Elena Martinique A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Throughout the 20th century, the sexuality has moved closer to the center of public debate than ever before.
This has brought a significant shift in the way sex and nudity were portrayed on the big screen. Within this context, Tinto Brass movies of the time have made him the cultured representative of s Italian erotic cinema.
Even though his early work includes many critically acclaimed avant-garde films of various genres, he is today mainly known for his later work in the realm of erotica. Tinto Brass Movies And Erotica In , he was commissioned to direct a sexploitation quickie Salon Kitty, but he has re-written the script to turn it into a dark, political satire.
After refusing to include footage of Penthouse centerfolds shoots, he was fired and locked out of the editing room. Guccione has botched the film and added hardcore sex scenes, which led to Brass removing his name from the credits.
Yet, Brass has decided to focus on erotica from then on as way of rebelling against the hypocrisy of censors. If you feel free, sexually, you are able to make changes in society. Social change takes place when one power is changed by another. Women are able to explore their erotic feelings easier than men. At any rate, they are more honest about these feelings. In this respect, I hope women will take charge of the world. His openly chauvinist take on sex was secular and joyous. His renewed directorial ambition was often expressed through irreverent and even sacrilegious allusions to directors like Rossellini, Visconti, Kubrick, and Fellini.
Thus, his directorial style was often described as impressionistic, even though he once stated that he is also inspired by German Expressionism. The decadence of excessive power is also a regular theme of his work, aiming to stage the dance on the figurative volcano. What I cannot do in reality I try to do in movies. My scenes are not connected by logic, but by analogy. In this way, they proceed like poetry and dreams. Sex Films of the s Paperback by Jon Abbott Following the sexual revolution in the s and s, the representation of the nudity, sex and female sexuality in cinema has changed and liberated completely.
This resulted in the rise of sex films that borderline pornography. What are these films? Who made these films and why, and who were they made for? What did they say then, and what do they tell us now? Nothing even remotely like these films is being made today. What has replaced them, and how, and why? All of these questions are answered in the opinionated and fact-filled book by Jon Abbott that analyzes the history of this strange new world that adults of both sexes and all ages found themselves in during the s and surrounding decades, from the s to the present day.
Salon Kitty, via cashiersdecinema. It is a wonderful erotic comedy about a couple getting married. While Masetto wants to keep Lola a virgin until they are married, she is impatient and very much intrigued by sex and does everything to trick Masetto into breaking the moral tradition.
This mischievous and amusing film also takes a few sideswipes at the Italian society at the time. Presenting the decadence of the Roman Empire, the film is full of hardcore sex and violence, featuring scenes of full-frontal nudity, masturbation, orgy and various sex games. Today, it is considered a cult classic and one of the most famous Tinto Brass films. The famous orgy scene includes over 50 naked women and graphic sex scenes and fetishes in all possible combinations.
Another Italian contemporary art star, Francesco Vezzoli was profoundly inspired by this film, having made an artistic video with a more up-to-date cast. Based on the novel of the same title by Peter Norden, the film covers the real life events of the Salon Kitty incident, where Sicherheitsdienst took over an expensive brothel in Berlin, wire-tapped it and replaced all prostitutes with professional spies.
This was meant to provide controversial information on various members of the Nazi party. The film is very decadent looking and paced like a millionaire shopping for caviar. Tinto Brass directed it with a heavy hand, focusing continually during the ending sequence to create a hypnotic effect. The orgy scene from the brothel featuring dozens of women and Nazi officers is certainly difficult to forget. The protagonist is a strong and sexually curious young woman who explores herself and her sexuality creating a boiling pot of lust in every location she crosses while her husband struggles to keep up with her.
Also, Brass brings a richness of color and imagery seldom seen in the soft-core arena. Wandering about his wife and her lover, he constantly has erotic dreams about her. Brass manages to juggle campy erotica with character study and a statement about human nature. There are many memorable scenes in this movie, as any other Tinto Brass one, but one of the final scenes stands out. Happily married to her husband Paolo, Diana often fires him up with naughty made-up stories about what she would do with other men.
Yet, Diana is a prisoner of her own sexual desires and likes to surrender herself to physical pleasures. The infidelity is portrayed as something completely innocent and wrapped up in a veil of fantasy and sweetness. The film is all about this woman, her sexuality, her seductiveness and her horny fantasies which arouse every man. The very opening scene of the film shows Claudia Koll in her revealing lingerie and the focus is on the engaging contours of her hindquarters.
Her garter belt acts as a frame and the sunlight coming in from the window is bathing it with a warm glow.