There's one glaring exception--Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, whose thematic scope and earnest interest in character sets it apart from its porn-themed brethren. Furthermore, there are a few porn stars who have successfully transitioned to mainstream projects, such as Traci Lords and The Girlfriend Experience's Sasha Grey, but those rare actresses eschewed nudity-heavy roles that would pigeonhole them as lascivious one-trick ponies. As re-established by both The Canyons and Lovelace, brushing up against porn personalities and scenarios is mainly just a flaccid means of trying to energize stories that otherwise can't fully sustain audience interest.

The Canyons
The Canyons

If this sounds like a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't argument, that's because it is--dramatic films with real sex are marred by look-at-me gimmicks, and those that feign porn outrageousness (through their casting, or their stories' subject matter and milieus) come across as neutered poseurs. The long, hard truth: Porn is best left in porn.

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bliss189
bliss189

I don't know, I think the writer of the article misses the point.  Many of these films are actually comments on the body and our relationships to our bodies either via commodification or loss of self.  "Anatomy of Hell"  and others are on a much higher level than "Basic Instinct."  The depiction is necessary, especially to break down, in a positive way, Judeo-Christian morality.   The more the writer tries to deny his "puritanism" it just seems like he's just towing the standard, repressed City Pages hipster line.  Also, Catherine Breillat's "Anatomy of Hell" doesn't particulary appeal to male audiences and to say that on-screen depicts of actual coitus is somehow "high-brow" porn for males is ridiculous at best.  Perhaps the writer needs to retire to his room and read his Andrea Dworkin and listen to Bon Iver.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Movies and porn overestimate the attention on sexuality in our design, and sometimes inhibit unnatural obsessions. 

 

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