History of Sex in Cinema:
The Greatest and Most Influential
Sexual Films and Scenes


1997, Part 2

The History of Sex in Cinema
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Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description

Liar, Liar (1997)

In this major comedy vehicle starring Jim Carrey as lawyer Fletcher Reede, his son Max's birthday wish came true -- his father could not tell a lie for 24 hours.

In a memorable elevator scene, he shared the enclosed space between floors with a big-busted, newly-hired office worker (Krista Allen, exhibitionist star of Emmanuelle in Space (1994) films, see earlier) who told him: "Everybody's been real nice." Uncontrollably and in uninhibited truthful fashion (expressing what most men would be thinking in the same situation), he blurted out:

"It must be because you have big jugs, I mean, your boobs are huge, I mean, I wanna squeeze 'em. Mama! (with sucking noises from his mouth)."

She slapped him before the doors opened on the next floor.

Busty Woman in Elevator
(Krista Allen)

Live Flesh (1997, Sp.) (aka Carne Trémula)

Writer/director Pedro Almodovar's crime film and twisted story of erotic passion and vindictive romance between five individuals was loosely based on Ruth Rendell's book "Live Flesh."

It told of prostitute Isabel Plaza Caballero's (Penelope Cruz in a small cameo) son named Victor Plaza (Liberto Rabal), who in his adult years became sexually-obsessed with drug-using hooker Elena Benedetti (Francesca Neri). When pizza-delivery man Victor forced himself on her for an uninvited second visit a week later, she refused to see him: "Get out of here! Just because you came between my legs the other night, you think you can sneak in here demanding explanations? What is this, you s--t?" - she also insulted his manhood and virility: "A really great f--k? You didn't even stick it in! You've got a lot to learn!"

Two police officers were called to the scene of gun shots at Elena's apartment where Victor was arrested. The two cop buddies were:

  • David de Paz (Javier Bardem), clean-cut, stable and handsome
  • Sancho (Jose Sancho), abusive, unstable, alcoholic and psychotic -- married to Clara (Angela Molina), and often suspicious of her infidelities - especially with David

During the incident and a struggle for the gun, David was shot and partially paralyzed, and Victor was imprisoned as a result. While in prison, Victor learned that wheelchair-bound David was participating in the summer paralympics, and had married Elena (who could only be satisfied through oral sex). After rehab, Elena worked at an orphanage for disadvantaged children.

After serving a four-year prison term, Victor entered into a 'teach-me-about-sex' affair with Sancho's wife - the experienced and promiscuous Clara. He told her: "You can teach anything. And I learn fast. Real fast. I want to become the best lover in the world. Tell me things you like to do. What you think about when you masturbate. I"ve got time to learn." She offered constructive tips: "First of all, don't dive at my pussy so fast....Not to eat it...or stick it in....You have to prepare it first. It'll tell you when it's ready....Making love involves two people."

After a brief encounter with Elena at her father's burial ceremony, Victor also began to stalk Elena at work by becoming a volunteer. David learned of Victor's contact with Elena and jealously confronted him. Elena also attempted to evade Victor's repeated contact with her, especially when she became knowledgeable of his own vengeful plan regarding her, and his persistent affair with Clara:

A ridiculous plan. Of all that happened that night, what hurt me most was that you insulted me and said I couldn't f--k. I swore I'd make you eat those words someday. Worst of all, it was true. So, I decided that when I got out of jail, I'd become the world's best lover. My plan was to spend a whole night with you. During the night, I'd f--k you non-stop, until I split you in two. I'd give you more pleasure than you'd ever dreamed of. And naturally, you would fall for me. But, I'd dump you, and I'd never go back to you, not even if you begged me. That was my revenge. That was my plan.

As the film's intensifying conflicts were brewing, Víctor broke up with Clara. And then one night at the orphanage, Elena offered Victor one pleasurable night of intertwining passion, but demanded that he never contact her again. Afterwards, she divulged her unfaithfulness to David, but vowed to remain with him. David was furious: "Why the f--k stay with me?"; she answered: "You need me more than he does."

In the melodramatic ending , violence ensued: Clara shot and wounded Sancho, and the wounded Sancho shot Clara dead and then killed himself.

Drug Using Hooker Elena (Francesca Neri)

Night of Passion with Victor

Clara (Angela Molina) with Victor

Lolita (1997)

Director Adrian Lyne's controversial version of Vladimir Nabokov's novel, due to its subject matter and young star, faced many obstacles to theatrical release in the US, although it contained virtually no female nudity (and a body double was used in one brief dimly-lit sex scene), and strict precautions were taken during filming.

It was a remake of Stanley Kubrick's film version in 1962, telling about a young 14 year-old "nymphet" named Lolita (15 year-old Dominique Swain at the time of filming) and an obsessed professor named Humbert Humbert (Jeremy Irons). The opening voice-over monologue provided praise for Humbert's love of the title character:

"She was Lo. Plain Lo in the morning. Standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. In my arms, she was always Lolita. Light of my life. Fire of my loins. My sin. My soul. Lolita."

Also in the film's opening, it described why Humbert was suffering from hebephilia (a sexual preference or obsession for pubescents) - in a flashback to Cannes, France in 1921, 14-year-old Humbert (Ben Silverstone) fell madly in love with teenaged Annabel Leigh (Emma Griffiths-Malin), but only four months later, she died of typhus:

"But there might have been no Lolita at all had I not first met Annabel. We were both 14. Whatever happens to a boy during the summer he's 14 can mark him for life...") - Humbert further explained his pedophilia: "The shock of her death froze something in me. The child I loved was gone. But I kept looking for her long after I'd left my own childhood behind. The poison was in the wound, you see. And the wound wouldn't heal..."

Flashback to 14 Years of Age:
The Roots of Humbert's Obsession

Annabel Lee (Emma Griffiths-Malin)

Young Humbert (Ben Silverstone)

Humbert was thinking of renting a room in a New England house in the town of Ramsdale, before teaching in the fall of 1947 at the local Beardsley College.

First View of Lolita Soaked by Lawn Sprinkler

He was being offered a room by annoying, garish, chain-smoking, red-nailed, oppressive, widowed single mother Mrs. Charlotte Haze (Melanie Griffith). He was about to decline her pushy $20/month offer when she suggested a last-minute view of her backyard: ("Don't say 'no' until you've seen the piazza") - the view included Humbert's first heart-stopping sighting of her young nymphet daughter Dolores sunbathing, while a lawn sprinkler soaked her pale sundress (Charlotte pointed her out: "That's my Lo"). Lo's upraised legs twisted and turned sensuously in the falling water, while she was reading a magazine filled with pictures of movie stars. When she smiled, she revealed her retainer. Humbert was stunned by the sight of Lolita and remarked: "beautiful" - referring to Lolita rather than Charlotte's garden of lilies. He immediately inquired into the rental fee.

Entranced by the provocative "nymphet," he would daydream about her, lose sleep, and call her a "little deadly demon." Lolita's mother Charlotte was concerned that her maturing daughter was bothering Humbert, asking: "Is she keeping you up?" Before Lolita was taken off to summer camp by her mother, she gave Humbert a memorable goodbye hug and kiss after she jumped into his arms and squeezed him with her thighs. To keep close to Lolita, Humbert accepted Charlotte's proposition that he marry her and become a "father" to her "little girl."

But Charlotte discovered his ruse and called him a "despicable criminal monster" and threatened: "You will never see that miserable brat ever again." His wish that she would be eliminated came true (she was fortuitously struck by a car outside their house), allowing him to have "Lolita in my arms."

When he picked Lolita up at summer camp, she admitted: "I've been revoltingly unfaithful to you," and then asked for a kiss. He pulled over and obliged her - she hopped into his lap for two sensuous kisses. When they spent an overnight in a lodge, they were forced to share a room with only a double bed. Lolita blurted out the word "incest" when they talked about how they were "thrown together" and sharing the same hotel room as father/daughter.

In the room after dinner, as he removed her ankle-socks, she confided: "If I tell you how naughty I was at camp, promise you won't be mad?... I've been such a disgusting girl, just let me tell you."

Early the next morning after sleeping in the same bed, in one of the film's most controversial scenes, she turned over and wet-kissed him on the mouth with a French kiss. She then whispered in his ear that she had played sexual games with Charlie while at camp. She then declared that she would demonstrate what she had learned: "I guess I'm gonna have to show you everything." As a prelude to oral sex and intercourse, she started to remove his pajama bottoms (and her own retainer) before a fade-out. Hubert explained in voice-over: "Gentlewomen of the jury, I was not even her first lover."

Later, Humbert was curious and asked if Charlie was her "first one." He felt "more and more uncomfortable" about corrupting her innocence, especially after she said that she hurt inside: "I was a daisy-fresh girl and look what you've done to me. I should call the police and tell them that you raped me, you dirty old man" - but then smiled teasingly. He mused during their extensive road travels that "despite all the fuss, the faces she made and the danger and hopelessness of it all, despite all that, I was in paradise, paradise whose skies were the color of hell flames, but a paradise still."

In the film's most sensual scene, Lolita rocked pleasurably on Humbert's lap while reading the newspaper comic pages.

When Humbert began teaching at Beardsley College in the fall, Lolita was enrolled in the Beardsley Prep School (for Girls). Humbert considered himself both "the willing corruptor of an innocent" and a "happy housewife." In another scene, Lolita manipulatively stroked his thigh with her bare foot ("You want more, don't you?"), then nuzzled next to his crotch, inched her hand up his left inner thigh, and bargained for $2 dollars (instead of her usual $1/week allowance).

Sexually Bargaining for $2 Dollars Allowance

When their relationship cooled, Humbert paid her for sex: "As she grew cooler towards my advances, I became accustomed to purchasing her favors." Long simmering hatred erupted when she was slapped for being insolent, and she accused Humbert of murder. She howled at him: "Murder me like you murdered my mother!" But then, desperate not to lose her, they made up only hours later, when she undressed in front of him and requested: "Take me to bed." During their second extended road trip, Lolita provocatively mouthed a banana while wearing a white two-piece outfit.

As tensions and jealousy continued to rise between the two, he suspected that she had another rival lover like himself ("another mad lover of nymphets") who was thought to be following them - playwright Clare Quilty (Frank Langella). Humbert caught the guilty-looking Lolita lying and with smeared lipstick on her face. He forced his own kisses from her - lipstick became smeared on their faces as he begged to know the pursuer's identity: "Please tell me." Shortly later, she was driven away by someone named "Uncle Gustave" (aka Quilty) in a fancy Cadillac. The frantic Humbert engaged in a lengthy search for her (voice-over) after her kidnapping: "I searched all our old haunts and for several months the trail remained warm. The thief, the kidnapper, whatever you want to call him, he was clever" - without any luck, Humbert returned to Beardsley alone.

Three years later, everything had turned tragic for the major characters. An indebted and destitute Lolita (now married to Mr. Richard "Dick" F. Shiller - and pregnant - she had experienced "much sadness and hardship") contacted Humbert by letter and asked for money. During a sad reunion in her humble dwelling in Coalmont, he learned that perverted child pornographer Quilty who "liked little girls" (Lolita admitted: "He was the only man I was ever really crazy about") had whisked her away to his Pavor Manor in Parkington to be in one of his porno films, but she had refused and was thrown out.

In a long voice-over, Humbert still described his ever-lasting love for Lolita:

"I looked and looked at her and I knew, as clearly as I know that I will die, that I loved her more than anything I'd ever seen or imagined on earth. She was only the dead leaf echo of the nymphet from long ago, but I loved her, this Lolita, pale and polluted and big with another man's child. She could fade and wither - I didn't care. I would still go mad with tenderness at the mere sight of her face."

After requesting her to leave with him, she rejected him ("I'd almost rather go back with Clare"). Nonetheless, Humbert gave her $4,000 dollars cash without asking for anything in return, and as he was about to drive away, he imagined her as a 14 year-old nymphet again on the porch.

In the concluding scene, Humbert vengefully tracked down Quilty (nude under a gray robe) at his Manor, and threatened him with a gun: "You cheated me of my redemption. You have to die." During a prolonged, excessively bloody and violent sequence, Quilty was shot multiple times in the back in his hallway and then, after crawling into his bed, was shot one final time.

Just before Humbert was arrested by police in a cow pasture without resistance, he experienced an epiphany (in voice-over) about Lolita's loss of childhood innocence:

"What I heard then was the melody of children at play. Nothing but that. And I knew that the hopelessly poignant thing was not Lolita's absence from my side but the absence of her voice from that chorus."

The sad postscript (title screen) described their fates: "Humbert died in prison of a coronary thrombosis on November 16, 1950. Lolita died in childbirth on Christmas day, 1950."

Lolita On Humbert's Lap:
"Am I getting a zit?"

Growing Attraction and Flirtations

Goodbye Kiss Before Leaving for Camp

After Summer Camp, Kissing in the Car

Confession of Being "Naughty" at Camp

Overnighting in the Same Double Bed

Lolita's "French Kiss" and "I Guess I'm Gonna Have to Show You Everything"

Pleasurably Reading the Comics Page While Rocking on Humbert's Lap

"Go ahead, murder me, like you murdered my mother!"

"Take me to bed"

Eating a Banana

Lolita With Smudged Lipstick - Humbert Pleaded: "Who is it?"

Lolita - Three Years Later - Married, Pregnant and In Debt

Humbert's Voice-Over About His Love For Lolita

The Murder of Quilty by Humbert

Humbert's Final Epiphany (in voice-over)

Lost Highway (1997)

David Lynch's cryptic, non-linear film about double lives, a two-part almost incomprehensible film, included many steamy sex scenes performed by Patricia Arquette, playing a dual role as:

  • Renee Madison (Patricia Arquette), a hip, brunette LA goth wife
  • Alice Wakefield (also Patricia Arquette), a washed-out blonde gun moll

She interacted with two other characters respectively:

  • Fred Madison (Bill Pullman), tenor saxophone jazz musician, sexually frustrated, married to unfaithful Renee (Fred suspected she was possibly having an affair with a much older man, a porn mogul and gangster Mr. Eddy (aka Dick Laurent))
  • Peter Raymond Dayton (Balthazar Getty) a young auto mechanic (in a confusing identity switch with Fred Madison), with brunette girlfriend Sheila (Natasha Gregson Wagner)

Renee and Fred found themselves troubled when a series of mysterious packages (with videotapes of them sleeping while someone surreptitiously filmed them) appeared at their door. Fred was startled when he received a videotape of himself murdering Renee and standing over her slaughtered body (he murdered her for having an affair). He was accused and charged with her murder, put in jail, and sentenced as a death row murderer (to die in the electric chair).

Then suddenly - as part of a surrealistic dream fantasy of a dying and guilty man (the film's main plot twist) - auto mechanic Peter Dayton replaced Fred in the cell (Fred imagined himself as a younger and attractive man working at a garage), and he was released. When Pete returned to his garage job, he attracted the attention of mobster thug "Mr. Eddy"/aka Dick Laurent (Robert Loggia) for car repairs, and found himself having passionate feelings for the mobster's mistress Alice (resembling Fred's wife Renee) - Pete was soon having illicit sex with her, to compensate for losing his wife earlier.

Alice's (Patricia Arquette) Mobster Strip-Tease

There was a dialogue-less flashback scene in which mobster "Mr. Eddy" forcibly at gunpoint had Alice, his female companion, strip down to her thong in front of him at his mansion.

When Pete was drawn into the schemes of Alice, he agreed on her plan to rob her porn producer friend Andy (Michael Massee) and then run away with her, but the theft was bungled and Andy was accidentally killed.

Alice told Pete that "Mr. Eddy" was actually a porno producer named Dick Laurent, and she was forced to perform in his skin flicks. When the two laid naked together in the desert and were lit by the car's headlights while making love, he told her: "I want you," and she whispered in his ear: "You'll never have me."

The plot became even more complex when Pete transformed back into his original identity as Fred, and Alice returned to being Renee, and the plot circled back upon itself. Fred's delusion broke down and he found himself back in reality and under interrogation for his wife's murder.

Renee Madison (Patricia Arquette)

Fred Having Sex With Wife Renee, Before She was Dismembered and Murdered

Renee Murdered and Dismembered by Fred

Alice Wakefield (also Patricia Arquette)

In the Desert in Front of Car Headlights, Pete Had Sex With Alice - She told him: "You'll never have me"

Sheila (Natasha Gregson Wagner) - Pete's girlfriend

Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos) (1997, Sp./It./Fr.)

Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar's surreal, psychological suspense film was compared to Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958). (See also the entry for Vanilla Sky (2001), starring Penelope Cruz with real-life lover (at the time) Tom Cruise.)

This confusing, baffling and somewhat captivating film told about 25 year-old formerly handsome, narcissistic playboy César (Eduardo Noriega) who suffered a hideous facial disfigurement following an automobile accident.

Two Women in Cesar's Life

Jilted Nuria (Najwa Nimri)

Flirting with Sofia Cueto (Penelope Cruz)

Just before the tragedy, he had spent a long evening at his own birthday party with beautiful brunette Sofia Cueto (Penelope Cruz), the girlfriend of his best friend Pelayo (Fele Martinez) and was very much interested in her. He also wanted to escape his possessive and jealous black-haired lover Nuria (Najwa Nimri) at the same time.

After a deliberately-caused major car accident with Nuria driving her sports-car, she was killed and Cesar was seriously injured, with disfiguring facial injuries. After the accident, Cesar had a prosthetic mask. He became suicidal and was suffering from mental trauma and delusions, and was looking for a way to resolve his life predicament. He began to have unsettling disjunctions, dreamy wish fulfillments (mostly to get together with Sofia, or to have a new face), and bewildering reality flips. Obviously, he wanted to reunite with Sofia, but not in the condition he was in.

[Note: From here on, the film was an "artificial perception" or dream, provided by a cryogenics company to which he was contracted.]

In this plot-twisting film about the nature of reality, he 'awoke' lying in a Madrid street - awakened by Sofia's whispered words "Open your eyes" and a kiss. In the meantime, his wishes were fulfilled (in dreams?) when plastic surgery appeared to restore the narcissistic Cesar to his former self.

Sofia quickly became his lover and they made love in a highly-sensual, remarkable topless scene. She posed while atop him, motionless and suggesting: "If you want me to move, you have to put in a coin." After he pretended to insert a coin in a slot in her left shoulder ("Ting"), she smiled and lavishly smothered him with more kisses. An off-screen narrator spoke: "We never appreciate the good moments till they're over. Maybe that's why they're good moments. We don't stop to think about them."

Sofia (Penelope Cruz): "If you want me to move, you have to put in a coin."

The confusing part of the film was that much of the second half of the film was a virtual reality dream (spliced into his real memories) of what César imagined he had experienced after the night of his birthday party. He began to have unsettling disjunctions, dreamy wish fulfillments (mostly to get together with Sofia, or to have a new face), and bewildering reality flips.

He also falsely remembered that he had repressed his killing of Nuria/Sofia when she wouldn't 'turn back' into the 'other' Sofia. Deranged, he had smothered Nuria/Sofia with a pillow while making love to her. It was explained that there was a "splice of 150 years" inserted between Cesar's "real life" and "virtual life." The splice was something that he shouldn't have noticed because he was "dead and frozen," but apparently Cesar did.

Through hypnosis with his psychiatrist, Cesar remembered that around the time of his disfigurement, he was pressured to sign papers ("You won't regret it. Sign") for a contract with an American cryogenics company called Life Extension (or L.E.). The company was thought at first to be the name of the Madrid office's secretary 'Eli'. He had contracted for L.E. to freeze his body (after he committed suicide in despair over the accident), and provide him with other after-life services. The cryonization company was paid to give him "immortality" after death ("You pay to live eternally") - in other words, a rebirth. He would be given a future fantasy virtual paradisical life of "artificial perceptions" (in Clause 14) or virtual reality dreams - based upon his past experiences.

At the end of the film, Cesar was permitted to visit the high-rise offices of the L.E. company with his psychiatrist. Because of the technological glitches in L.E.'s cryonics VR system. Cesar decided: "I want to wake up!...This is a nightmare!" - he wished to 'kill' his virtual life that he had contracted for. Cesar believed that he had finally overcome his fears and could live a better life ("You just have to ask") in the future year of 2145, about 150 years into the future.

Cesar closed his eyes, and conjured up his long-dead lover Sofia, breathtakingly beautiful in an almost transparent white dress, and restored his own face to normal. Wordlessly, he embraced her. He also imagined his long-dead best friend Pelayo looking on. He wanted to see them one last time before 'killing' his life. He resolved to "open his eyes" to non-cryogenic healed life in the future - he elected to wake up and be resurrected, now that plastic surgery had advanced and might help him.

Cesar gave Sofia a farewell kiss, and then jumped - hopefully to trigger his rebirth. An instant before he hit the ground, the film cut to black, and a strange woman's voice (a nurse?) soothed him: "Tranquilo. Tranquilo. Abre los ojos..." ("Relax. Relax. Open your eyes...").

Playboy Cesar (Eduardo Noriega)

Facially-Disfigured Cesar After Car Accident

Cesar With Sofia

Frozen Cyrogenically - Everything Was Only a Dream

Cesar's Black-Haired Lover Nuria (Najwa Nimri) - or was it Sofia?

Sofia/Nuria Smothered

His Final Meeting With Sofia on a Rooftop of the Life Extension Building

Suicidally Jumping From Roof to End His Nightmarish Life and Trigger Rebirth

Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997) (aka Poison Ivy 3)

This erotic thriller was the third in a long series of sometimes profitable, often direct-to-video 'Poison Ivy' films (see other three entries), with R-rated and unrated versions (and extended sex sequences):

  • Poison Ivy (1992) with Drew Barrymore
  • Poison Ivy II: Lily (1996) with Alyssa Milano
  • Poison Ivy: The Secret Society (2008) with Miriam McDonald and Shawna Waldron

Jaime Pressly, in her feature film debut in a lead role, starred as Violet, Ivy's evil and manipulative younger temptress sister, regularly seducing anyone. A prologue introduced Violet as an 8 year-old (Tenaya Erich), whose mother Rebecca (Athena Massey) was living as a housekeeper in the Greer family home, run by husband Ivan (Michael Des Barres) and Catherine (Merete Van Camp). When they were evicted due to promiscuous Rebecca caught having sex with the pool-boy, a traumatized Violet was forced to leave the household.

It wasn't until around 11 years later (in 1997) that she was reunited with grown-up 19 year-old step-sibling Joy Greer (Megan Edwards), when she took summer residence as a houseguest at the Greer's hillside home - seeking retribution as a blonde hedonistic bombshell.

It wasn't long before scheming and seductive homewrecker Violet was taking a bath, and then sharing cocaine and performing oral sex on her best friend Joy's Ivy League, sexually-frustrated fiancee Michael (Greg Vaughan), who had a drug problem.

After a night swim, she poured champagne over her chest to get Michael's attention before having sex with him. She also manipulatively targeted widowed, white-haired head of household father Ivan by first disrobing and swimming topless (in slow-motion) in the outdoor pool in a shiny gold thong bikini. She then undressed for him down to her red thong underwear (and sat fully naked on a chair in front of him), and also allowed him to pull down her red dress and touch her breasts from behind.

Violet's (Jaime Pressly) Topless Pool Swim

Michael began to rightly suspect that the malevolent Violet was seductively evil - faking night waitressing at a Denny's Restaurant and working instead as a high-priced sadomasochistic, dominatrix prostitute.

To silence him, Violet murdered Michael with a drug overdose injection, and was discovered by a shocked Joy having sex with Ivan. The homicidal temptress then killed Ivan by subjecting him to carbon monoxide poisoning in a closed garage. During a climactic struggle between Joy and Violet, the evil seductress fell to her death down stairs, as the film concluded, leaving Joy as the family's sole survivor.

Violet (Jaime Pressly)

Preaching to the Perverted (1997, UK)

Writer/director Stuart Urban's R-rated dark comedy-drama was his debut film. It was banned in Ireland and in the Philippines for promoting "lesbianism and other immoral acts," although its kinky sex acts and abundant nudity were not very erotic. However, in order to avoid the restrictive NC-17 certificate, the US distributor of the DVD and video was obliged to edit three scenes to achieve an "R" for its release, one of which was the Relaxacisor scene in which electrodes were applied to Tanya's genitals. Another was the severing of the prosthetic penis (and fluorescent pink "blood") by performance artist Tutu.

The Relaxacisor Scene

The risque film - actually an off-beat romantic comedy - told about young, virginal and innocent British House of Commons government intern Peter Emery (Christien Anholt), a computer buff (working for Holy Hardware with the motto: 'Log On to the Lord!') dispatched by a crusading Christian right group called the United Front Opposing Filth.

Peter was assigned by high-ranking Tory bureaucrat official Henry Harding MP (Tom Bell) to investigate ("penetrate") the world of London's S&M subculture, including fetish and extreme sex clubs, etc. He was to use undercover tactics (with a concealed camera) to divulge 'indecency' and 'bodily harm' inflicted on individuals.

He became obsessed with imperious New York sex goddess and fetish dominatrix Tanya Cheex (lesbian actress Guinevere Turner) in the underground S&M sex club named House of Thwax, which put on roving leather and whip shows for decadent aristocrats in luxurious country manors.

Tanya Cheex (Guinevere Turner)

In one scene, fetishists were invited on-stage to engage in debauchery: "Volunteers - Approach the altar." She preached against penetration, while sporting various piercings and raging against straight intercourse.

The inexperienced Peter tried to persuade her to reform and go straight, while she ended up perverting him ("One day, I'm going to give you such a spanking"), and causing a rift with her own subservient slave-assistant and loyal lesbian lover Eugenie (Julie Graham). When the results of his investigation were revealed, it was too late to stop proceedings now that he had fallen for Tanya.

The end credits listed nipple and tongue doubles for Turner, who also confessed that modest members of the cast wore a flesh-colored G-string with fake pubic hair (a muff-wig, pubic wig, or merkin).

Peter (Christien Anholt)

(l to r): Eugenie (Julie Graham) and Tanya

Tanya Cheex (Guinevere Turner)

Eugenie (Julie Graham)

Private Parts (1997)

Betty Thomas' controversial comedy-drama and media satire was based upon Howard Stern's best-selling 1993 book. It was a quasi-autobiographical account of "Shock Jock" Howard Stern's rise to stardom as the self-crowned "King of All Media." The irrepressible and rebellious Stern received a Razzie nomination as "Worst New Star" for his portrayal, losing the honor to Dennis Rodman in Double Team (1997). The film contained both profanity and nudity - and therefore was censored/edited for various network/TV broadcasts.

It followed him from his early days as a geek and his marriage to social worker Alison (Mary McCormack) to his uncensored, scatological fame as a DJ on NY morning radio. In the film, he was joined by real-life sidekicks: news anchor and partner Robin Quivers, engineer Fred Norris, Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling and producer Gary ("Baba Booey") Dell'Abate.

In real-life, Stern displayed adolescent humor, such as the scene in which he imagined the breasts of airport traveler Gloria (model Carol Alt) ballooning in size. He continually battled his prudish superiors at various radio stations over his overt bathroom humor and sex antics. Behind the scenes early in his career, he had a naked sudsy bathtub dalliance with red-haired rising starlet Brittany Fairchild (Melanie Good) in her hotel room, causing his wife to leave him temporarily when she found out.

In the film's most voyeuristic scene typical of Stern's on-air antics, he received a massage from buxom, totally nude porn star Jenna Jameson in a cameo appearance as Mandy, causing radio executive nemesis Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton (Paul Giamatti) to cut off the broadcast.

Nude Radio Guest Appearance by Mandy (Jenna Jameson)

It also included the infamous scene of a female listener, credited as Orgasm Woman (Theresa Lynn) being sexually stimulated when she straddled the vibrating bass sounds of her speaker when he hummed her to orgasm. During a "Match Game" parody, he provided fill-in-the-blanks words: "(blank)-willow" and "(blank)-a-doodle-doo," forcing obscenities to be spoken.

Gloria (Carol Alt)

Brittany Fairchild (Melanie Good)

Stern's Wife Alison (Mary McCormack)

Orgasm Woman (Theresa Lynn)

Starship Troopers (1997)

Paul Verhoeven's science-fiction film was accused by critics of displaying gratuitous nudity (female breast nudity and partially-veiled male frontal nudity), although it was of a non-sexual nature. It followed the training of Mobile Infantry volunteer Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) from basic training through brutal combat experiences in an interstellar war against alien arthropods to becoming an officer.

The Uni-Sex Shower Scene
Djana'D (Tami-Adrian George)
Cheerleader (Brooke Morales)
Dizzy Flores (Dina Meyer)

It included an infamous uni-sex shower scene with male and female soldiers cavorting and sharing the same open shower stalls at boot camp. In the scene while they soaped and rinsed off, the camera showed various grunts talking about their "excuse" for joining up with the futuristic 23rd Century Mobile Infantry: "Well, we all have one thing in common. We're all stupid enough to sign up for Mobile Infantry." In the futuristic society, military service was required in order to attain citizenship. African American Djana'D (Tami-Adrian George) added that she was going into politics so she had to be a citizen.

After brash and tomboyish Ace fighter Dizzy Flores (Dina Meyer), who was infatuated with hot-shot Johnny (he joined the military with demure pilot girlfriend Carmen Ibanez (Denise Richards)), removed her black T-shirt top and joined the bathers, she answered for Rico and embarrassed him. She referred to his 'girlish' reason to enlist in the military: "Oh, uh, he said because of a girl." She didn't answer back when asked: "Is it you?"

When Carmen Ibanez broke off her romance with Rico for career reasons, he became romantic with Dizzy Flores. She leaned back and peeled off her own black T-shirt (with her dog-tag dangling between her breasts). Part way off, it got stuck over her nose and head - serving as a mask over her eyes as she was being kissed by Johnny; he asked her: "What's so funny?" and she replied: "You know. Just the way things work out," but their heated kissing was interrupted by a call to move out because of a distress call from Planet "P." Their relationship was short-lived when she was impaled by one of the giant bugs.

Rico and Dizzy (Dina Meyer)

Titanic (1997)

James Cameron's romance epic about the cruise ship's demise in 1912 was one of the biggest blockbusters of all time and a Best Picture Oscar winner. It told a flashback story about the discovery of a nude sketch and a 56-carat diamond necklace.

The setting for the drawing was later realized with a younger Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) - a society rich girl, who posed naked (wearing only the blue diamond necklace) for poor boy Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio). Some versions of the film (the TV network version and others) edited out or modified this brief nude scene.

Sketching Rose (Kate Winslet) Nude Sequence

She was the one who proposed the idea of a drawing while wearing the necklace:

Rose: "Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls - wearing this."
Jack: "All right."
Rose: "Wearing only this."

She entered the room wearing a semi-transparent robe, noting: "The last thing I need is another picture of me looking like a porcelain doll. As a paying customer, I expect to get what I want." She opened the robe, revealed her complete nakedness. Jack nervously instructed: "Over on the bed - the couch. Go, lie down." She then reclined on a couch, with the Blue Sapphire nestled between her breasts. As he sketched her naked figure and drew the curved line of her breasts, she noticed: "I believe you are blushing, Mr. Big Artiste. I can't imagine Monsieur Monet blushing." The eye of Rose aged, and then she recalled: "My heart was pounding the whole time. It was the most erotic moment of my life. Up until then, at least." Jack dated the sketch April 14, 1912, and signed his initials.

Also slightly later, in the stereotypical 'make-out' scene between the couple (with significant class differences) in the back seat of a car onboard, Jack first asked Rose: "Where to, Miss?" (pretending to be a chauffeur), and she responded: "To the stars." She dragged him through the open window into the backseat. Close to each other before love-making, he was slightly apprehensive, but she was more assertive:

Jack (wondering): "You nervous?"
Rose: "No. (She kissed his fingers) Put your hands on me, Jack."

He intimately touched her breast as he kissed her and they reclined. (During a short interlude, the ship came closer and closer to meeting its fateful destiny.) Rose's handprint was seen on the fogged-up window of the car - it reached out and then slid down and left a steamy imprint.

The camera panned down to reveal their sweaty embrace, as she noticed: "You're trembling." He replied: "Don't worry, I'll be all right," and then he continued kissing her.

Jack (Leonardo di Caprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) in a Making Out Sequence in a Vehicle

Two Girls and a Guy (1997)

Writer/director James Toback's R-rated, adult-oriented, dark ensemble psycho-drama was about love, dishonesty and infidelity.

As the title suggested, it told about "two girls" in love with the same "guy" --- struggling, two-timing actor Blake Allen (Robert Downey, Jr.) with two girlfriends:

  • Carla Bennett (Heather Graham), an angel-faced blonde
  • Louise or "Lou" (Natasha Gregson Wagner), punkish

It included a dimly-lit, silhouetted hot seduction scene in Blake's bedroom in a trendy SoHo Manhattan apartment - an impromptu exchange of sexual favors (oral sex) between two semi-clothed, non-nude individuals: Blake with Carla. At the same time, "Lou" sat outside the door.

[Note: The major seduction scene was trimmed by 45 seconds to comply with censorship regulations and to escape an NC-17 rating.]

U-Turn (1997)

Director Oliver Stone's western-styled film noir, similar to Blood Simple (1984) and Red Rock West (1993), was filled with so many unpredictable double-crossing twists and turns that it was difficult to know from moment to moment who would survive and who would perish in the short 24 hour time span of the film. The taglines succinctly described its unpredictability:

  • Expect the Unexpected
  • Sex. Murder. Betrayal. Everything that makes life worth living.

The bloody, violence-filled black comedy about deception, jealousy and greed was also complete with quick editing, jerky camera movements, odd angled shots, deep saturated colors, brights flashs, etc.

The fatalistic film opened with an ironic song, "It's a Good Day" (by Peggy Lee) and symbols of death - roadkill on a desert highway, buzzards circling in the air, a carcass' entrails being picked at, and a scorpion on a waterfaucet. One of the first lines about the hot weather foreshadowed death: "Day like today, you'd be dead in no time."

Grace McKenna (Jennifer Lopez)

Jake McKenna (Nick Nolte)

Disreputable, pill-popping lout/gambler Bobby Cooper (Sean Penn) was driving along in his red 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible when it suffered a busted radiator hose, and he pulled off the highway into the small desolate town of Superior, Arizona. While his car was being 'repaired' at Harlin's Garage by greasy, grinning satanic mechanic Darrell (Billy Bob Thornton) ("an ignorant, inbred, tumbleweed hick"), he walked to town where he caught a glimpse of the film's gorgeous femme fatale temptress in a tight orange dress - Grace McKenna (Jennifer Lopez), a married, "half-breed" Apache.

She flirtatiously invited him to her house, where they were caught kissing when her grizzly, insanely-jealous older husband Jake McKenna (Nick Nolte), a wealthy realtor, unexpectedly arrived home. He screamed at her: "I got a mind to put you over my knee and paddle your ass raw," although later he told Bobby: "I'll bet you she just had you hard as a rock, just wiggling her ass in your face. I bet you just wanted to pull her pants down and hog her out."

In flashbacks, it was revealed that Bobby, a former tennis teacher, owed $30,000 to Russian mobsters in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was tortured with two fingers cut off one hand with garden shears for an overdue debt. His hand was still bandaged. His desire to get on the road and deliver the cash in a satchel backfired during a violent grocery store robbery (a shotgun blast shredded the bills), and the beleaguered Bobby was trapped in the hellish town with no money to pay for his expensive car repair. The plot intensified when there were various tempting proposals offered to solve his dilemma.

Grace's despicable husband proposed killing his younger wife ("Women, can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em"), because he claimed: "I'm just sick and tired of her goddamn little games," and he suggested splitting her $50,000 life insurance policy money. Jake was jealous of her, tormented by her, and accusatory, calling her masochistic: "Like f--king half this town behind my back and laughing at me. The bitch! She wants me to hit her, and then when I hit her, she likes it." But then he said softly: "She's my family. She's my little girl. My baby."

However, when Bobby had the opportunity to kill Grace (in the same manner that Jake had probably killed Grace's mother), he resisted pushing Grace off a desert cliff to make it look like an accident (after she sighed and wished to fly away to escape: "I wish I was a bird...If I was a bird, I'd fly to Florida, Disney World"). When he was holding her back from falling, she quipped: "I bet right now, you don't know if you want to kill me or f--k me."

Afterwards, they did make love outdoors on a blanket, but it was coitus interruptus and Bobby had to finish himself off behind a tree. He was frustrated with her: "You're becoming the queen of hot and cold" (a significant clue about her personality).

She also revealed sordid 'messy' stories of an unfaithful Jake keeping Grace's mother on the side: "Jake was with my mom. After my real father died. He used to call me his 'little half- breed'. He kept my mom on the side, you know, 'cause. he had a wife someplace else. He'd control me." Jake had also been raping Grace for many years: ("He was raping me the whole time, for years"). She described how her mother was affected: "It tore her up 'cause she couldn't do nothin' about it. She become alcoholic. They found my mama right down here. At the bottom of Apache Leap." Supposedly, Jake killed Grace's alcoholic mother (he pushed her off the cliff at Apache Leap, although it was ruled accidental by the Sheriff - drunken insanity). Afterwards, Jake forced Grace to marry him.

Grace, desperate for revenge, proposed killing her abusive husband, who was hoarding money ($100,000?) in a locked safe under the floorboards in their bedroom - annoyingly, he kept the safe's key on a chain around his neck ("He keeps it on him all the time. So it's slapping up against me when we do it"). Bobby chose to help Grace eliminate Jake.

At night, Bobby entered the McKenna home through a back door left unlocked by Grace. As Grace made love on the bed with Jake entering her from behind, he abusively blamed her, as she asked for forgiveness: "You've been a bad girl, haven't you, Grace!...Oh, f--k it away, f--k it away! But it ain't ever gonna go away, 'cause your mama she won't go away, she won't leave you alone. Broke your mama's heart when you stole me. You been a bad girl, Grace, you bitch! Broke her heart."

[There was a momentary flash in which Grace was replaced by her mother during sex - in a disturbing flashback. And then Jake apologized to Grace - for murdering her mother, and sobbed: "Baby, I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to hit you so hard. It just got away. Forgive me."]

They were interrupted when Jake heard a noise (Bobby entering the house) and grabbed his gun. During a struggle in the living room with Jake holding a gun to Bobby's head, Bobby claimed that killing Jake was Grace's idea: ("She wants you dead. She wants your money...You know what kind of woman Grace is, Jake") and that he would kill her for Jake for only $200. Bobby raced to the bedroom to kill Grace - and played dead on the floor.

Jake McKenna Murdered by Grace and Bobby

When Jake arrived in the room, Bobby struck him over the head with a golf club, and Grace (and Bobby) gruesomely and vengefully murdered Jake with a tomahawk embedded first in his back and then twice in his chest. Immediately, Grace grabbed the key from Jake's chain and opened the floorboard safe filled with possibly $200,000 in cash. Afterwards, Grace and Bobby made love next to the dead body: "Let him watch. I want him to know what he's missing."

As they escaped from town, they were pulled over by suspicious Sheriff Virgil Potter (Powers Booth), another of Grace's lovers whom she had 'played' like Bobby. Manipulatively, Grace turned on Bobby, blaming him for Jake's death: ("He killed Jake and he said he'd kill me if I didn't come with him. All he wants is the money"). Bobby exclaimed: "You're f--kin' him too? Is everybody f--king everybody in this crazy goddamn town?" When Potter felt betrayed, he was enraged: "I watched you f--k that pervert for years. All the time, you was telling me you loved me...Just you and me, Grace...I want you to be my wife. What do you say, Grace?" When she told him to go back to his family, Potter revealed Grace's darkest secret - Grace was illegitimate, and engaged in consensual father-daughter incest:

You see, old crazy Jake is really her Papa. And she liked f--kin' her Papa. Now she's killed that son of a bitch just like she's gonna kill you.

Sheriff Virgil Potter (Powers Booth) Assaulting Bobby - Blamed For Jake's Death

Sheriff Potter Shot and Killed by Double-Crossing Grace

Incensed by the revelation, Grace shot and killed the Sheriff with three bullets. Now, two bodies were stashed in the trunk. As they drove away, there were flashbacks of Grace having sex with her father as she confessed:

Don't you really want to know? Was Jake my father? Was I f--king my -- ?...Yes, I was! I was f--king my daddy! And I married him! I married him, okay? I just wanted to be a kid and he took that from me. They treated me like, like meat. A piece of meat. F--k them! F--k the whole town! They deserved to die!

In the absurdist ending at a cliffside (one of many false endings), untrusting Bobby proposed that they split the money and then go their separate ways ("I think you're a lying, backstabbing, psycho bitch and one day you'll kill me"). The two dead bodies (Jake and Sheriff Potter) were tossed off the edge, and then Grace pushed Bobby over the side, breaking his leg. But she didn't realize that he had the keys to the car in his pocket. When she scrambled down to his side for the keys, after handing them to her, he strangled her after he again told her:

"I don't know whether to love you - or kill you."

After struggling to get back to the car on the ridge, he thought he had made it with the money, but then the radiator hose busted again (he cried out: "Oh, s--t. Arizona"). Laughing maniacally, he expired in the hot desert sun.

Flashback: Bobby Cooper (Sean Penn) (Tortured and Missing Two Fingres)

Bobby Caught with Grace by Her Husband Jake McKenna (Nick Nolte)

Jake With Grace's Mother and Young Grace - A Tale of Incest

Bobby Tempted to Push Grace Off Cliff

Blurry Flashbacks to Abusive Husband Jake and Grace: "He was raping me the whole time, for years."

Jake Having Sex With Grace During Her Plan to Have Him Murdered by Bobby

Momentary Flash of Grace Replaced by Her Mother During Sex With Jake

Bobby Caught Entering the House, and Bargaining for His Life With Jake, With a Gun to His Head

Grace With The Cash Found in the Floor

Momentary Flashback of Grace Having Sex with Jake as She Confessed to Potter's Revelation That She Engaged in Incest

Bobby With Keys to Car

Grace Strangled

The Deadly Ending for Both Grace and Bobby

Under the Skin (1997, UK)

Writer/director Carine Adler's debut film (with the tagline: "Her Passion was Undeniable") told about the rivalry between two bereaving sisters when their beloved mother (Rita Tushingham) died from a terminal illness:

  • Rose Kelly (Claire Rushbrook), 24 years-old, married and pregnant
  • Iris (Samantha Morton in her feature film debut), 19 years-old, younger, wilder and more temperamental

In the film's opening, Iris drew with a black marker pen on her naked abdomen. The unstable and waif-like Iris, who had broken up with her steady boyfriend Gary (Matthew Delamere) and quit her job, sought comfort through promiscuous sexual and physical gratification while grieving over the overwhelming emotional loss of her Mum.

As she disintegrated and alienated everyone, she engaged in dispassionate and casual one-night-stand hookups with various objectified and dangerous men, including Tom (Stuart Townsend), while sometimes dressing slutty by wearing her mother's wig and rabbit-fur coat and pink sunglasses, or by engaging in masturbation (on her bed) and phone sex - her sexual encounters were described in her own voice-over.

In another scene, the interconnections between sex and death were emphasized by the cross-cutting between a sex pickup (with the kissing of her breasts and stomach) and the burning of the mother's casket.

Iris (Samantha Morton)

The Wings of the Dove (1997, UK)

Director Iain Softley's British romantic costume drama, based on the 1902 Henry James novel, was a story of forbidden and tormented love, deceptive loyalties and friendship, betrayal, deceit and vigorous sex -- in a secret affair at the turn of the century in Venice.

Young, desirous, and high-class society woman Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter) was threatened with loss of her inheritance and impoverishment by entering into a relationship with poor, working-class journalist Merton Densher (Linus Roache).

Further complications were provided by a third individual - terminally-ill American heiress Millie Theale (Alison Elliot), who was set up with Merton by the scheming, exploitative, and cynical Kate in order to inherit the woman's fortune upon her death. After the inevitable death occurred, shame and guilt-filled Merton suggested to Kate that they renounce their claims to the ill-acquired wealth.

In a scene played with the two stripped nude as they made love (but did not complete the act as she turned away) in his shabby London apartment, the couple discussed their plight. Kate rightly suspected that Merton was still in love with the memory of Millie and therefore couldn't marry her.

Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter)

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