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Sex and Film

The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema

Authors: Forshaw, B.

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  • Barry Forshaw is one of the UK's leading high-profile experts on film and fiction, writing on the subjects for various newspapers and books and recording BBC TV and radio programmes, along with broadcasts throughout the world
  • The book anatomises in intelligent but accessible fashion the massive commercial (and artistic) appeal of the erotic, both film and original sources (with such movies as ”Nymphomaniac”, "Blue is the Warmest Colour”, and EL James' "50 Shades of Grey”). This is the perfect reader's guide to the field today
  • Forshaw discuses ingenious attempts by filmmakers in the 1940s to circumvent censorship, through the demolition of taboos by arthouse movies of the 1950s and 1960s (notably Ingmar Bergman's groundbreaking The Virgin Spring and The Silence) and the battles of rebel directors such as Otto Preminger, who controversially tried to tackle the sexual arena with an adult honesty
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About this book

Sex and Film is a frank, comprehensive analysis of the cinema's love affair with the erotic. Forshaw's lively study moves from the sexual abandon of the 1930s to filmmakers' circumvention of censorship, the demolition of taboos by arthouse directors and pornographic films, and an examination of how explicit imagery invaded modern mainstream cinema.

About the authors

Barry Forshaw's books include Death in a Cold Climate, British Crime Film, The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, Italian Cinema, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopaedia , and a biography of Stieg Larsson. He has written for a variety of newspapers, Crime Time, and is a talking head for ITV author profiles and BBC documentaries.

Reviews

'Forshaw gets under the skin of a topic. His writing is accessible and informed, dripping with detail, drawing on often surprising, striking and illuminating comparisons.' Dr Steven Peacock, Reader in Film and Television Aesthetics

'Barry Forshaw brings his knowledge, intelligence and, above all else, passion to each of his books that expertly offer fresh insights.' Stephen Jones, award-winning editor

'Forshaw is bang on about the films you already know but (even more importantly) makes you eager to track down and watch the lesser-known gems you haven't seen.' Anne Billson, film critic

'Forshaw offers fresh perceptions and quirky insights drawn from his considerable cultural range.' Ramsey Campbell, writer, film critic and editor

'Barry Forshaw's studies marry erudition with a film fan's obvious relish.' Stephen Volk, screenwriter and novelist

'Forshaw discovers many neglected pictures. His books are for pleasure and instruction, and then to keep on the reference shelf.' Philip French, The Observer

'Formidably well-researched and erudite.' Daily Mail

'The real value of this concise and comprehensive history of sex and censorship is the author's astute psychological assessment of the personalities in front of and behind the camera, as well as those who have attempted to impose their sense of morality on the movies.' Good Book Guide


Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-14

    Forshaw, Barry

  • The 1930s: From Mae West to the Legion of Decency

    Pages 15-25

    Forshaw, Barry

  • Getting it Past the Puritans: The 1940s

    Pages 26-34

    Forshaw, Barry

  • The Kinsey Era: The 1950s

    Pages 35-41

    Forshaw, Barry

  • Pushing the Boundaries: Preminger the Rebel

    Pages 42-51

    Forshaw, Barry

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Hardcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-39004-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
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Softcover $30.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-39005-9
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  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sex and Film
Book Subtitle
The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39006-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137390066
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39004-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-39005-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 243
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