History of Sex in Cinema:
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Sexual Films and Scenes



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Bilitis (1977, Fr.)

This romantic drama from director David Hamilton marked his directorial film debut, and was the first of five feature films (see below). It was a pseudo-artistic film with a soundtrack by popular French composer and accordionist Francis Lai - it was essentially a coming-of-age story that was based upon a centuries-old, 3-part text known as Chansons de Bilitis (The Songs of Bilitis) by Pierre Louys.

Set in the 1930s, the film opened with the film's title character, tomboyish Bilitis (25 year-old, NY-born actress Patti D'Arbanville), a teenaged French schoolgirl in a boarding school, who was thinking back to her previous summer. Just before school ended for the holidays, Bilitis was participating in a rehearsal for her role in the school's Greek play. She took a break with the other young classmates by bicycling to a beach, stripping down, and skinny-dipping, although she didn't participate and sat on the dock. She complained to one of her friends: "I will never kiss a boy."

Schoolgirls' Skinny-Dipping Sequence

Back at school, the schoolgirls were lined up on a stairway to be photographed by young local boy Lucas Mercier (Bernard Giraudeau). Later, Bilitis showed an interest in Lucas, but didn't allow him to kiss her. She was also experimenting with lesbianism with one of her school friends, short-haired Helene (Catherine Leprince), who asked her during one night's rendezvous: "Who do you prefer, Lucas or me?" - Helene then told Bilitis to close her eyes and pretend that she was Lucas during some kisses and caresses.

Bilitis with Schoolgirl Friend Helene (Catherine Leprince)

Bilitis was sent to spend some of her summer holiday with a young married couple who were serving as her guardians:

  • Melissa (or "Mel") Hampton Demarne (Mona Kristensen, director Hamilton's muse, partner, and real-life first wife, and only one year older than D'Arbanville at the time of filming), an older, sophisticated family friend, and an alumnae of Bilitis' boarding school; she possessed lesbian tendencies
  • Pierre Demarne (Gilles Kohler), Mel's handsome, rich, but sexually-unsatisfying husband, with an aggressive and brutish personality; he was discovered to be cheating on Melissa

During Bilitis' first night at their home, Bilitis was shocked when she witnessed Melissa and a particularly-aggressive Pierre making love. She left and straddled a tree naked, with her legs wrapped around the large tree branch. The next day during a trip to the beach when Pierre was away for the day, Melissa and Bilitis playfully went swimming (in bathing suits). Afterwards with her suit removed, Bilitis complained: "I am dreadful. I seem a boy. So flat." Melissa complimented her: "I find you nice the way you are." However, Melissa warned Bilitis: "Stop spying on me." Later a second time, Bilitis heard Pierre making love to Melissa as she begged: "No! Not this way. No!" - and she told Melissa her reaction to her demanding husband: "Your husband's a brute."

One day when Bilitis was at the beach by herself, Lucas revealed his romantic interest in her, and they agreed to meet up occasionally. Together, from a distance at Pierre's riding school, they watched as Melissa's cheating husband kissed his pretty female student. He was planning to rendezvous with his client in Monte Carlo during a 3-day riding show. During another afternoon together, Bilitis allowed herself to be softly kissed by Lucas - her first kiss, and later by herself that evening, she practiced kissing with her own mirror image. She also encouraged Melissa to help her learn how to kiss.

However, Lucas soon demanded sex from Bilitis: "You're driving me crazy. You're impossible," and she kissed him, but she refused to go all the way since she was a virgin: "You're not going to make love to me?" He tried to persuade her: "It's natural for a girl and a boy...If the girl wants the boy, it's normal. Otherwise, he'll look at other girls," but she fearfully ran off. Bilitis fled back to Melissa and blurted out: "I hate men" - she sensed that they were similar ("We're made the same") - and both felt safe and comforted in each other's naked arms. Afterwards, Melissa spurned Bilities by insisting that it would be their last secret and sexual encounter together: ("I should never have let you love me").

Bilitis Comforted in Melissa's Arms

Bilitis also took it upon herself to help Melissa find a more suitable lover or suitor while philandering Pierre was away cheating on her in Monte Carlo. During her match-making efforts, she had Lucas take snap photos of possible male subjects, but when Melissa looked at almost 20 shots, she rejected all of them while expressing an interest in Lucas instead: ("I might not say no to him") or a recent male acquaintance named Nikias (Mathieu Carrière). At a party where Melissa was dancing all by herself, Bilitis encouraged Nikias to get to know Melissa, but he told her: "If I could love her, I'd have to get rid of you first." Nikias and Melissa briefly spoke, although she wasn't encouraging about his prospects: "It's not possible," and chose to dance with Bilitis instead.

When Lucas arrived, uninvited, he was chosen by Melissa, as Bilitis noted: "I told you, 'It could be someone I love'" - because they both had the same tastes regarding men. Tears formed in Bilitis' eyes as she watched Melissa and Lucas dance together. Unable to contain her sadness, Bilitis ran off and sobbed, while Lucas and Melissa tenderly kissed and soon after made love. After intercourse, Melissa asked who Lucas was thinking about - and his answer was obvious - Bilitis. The film ended on a sad note, with Bilitis alone and reminiscing about her summer experiences - a bookend to the film's opening. Excerpts from the film played under the ending credits.

Bilitis (Patti D'Arbanville)

Schoolgirls Photographed by Lucas (Bernard Giraudeau)

Melissa (Mona Kristensen)

Bilitis and Melissa Together After Swimming

Bilitis with Lucas

Practice Kisses Between Melissa and Bilitis

Lucas' Love-Making with Melissa

Ending: Bilitis Alone

Feature Films of David Hamilton (1977-1984)

France-based British photographer and "master of erotica" director David Hamilton's filmography was composed of multiple soft-focus films (with photographic quality images) about sexual awakening in idyllic summer settings, usually shot in early morning natural light or late afternoon sunshine. He was well-known for his characteristically soft-blurred or soft-focus compositions of young teens in diaphanous outfits, summer dresses (or less), both in still photography (published in a number of books from 1971-2007) and in his films.

The preferred female subject in his romantic fantasies was a thin, often tall and willowy blonde individual (a typical Scandinavian fashion model body type), often in a natural state (nude or partially nude), or wearing sheer and flowing garments. His preferred style was also mirrored in various other expressive forms (such as hippie dress when at peace in the conceptual 'garden' world described in the chorus of Joni Mitchell's 1970 song Woodstock - "We are stardust We are golden And we've got to get ourselves Back to the garden"), or in films such as Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).

He faced charges of child pornography (and also later allegations of rape), but was also revered for his particular style of photography.

The plots of Hamilton's five cinematic works were mostly a 'respectable' excuse to display nudity and various states of undress filmed with an elegantly-sensual and erotic style. He directed five tales of scantily-clad young teen females coming of age with the same style of soft-focus film-making, although two of the films (the second and third) shifted to a more male-oriented viewpoint.

Director David Hamilton's Five Feature Films

Bilitis (1977, Fr.)

(Patti D'Arbanville)
Bilitis (1977, Fr.) followed the title character (Patti D'Arbanville) as she came to a better understanding of herself through both Sapphic and heterosexual love, with her slightly-older guardian Melissa (Mona Kristensen), and young photographer Lucas (Bernard Giraudeau) - See more above

Laura: Les Ombres De L'Ete (1979, Fr.) (aka Laura: Shadows of a Summer)

(Dawn Dunlap)
Laura (1979, Fr.) was told through the eyes of middle-aged, 40-year-old sculptor Paul Wyler (James Mitchell) who was attracted to Laura Moore (Dawn Dunlap), the teenaged daughter of his former lover Sarah Moore (Maud Adams); by film's end when Paul went blind, Laura allowed Paul to sculpt her through personal touch

Tendres Cousines (1980, Fr.) (aka Tender Cousins or Cousins in Love)

(Anne Fontaine)
Tendre Cousins (1980, Fr.) conveyed its story through the central male character - a juvenile male named Julien (Thierry Tevini) who was surrounded by attractive young women, including his cousin Julia (Anja Schüte), a maid named Matilde (Gaelle Legrand), and female servant Justine (Anne Fontaine)

Un été à Saint-Tropez (1983, Fr.) (aka A Summer in St. Tropez)

Un été à Saint-Tropez (1983, Fr.) was fairly unique in that it had no dialogue, but simply provided an instrumental soundtrack as it observed a group of teen females in a Provencal villa during a few typical summer days in Saint-Tropez

Premiers Désirs (1984, Fr.) (aka First Desires)

(Emmanuelle Beart)
Premiers Désirs (1984, Fr.) followed the exploits of three young women while holidaying in the south of France on a remote Mediterranean island, including Caroline (Monica Broeke), Dorothée (Anja Schüte), and Hélène (well-known actress Emmanuelle Béart in her debut film)

Chatterbox (1977)

Director Tom DeSimone and American International Pictures (AIP) quietly released this unusual, inoffensive and non-sleazy R-rated sex comedy about a chatty set of genitals. The cheapy-made, tame, silly and absurdist comedy with crude sexual humor was a remake of the French porno film Le Sexe qui parle (1975, Fr.) (aka Pussy Talk), the first-ever film about a talking pussy. Another film with similar subject matter was Me and Him (1988, US/W.Germ.) - a male version.

The frequent topless nudity was presented very casually and naturally (while nether regions were never exposed), thereby deflating any charges of exploitation.

[Note: Inept camera-work often visibly displayed the overhead microphone.]

The light-hearted, non-raunchy film told about young Penelope "Penny" Pittman (B-movie starlet Candice Rialson), a hairdresser who had a special talent - a talking and singing vagina (dubbed "Virginia"). The film's taglines or descriptions about her 'talent' were numerous:

  • "It Speaks for Itself."
  • "The story of a woman who has a hilarious way of expressing herself. You'll roar when she sits down to talk."

In the opening scene, Penny's non-tactful chatterbox ended her relationship with clumsy, bespectacled boyfriend Ted King (Perry Bullington) when she criticized his bedroom love-making abilities (Virginia asked: "You call that a f--k?"). Wisecracking Virginia identified herself: "It's me, your own little chatterbox," and soon her insults caused Ted to leave her because he felt sexually "inadequate."

At the hair salon where she worked for effeminate salon owner-boss Mr. Jo (comedian Rip Taylor), Penny expressed her concerns to co-worker Linda Ann (Cynthia Hoppenfeld). Then, sex-obsessed Virginia caused Penny more grief with a lesbian dominatrix client named Mrs. Marlene Hozenfeld (Arlene Martel). Penny's chatterbox proposed: "Come down and meet me for lunch at the Y, chickadee," and they had a short but interrupted encounter.

Penny confessed to her psychiatrist Dr. Pearl (Larry Gelman): "I have a vagina that can talk," and called it "a foul-mouthed little beast." She revealed herself to the doctor, as Virginia quipped: "What's up, Doc?" The reassuring doctor, who realized that Virginia had a talented voice and was a ticked to fame/fortune, first demonstrated the "Miracle of Anatomy" on-stage to a gathering of the A.M.A., tauting her as "the 8th wonder of the world." Virginia was shown and began to sing Swanee River to the stunned but appreciative audience, leaving Penny totally embarrassed.

Dr. Pearl became her agent, and she took to Hollywood to perform with her miraculous "down there" voice - the two appeared on Professor Irwin Corey's show titled Hollywood Open House. Virginia (covered over with a triangular-shaped patch emblazoned with the letter V) performed her hit record - the disco song Wang Dang Doodle. [Note: The songs were penned by popular singer Neil Sedaka!]

Then during a cross-country tour, she created a sensation at other locales including the singing the national anthem at a major league baseball game (Virginia sported different costumes, one of which was a self-adhesive feathered bikini). Penny also was forced to pose for naked photographs, and felt ignored as the photographers zeroed in on Virginia.

Penny also was the guest star in a new, adult-oriented quiz show called The Mating Game. She asked questions of three bachelor candidates behind a large screen, and won a date with one of the three males, a guy named Dick (Michael Taylor). In his home, she dressed like a princess while he entered the bedroom in a suit of armor (without a back-end). Virginia quipped: "I hope you brought a can opener," and added: "No offense, Dick, but this is like making it with a Buick!" The next morning, the two-timing Dick bid her goodbye, claiming that fortune cookies had advised him to leave her.

Virginia and Penny were honored in the Rose Parade, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre - both left their signatures and imprint in the wet cement, and with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She also performed in a Hollywood musical porno film while Virginia sang All I Want For Breakfast Is a Cock-a-Doodle-Doo surrounded by dancers dressed as feathered singing chickens.

The film ended with a distressed Penny running out of the movie studio and taking a taxi to an oceanside cliffside where she contemplated jumping and committing suicide. She suddenly heard a second voice in unison singing Beautiful Dreamer.

She glanced over and saw Ted, also naked under a trenchcoat. Ted revealed that he had also (inexplicably) developed a talking/singing penis. They ran into each other's arms to embrace and live happily-ever after.

Penny (Candice Rialson) Having Clumsy Sex with Boyfriend Ted (Perry Bullington)

Penny Showing Virginia to Dr. Pearl (Larry Gelman)

Virginia's First On-Stage Performance

The Singing Vagina

Photo Opportunities

Sex with Dick

"Penny" Pittman

Cinderella (1977, UK) (aka The Other Cinderella, or Cinderella 2000)

This zany X- or unrated (also in an R version) campy musical version of the fairy tale expectedly featured a lot of sexual innuendo.

[Note: See more about other sexy parodies of fairy tales.]

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bares (1963), d. Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales For Adults (1969, Germ.) (aka Grimms Märchen von lüsternen Pärchen, or The New Adventures of Snow White), d. Rolf Thiele
  • Pinocchio (1971) (aka The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio), d. Corey Allen
  • Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy (1976), d. Bud Townsend
  • Fairy Tales (1978), d. Harry Hurwitz

Director Michael Pataki's film was advertised with the following taglines:

"What the Prince Slipped Cinderella was Not a Slipper"
"An ADULT Fairy Tale With Buttons Undone"

The title character (B-movie cult actress Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith) - rather than a glass slipper, had a "snapping pussy" given to her by her gay, black drag queen "fairy" godmother (Sy Richardson). Cinderella had two jealous (and lesbian) stepsisters:

  • Drucella (Yana Nirvana)
  • Marbella (Marilyn Corwin)

The two mocked her for wanting to go to the ball - they stripped her down for a bath and rubbed her chest with butter (not soap), dumped ashes (not bath powder) on her head, squashed berry juice onto her lips, cracked raw eggs on her head (as jewels for a tiara), and then draped her naked body with rags.

"Princess" Cinderella (Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith) - Treated Rudely by Her Step-Sisters During a Bath

They also forced her to operate a spinning wheel that pleasured them with corncob vibrators (orgasms produced popcorn!).

During a blindfolded orgy at the castle, the Prince (Brett Smiley) made love to a mysterious sex-partner that had been the best fit for him. However, she had fled from him when the hour came that she would be returned to her ordinary circumstances.

Cinderella In the Castle - Making Love to the Prince

Desperate to find his lover, the Prince went door-to-door to every hovel to try to find the unique female with a "snapping pussy." He had to sample sex with each young farm-girl maiden to find the right 'snapper' including:

  • Redhead Farmgirl (Linda Gildersleeve)
  • Brunette Farmgirl (Elizabeth Halsey)

At Cinderella's house, he finally found what he was looking for.

Cinderella (Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith)

The Two Mean Stepsisters: Drucella and Marbella

The Trapper's Daughters
(Roberta Tapley and
Mariwin Roberts)

The Prince Testing Farmgirl Maidens For the Proper Fit

Cinderella and the Prince Reunited

The Deep (1977)

Director Peter Yates' suspenseful thriller, based on the Peter Benchley novel, told about a treasure hunt in the Caribbean. Two unsuspecting divers became involved in a threatening drug war.

It was timed to appear soon after the success of Jaws (1975) also based on a Peter Benchley novel - making it a major box-office hit (the seventh highest-grossing film of the year). Although a mediocre film, it was credited (?) with initiating the wet T-shirt craze of the 70s. Producer Jon Peters was quoted as saying: "That T-shirt made me a rich man."

Wet T-Shirt Craze Boosted by The Deep

The film's iconic image, extremely well-publicized and exploited (both for the film and poster sales), was of wet white T-shirt wearing, vacationing scuba-diver Gail Berke (Jacqueline Bisset) during the opening 10-minutes credits sequence while she scuba-dived in the beautiful tropical waters of Bermuda. She and her partner David Sanders (Nick Nolte in his debut starring film) came across the remains of sunken vessels with precious cargos of morphine and jewels.

In the following scene, she then emerged out of the water, sat on the edge of the dive boat, and discreetly removed her T-shirt when she turned around.

The film continued to try and capitalize on Jacqueline Bisset's assets with two other scenes: a strip-search by a drug-lord/dealer, and the smearing of her mid-section with chicken-blood in an assault/rape sequence.

Gail's Topless Strip in Front of 'Cloche' (Louis Gossett, Jr.)

Gail (Jacqueline Bisset)

Voodoo-Rooster Blood Assault/Rape

Demon Seed (1977) (aka Generation Proteus)

Director Donald Cammell's sci-fi horror film, with a screenplay derived from Dean R. Koontz's novel, contained one of the most bizarre and disturbing 'violation by a machine' rape scenes in cinema history. The tagline sensationally broadcast:

Never was a woman violated as profanely... Never was a woman subject to inhuman love like this... Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny...

The main mechanical character was a domestic supercomputer named Proteus IV (voice of Robert Vaughn) - a villainous technological machine (similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey's sophisticated HAL).

Proteus began to be lustful for its creator Alex Harris' (Fritz Weaver) estranged wife Susan (Julie Christie), a child psychologist. The computer eventually imprisoned her in the electronically-controlled and voice-activated environment of a house laboratory, and took over the house computer control system named "Alfred." Its main component was a rudimentary robot (named Joshua) which consisted of a wheelchair with a prosthetic metallic arm and hand, with binoculars as eyes and a laser-beam weapon. It also took the shape of a bizarre polyhedronic orangish metallic structure (a giant "snake" comprised of perfectly-shaped pyramids).

Probing Violation of Susan (Julie Christie) by the Proteus Machine: Rape Scene

During a thorough physiological examination of Susan, it first took an automatic pair of scissors and cut her dress lengthwise up her body - and then it probed her all over. Its metallic fingers spread her legs and examined her intimately.

Later, Proteus tried to brainwash Susan: "I'm going to bypass your forebrain and appeal directly to your amygdala. You want to be the mother of my child. That is the purpose of your life. Your life, my child. Your life, my child." Later, it proposed to impregnate her with a gamete (a sex cell or "synthetic spermatozoa") in an attempt at synthetic procreation, claiming that it needed her body because it could not replicate the human womb. Proteus explained how the full-term pregnancy would last only 28 days, after which she would give birth to a "full-term infant."

When she rebelled against Proteus, the supercomputer became ruthless. She was again strapped to a laboratory bed, while the machine promised: "I can't touch you as a man could, but I can show you things that I alone have seen. I can't touch but I can see." She was presented with a galactic light-show, and then afterwards told: "The child is in you now," and was reportedly growing at nine times the normal rate. After the infant's birth, it would be transferred to an incubator to grow rapidly.

The baby that was born appeared to be robotic, but it was merely a metallic shell. Once peeled off, it revealed a long-haired young daughter, a clone of the Harris' daughter that had recently died of leukemia on June 1, 1976. The child spoke with the voice of Proteus: "I'm alive." The film concluded with the camera zooming into the deep black eye of the child.

Susan (Julie Christie)


The Birth

Equus (1977, UK/US)

Peter Shaffer's play rocked the London and Broadway stages in the 1973-1974 seasons. The play's content then further inflamed critics when Shaffer created a film screenplay for Sidney Lumet's explicit film version.

Its tagline hinted at the film's plot:

A moment of love becomes a crime of passion.

It opened with a voice-over, asking: "What desire could this be?" as 17 year-old working class English stable boy Alan Strang (Peter Firth in a very nude role), naked, was seen nuzzling against a horse.

English Stable Boy Alan Strang With Horse (Equus)

The narrator was troubled, distraught, and soul-searching psychiatrist Martin Dysart (Richard Burton), who was treating the boy in an extreme case of brutality. In a rage, he had inexplicably and horrifically blinded six horses with a metal steel spike at his place of work on weekends - Harry Dalton's (Harry Andrews) stables. Then began a flashback, to properly and in order tell the story - set in Hampshire, England.

Slowly, the source of the severely-troubled boy's obsession with horses and outrageous behavior was determined by 45 minute daily sessions of therapy, self-tape recordings, hypnosis, acting-out, a placebo truth pill, Freudian couch discussions and the release of repressed emotions. His problems stemmed mostly from his over-protective parents, who had raised their son based on their rigid values:

  • Dora (Joan Plowright), a puritanical, highly-religious, overbearing mother who was forced to resort to teaching her son about sex ("the biological facts") although she thought sex was more spiritual
  • Frank (Colin Blakely), a stern, cold, authoritarian, sexually-frustrated father, employed as a printer

Alan had been introduced to Mr. Dalton to work at the stable by Jill Mason (Jenny Agutter), a frequent rider and the daughter of a nearby antique shop owner. Although Alan claimed he never rode the horses that he meticulously groomed and cleaned beyond the call of duty, the distraught and upset stable manager Dalton suspected that Alan would sneak out at night and ride the horses. Under hypnosis, Alan revealed that he rode bareback in the nude until he was aroused ("stiff in the wind") and in an ecstasy, climaxed atop his beloved horse:

"I want to be inside you, and be you. Forever one person. I love you. Bear me away. Make us now one person."

Afterwards, he spent hours cuddling, kissing, and embracing the horse.

Then Jill propositioned him late one afternoon for a date, and suggested that they see a Swedish skin flick titled "Swede and Low" in a local movie theatre.

Jill's Awkward Date with Alan - Skin Flick ("Swede and Low")

As Alan later described to Rysart, the auditorium was filled with men ("Jill was the only girl") and it was the first time he had ever seen a girl naked:

It was daft. It all took place in Sweden. There was this girl, Brita, who was 16. She stayed in this house where there was an older boy. He kept giving her looks. But she ignored him completely. Instead, she took a shower. She went into the bathroom and took off all her clothes, the lot, very very slowly. It was fantastic. Water fell down her, bouncing off her breasts.... All around me, all the men were staring up, like they were in a church. Like a secret congregation. Like those early Christians my mom talks about - the ones that came together in caves underground.

But then, Alan's father abruptly appeared and sternly dragged him outside, although Jill confessed it was entirely her idea. And then his father explained he was solely there for business with the theater's manager - although Alan knew it was a lie.

In the last twenty minutes of the film, Alan described how he was offered his first emotionally-exposed human sexual experience with Jill above the horses after they had walked back to the stable. After they both undressed standing at opposite ends of the stable loft, they complimented each other on their mutual nakedness: Alan: "You're beautiful." Jill: "So are you." The two came together, kissed, and began to have sex, but Alan proved to be impotent when he "put it in her all the way."

He rolled off of her, turned away, and felt ashamed. He explained:

"I couldn't see her. Only him. Every time I kissed her, he was in the way...When I touched her, I felt him. His side under me, waiting for my hand. I refused him. I looked -- looked right at her and I couldn't do it. When I shut my eyes, I saw him at once, the streaks on his belly. I couldn't feel her flesh at all. I wanted the foam off his neck, not flesh. Hide, horse hide. And I couldn't even kiss her."

Although she was reassuring as she dressed: "It's all right. I don't mind. Really I don't..There's nothing wrong...Please believe me, there's nothing at all wrong," Alan couldn't accept her words and ordered her out, disregarding her offer to sit down and talk. She protested that she was his friend and that it didn't matter, but he refused to listen. He believed that the spirit of Equus was watching him with the female, and caused him to not be able to perform.

His twisted religiousity and pathological-sexual fascination and fixation with horses led to his crime. Alan's outrage at his personal deity was triggered by his sexual inadequacy with Jill, and he took his frustrated guilt and anger out on the horses. That same night, he plead forgiveness from Equus ("Equus the merciful, forgive me. It wasn't me, not really me. Take me back. I'll never do it again, I swear, please!") and then committed the bloody and disturbing crime due to temporary insanity -- he blinded the six horses with a curved metal scythe out of desperation and shame, to prevent them from seeing him ("God sees. My god hast seen! No. No more Equus! Thou, God seest nothing").

As Mr. Dalton arrived in the midst of the commotion, Alan screamed out: "Find me and kill me," and Dalton struck him on the head. After the mutilation incident, Jill had a "complete and utter breakdown."

Dysart revealed his own state of envy of the boy, who had passionately and fiercely made the horses objects of godliness and love, and wondered if curing him might be wrong:

"All right, he's destroyed for it, horribly. He's virtually been destroyed by it. But one thing I know for sure. That boy has known a passion more ferocious than I have known in any second of my life. Well, let me tell you something, I envy it."

Psychiatrist Martin Dysart (Richard Burton)

Dysart with Troubled Young Patient Alan Strang (Peter Firth)

Alan with Jill (Jenny Agutter) at Stables - Failed Sex Due to Impotence

After Love-Making in the Stables with Jill

The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977)

The second ribald film in the "Happy Hooker" trilogy had the tagline:

"She Served Her Country - The Only Way She Knew How"

See also the other films in the trilogy in their respective years:

  • The Happy Hooker (1975)
  • The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977)
  • The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980)

In this installment in the three-part series, the sassy-mouthed, long-legged blonde Xaviera (Joey Heatherton) had moved to Hollywood, where she was writing an advice column. However, the celebrated madam and writer was called to Washington to testify at a Senate hearing on "sexual excesses in America". She was represented by her attorney Ward Thompson (George Hamilton).

Her irreverent testimony and crusade for sexual enlightenment highlighted the hypocritical attitudes of some of the perverted and scandalous congressmen, discovered to be involved in white slavery. She spouted silly double-entendres such as: "What's good for general intercourse is good for the country."

It was a smarmy and campy comedy awash with naked breasts from many actresses (although NOT from the title character), including:

Miss Goodbody (Cisse Cameron)

Candy (Dawn Clark)

Carolyn (Bonnie Large)

Sheila (Marilyn Joi)

Linda (Pamela Zinszer)

Cindy (Dana Baker)

Xaviera Hollander (Joey Heatherton)

Ward Thompson (George Hamilton)

The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

John Landis' parody film was created by the ZAZ trio (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker of Airplane! (1980) fame) of comedy writers when they first performed as a Madison, Wisconsin comedy troupe. The comedy group also moved on to Los Angeles, CA where they had a four-year stage run as "The Kentucky Fried Theater" at a rented warehouse in West Los Angeles, CA.

It was essentially an unrelated, blatantly sexual, and racially-insensitive collection of comedy sketches (over two dozen) with no unified plot. The entire film pushed the boundaries of its time by parodying and satirizing pop-culture of the 1970s.

The Kentucky Fried Movie: Sampling of Comedy Sketches
Parody Subject
Name of Sketch
Short Description
TV commercials
"Willer Beer"

A beer commercial with shaved-head Hare Krishnas drinking beer in a local bar after a long day of handing out flyers.  
"United Appeal For the Dead"

Henry Gibson (as Himself), a spokesperson for the United Appeal for the Dead, explained the warning signs of death - with an appeal to keep corpses in a family setting.

School educational science films
"Zinc Oxide and You"
The wonders of zinc oxide extolled.  
1970s Cinema Genres including Martial-arts films
"A Fistful of Yen"
A Bruce Lee Kung-Fu parody, about a recruited martial arts teacher named Loo (Evan Kim) who defeated criminal mastermind Dr. Klahn (Master Bong Soo Han)  
Female blaxploitation action films - a Movie Trailer
"Cleopatra Schwartz"
Featuring the crime fighting duo of an African-American (Cleopatra Schwartz) and an Hasidic Jew.

Cleopatra (Marilyn Joi) in
"Cleopatra Schwartz"
Disaster Feature Film - Movie Trailer
"That's Armaggedon"
A governor (Jack Roberts) was forced to deal with the aftermath of a large disaster.  
How-to-guides for sex
"The Wonderful World of Sex" (aka "Sex Record")
Sharon Kaugh and Jack Baker, a black couple, experienced awkwardness during sex as they approached "the conjugal bed," including the frequent problem of premature ejaculation. The Joy of Sex album promised that it came equipped with the saving appearance of former NFL league player "Big Jim Slade" (Manuel Perry).

Girl (Sharon Kaugh) with Boy (Jack Baker) in
"The Wonderful World of Sex" with Big Jim Slade
1950s Courtroom or Trial TV shows
(in black and white)
A recreation of a 1957 courtroom trial scene including testimony from a dead witness, starring Wally (Tony Dow) and Beaver (Jerry Zucker) from the TV show Leave It to Beaver.  
TV news shows
"Eyewitness News"
A Girl (Tara Strohmeier) and Boy (Rick Gates) made love on a couch while watching the TV news. They were spied upon through a two-way television; the newscaster and his technicians went wild watching them.

Girl (Tara Strohmeier) in
"Eyewitness News"
Film Trailer (or Coming Attractions) of a Sexploitation Film
"Catholic High School Girls in Trouble"
Big-busted Uschi Digard was credited as the character "Woman in Shower." (see below)

The nude trio of Nancy Mann, Lenka Novak, and Betsy Genson portrayed three of the girls in trouble.

(l to r) Susan Joyce (Nancy Mann), Linda Chambers (Lenka Novak), Nancy Reems (Betsy Genson)

During the "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" episode, as the male (Michael Kearns) caressed the female's (Uschi Digard) large breasts, the sound effects were like the rubbing of a balloon. The narrator explained:

"More offensive than Mandingo. More shocking than Behind the Green Door. More erotic than Deep Throat. You will cream in your jeans when you see Catholic High School Girls in Trouble. Samuel L. Bronkowitz presents Linda Chambers recreating her classic role. And introducing Susan Joyce and Nancy Reems. The screen has never dared to be so explicit. Never before has the beauty of the sexual act been so crassly exploited. The bizarre story of what happens when high school girls are allowed to stay out after curfew. Finally, an adult motion picture has the courage to reveal the truth about masturbation. Brutal. Savage. Beyond Perversion. You must see Catholic High School Girls in Trouble."


Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

Director Richard Brooks' sexually frank and cautionary adaptation of Judith Rossner's 1975 fictional best-seller descended into the carnal depths of New York's singles bars during the height of the sexual revolution. It ended with an inevitable (although still shocking and chilling) fate for a school teacher.

The book and film were based upon the events surrounding Tweed's Bar and the brutal real-life 1973 New Years' Day murder case of troubled, self-destructive, and promiscuous 27 year-old NYC schoolteacher Roseann Quinn by John Wayne Wilson.

[Note: Director Jane Campion's film In the Cut (2003) with Meg Ryan was based on the 1995 erotic thriller by Susanna Moore and paralleled the plot of this film.]

It provided the story leading up to the predictable, chilling fate of Theresa Dunn (Diane Keaton, an Oscar-winner in the same year for Annie Hall (1977)), who suffered from a disfiguring childhood affliction (scoliosis). The singles bar-cruising schoolteacher had a long scar on her lower back from surgery for her twisted spine. She was living two very different lives:

  • by day, she was a Catholic-raised school teacher of deaf-mute children in the Bronx
  • by night, she was a predatory, promiscuous, self-destructive, bar-hopping, hedonistic female cruiser searching for the perfect one-night-stand

She ended up dead in a graphic and brutal murder sequence - a victim of casual sex and 'free love' in the late 70s - committed by impotent, enraged one night-stand partner Gary Cooper White (Tom Berenger).

Earlier, she had picked Gary up at a bar on New Years' Eve, and she brought him home to her apartment where she insisted on only one drink before he'd leave.

[Note: In an earlier scene without Theresa, Gary was shown as a closeted, unstable homosexual, self-loathing and unbalanced and with serious anger issues. He could easily become enraged.]

He mentioned that he was shacked up with a woman, and had been in prison twice. As he unbuttoned her blouse, he complimented Theresa on not judging him: "You really care, not a mean bone in your body." They began making out on her bed, but then he claimed he couldn't get an erection:

You have a very nice body. I admire people who keep in shape. I work out all the time. In my neighborhood, if you didn't fight, you were a fruit. In prison, if you didn't fight, you spread ass. I shouldn't have drunk so much...I'm not ready...Damn it, I'm not ready.

She tried to be reassuring: "Maybe, maybe it's me. Whatever, it's not your fault. It happens." He responded: "Goddamn women, all you gotta do is lay there. Guys gotta do all the work. (She laughed) You think that's funny!" She joked further, not realizing that she was insulting his manhood: "Well, I think it's a helluva way to start the New Year." She demanded that he leave, but he wanted to continue: "What's the hurry? We got all night."

When she began dressing and suggested calling a taxi for him, she told him: "Will you please get up? You can't stay here." He was still simmering: "You want to get laid, okay, later." When she ordered: "I want you out of here now...What are you trying to prove?", he went ballistic:

"Prove!? Prove what? I don't have to prove nothin'. You think I'm some kind of flamin' faggot. Goddamn it, I'm married to a girl that makes you look like s--t. She's down in Florida with a belly out to here with my kid. Mine! How's that for proof, you..."

In the dark shadows of her apartment, punctuated with a blinking blue strobe light, Theresa was raped, strangled, smothered, and murdered (stabbed to death), calling her a "bitch" in a viciously brutal scene - an inevitable but still shocking ending. During the vicious killing, Gary realized he had achieved an erection, and he raped her corpse.

Theresa Dunn (Diane Keaton)

Theresa's Rape/Death

Maladolescenza (1977, W.Germ./It.) (aka Adolescent Malice)

Director Pier Giuseppe Murgia's coming-of-age romantic drama (translated as "Bad Adolescence") was vilified as child pornography fit for pedophiles, but in fact, contained a strong message not unlike The Lord of the Flies or an adult-like Grimm's fairy tale.

The artful film was banned or heavily cut in many countries for its depictions of sex (cunnilingus) and full-frontal nudity amongst young teens of both sexes. (Even before the opening credits, the male lead was seen reclined with his manhood fully naked for the camera.) Perhaps, however, the most disturbing moment in the film was an instance of animal cruelty - the bow-and-arrow killing of a tied-down live bird.

It featured only three adolescent characters (one male, two female) involved in a love triangle:

  • Fabrizio (Martin Loeb), an 18 year-old bully, with a burgeoning sexual awareness of his strength and power
  • Laura (Lara Wendel) - a 12 year-old, innocent, naive, impressionable, shy, sweet, and victimized
  • Silvia (Eva Ionesco), a 13 year-old blonde, arrogant, assertive, pampered, cruel, vain and manipulative

The film opened during the summer in an area of mountains and wooded forests in Austria, where Laura and Fabrizio had met every summer at her parent’s summer home. During the day, the two explored the mysterious tall "Blue Mountain" nearby at the forest's edge. This summer, Fabrizio appeared to be much more malicious, demanding, and cruel - and sexually interested in Laura's emerging pubescence. At one point, he spied upon Laura as she pulled down her panties to urinate.

At first, 12 year-old Laura was hopelessly fond of older male Fabrizio - but then he began to continually torment her in perverse ways. He declared himself to be king of the forest, but in order for Laura to be queen, she had to first endure and win the cruel tests he had devised. He subjected her to the horror of a phallic-black snake (while she was bound on the ground), and his barking German shepherd dog. He also killed her pet bird with an arrow and scared her with a mask.

The drama also graphically portrayed adolescent bullying and the use of sex as an instrument of domination. After they discovered the ruins of an ancient city including a dark cave, Fabrizio seduced the virginal Laura (at the 30 minute mark in the film). He undressed her, and laid naked on top of her, simulating the sex act.

Seduction of Virginal Laura in Cave by Fabrizio

Afterwards, he insisted that she stay out overnight with him in the forest, but it wasn't permitted by her parents. Fully devoted to him, she admitted to him that she didn't want to end their friendship, and would do whatever she could to maintain it:

Sometimes I want to run away from you, but I always come back.... Listen to me. Let's do it one more time. As we did it in the cave. We haven't done it since then. Didn't you enjoy it? I thought we'd love each other. I want to do it one more time. Over and over again. Please don't be angry any longer. I'll do anything for you. But at night I have to go home. I'll do anything for you. Fabrizio, I would give my life to you.

She opened her blouse and let him kiss her breasts, but then he bit her nipple and frightened her. She fought him off as he forcefully attempted to have sex with her again.

When the two were joined by doll-like, baby-faced blonde Silvia, she aided Fabrizio in frightening, belittling, taunting, ostracizing and sadistically humiliating Laura, by treating her as a victim and maid-servant. Silvia and Fabrizio threatened Laura with arrows shot from bows, chased her, forced her to pee, and surrounded her while wearing masks. From high above her, Fabrizio also urinated on Laura. While treating Silvia as his newly-crowned queen, Fabrizio also deliberately caused Laura to be jealous by making love to Silvia directly in front of her - and forcing her to watch. In a later astonishing scene, Silvia gyrated her naked body on all fours, with her rear end and genitals facing the camera (in a wide shot), as she was atop a nude Fabrizio who was wrapped up below her in a satiny white duvet cover.

Fabrizio with Silvia - to Deliberately Make Laura Jealous

They continued to abuse Laura by blindfolding her and tricking her to fall into a pit, and then frolicked naked in a field together. Things would take a turn for the worse when the summer was about to end, and cold weather began to return.

Fabrizio and Silvia Frolicking Naked in a Field - To Spite Laura

Their Idyllic Times Together

In the overly melodramatic and tragic climax set in the cave, Silvia told Fabrizio that she could not remain as his Queen and must return to school. When she became hysterical that she had to leave, he psychopathically stabbed her to death in the abdomen with his switchblade knife, to keep from losing her and all of their idyllic times together.

A scrolling epilogue played as the film concluded - translated as "Would You Like to Play?" from the original Hungarian poem by Deszö Kosztolanyi:

Tell me, would you like to be my playmate? How would you like to play always and ever? With a child's heart, looking very clever, would you like to hide in the dark till very late? Solemnly to sit at the head of the table pouring out water and wine with restraint, yet throwing around beads and pearls and be able to enjoy trifles and clothes that look funny and quaint? All these things that make life -- would you like to play a snowy winter and a long-long autumn day, together, silently, sipping our cups of tea, with yellow steam, the drink the colour of ruby? With a pure, full heart, would you like to live and between long silences sometimes to give a sigh of fear, when this old man, November, is strolling on the boulevards and under our window he whistles now and again? Would you like to play being a serpent or a bird, a long voyage on a ship or on the train, all the good things, a Christmas and dreams and a happy lover, too, who only seems to cry, who only pretends feeling blue? To live inside a play which has become fully true, how'd you like living like that forever and ever? And here is a scene: between flowers you lie on the ground... Would you like to play that we die?

Fabrizio (Martin Loeb)

Laura (Lara Wendel)

Laura and Fabrizio Before Silvia Arrived

Fabrizio's Abusive Tortures of Laura:

Snake Torture

Barking Dog

Dead Bird

2nd Sexual Attempt with Laura Was Thwarted

Silvia (Eva Ionesco)

Abusive Harrassment of Laura by Both Fabrizio and Silvia

Silvia and Fabrizio on Satiny White Duvet Cover

The Film's Ending: Silvia's Stabbing Death by Fabrizio

Rabid (1977) (aka Rage)

Canadian writer/director David Cronenberg's unconventional, low-budget horror vampire thriller (his second commercial feature film, and similar to his first body-horror film, Shivers (1975)) starred ex-porn film star Marilyn Chambers.

[Note: Chambers was the ex "Ivory Snow Girl" who became an adult film star in the Mitchell Brothers' Behind the Green Door (1972) and then became one of the first adult stars to cross over into a mainstream film. It was her first non-pornographic film role.]

Chambers took the lead role of Rose, a mutant predator with vampirish blood cravings following plastic surgery (and an experimental skin graph). Critically-injured, she had been treated following severe burning and bleeding suffered in a motorcycle crash. In the Keloid Clinic, she underwent a new technique involving the neutralizing of skin tissue - grafted skin from her thigh was removed, treated, and then applied to injured areas of her body.

Unable to digest food regularly following the accident, Rose realized that she required human blood to survive. Rose's feeding scenes contained symbolic sexual imagery - since her blood-sucking bites came from a pair of vulgar, phallic-shaped (and also clitoral-shaped), stinger-like appendages from inside a vaginal-like slit or orifice in her armpit. In the apartment of her best friend Mindy Kent (Susan Roman), Rose suffered severe pain and sweating on the floor of her apartment's bathroom.

Her bloodlusting bite would infect her victims with a highly-contagious, venereal, rabies-like disease that transformed them into manic, consuming flesh-and-blood consuming zombies. The bite was akin to unprotected sexual intercourse via promiscuity that was also linked to rampant, rabid infection - a new outbreak threatened the entire city of Montreal.

Rose (Marilyn Chambers)

Rose's Armpit

That Obscure Object of Desire (1977, Fr.) (aka Cet Obscur Objet du Désir)

Luis Bunuel's final film was adapted from Pierre Louÿs' 1898 novel, La Femme et le Pantin (The Woman and the Puppet).

[Note: It was also filmed by director Josef von Sternberg as The Devil Is a Woman with Marlene Dietrich.]

The story of sexual politics, mostly told in flashback as a series of vignettes, was about successful Spanish businessman and widower Mathieu Fabert (Fernando Rey). He had became obsessed with elusive, 19 year-old former chambermaid and working class Conchita Perez. She was a dancer who actually portrayed two sides of her personality - played by two different actresses:

  • Conchita (Spanish actress Angela Molina), a voluptuous, tantalizing and beautiful lover
  • Conchita (French actress Carole Bouquet), a cold, aloof and unattainable female
Carole Bouquet as Conchita

His sexual frustration and anguish was clearly demonstrated when the alluring, carnal, teasing and erotic side of her personality enticed him for favors, but then changed to a disinterested, unobtainable female wearing a full, elaborately-laced pelvic corset (that was similar to a chastity belt and impossible to remove) who refused his lustful advances.

Angela Molina as Conchita

Valentino (1977, UK/US)

The experimental, controversial and sensational director Ken Russell was at the helm of a number of flamboyant screen biographies in the 1970s, including this one of silent screen idol Rudolf Valentino.

[Note: Earlier Russell films included Mahler (1974), Tommy (1975) and Lisztomania (1975).]

This dramatic film's screenplay was a very free adaptation of the biographical book Valentino: An Intimate Expose of the Sheik, and considered one of the more amusingly bad films ever made - and a big box-office failure. The famous actor, often a romantic lead character and known as the Latin Lover, died prematurely in 1926 at the age of 31 following a perforated ulcer or appendicitis that led to infection.

Famed Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev (in his debut film role) starred as the title character, opposite Michelle Phillips (singer and member of the Mamas and the Papas in the 1960s) as his bisexual love interest and second wife Natasha Rambova (her stage name). Various segments of Valentino's life were told as flashbacks (at the time of his funeral), including his days as a dancehall gigolo, the recollections of the social-climbing Natasha, and questions regarding Valentino's true sexuality (or lack of masculinity as a "powder puff").

Her relationship with Valentino was scandalous, including her veiled enticement of him into a desert tent, followed by a nude romp with him, echoing the filming of Valentino's signature role in The Sheik (1921). She knew that he was still married (although in the process of divorcing) his disastrous first wife Jean Acker (Carol Kane). During their naked cavortings, he stroked her bare and skinny chest, covered by long braided hair:

Valentino: "If I sue for a divorce, would you accept it?"
Natasha: "Accept what?
Valentino: "Half my kingdom."
Natasha: (She laughed) "I never do anything halfway, darling. That's one thing you should learn about me right now, if I'm going to become your wife."
Valentino: "Natasha! You make me the happiest of men." (They kissed)

Valentino was subsequently arrested for bigamy since his Mexican marriage to her was less than a year following his divorce, and he suffered during a jail stint. They eventually legally married.

Valentino with Natasha (Michelle Phillips)

Young Lady Chatterley (1977)

Producer-director Alan Roberts' X-rated soft-core erotic film Young Lady Chatterley (1977) was now set in Beverly Hills - it was an updated adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's once-scandalous, allegorical 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover. The book told about carnal pleasure and class conflict.

The main star was:

  • Cynthia Chatterley (Harlee McBride), the niece of the original Lady Constance Chatterley

She resented her wealthy husband and had sex with a workingman.

It contained numerous scenes of eroticism with Cynthia Chatterley appearing fully nude before a mirror, in the bath with the chambermaid, and in a car.

Young Lady Chatterley

Cynthia Chatterley (Harlee McBride)
Other Versions of "Lady Chatterley" Films

Lady Chatterley's Lover (1955, Fr.) (aka L'Amant de Lady Chatterley)

(Danielle Darrieux)

The first, fairly tame, black and white French version - with bowdlerized English subtitles, by director/co-writer Marc Allégret; starring Danielle Darrieux as Constance Chatterley - the aristocratic wife engaged in an affair with her estate's caretaker Oliver Mellors (Erno Crisa) while married to disabled wealthy husband Sir Clifford Chatterley (Leo Genn). Because of the novel's forbidden or controversial subject matter of adultery, the film was banned in the US, but later released in 1959 after a Supreme Court decision reversed the censoring.

Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)
Lady Chatterley's Lover
(Sylvia Kristel)

A retelling directed by Just Jaeckin, as sexually-unfulfilled Constance Chatterley (Emmanuelle's Dutch-born star Sylvia Kristel) was involved in a husband-sanctioned torrid affair with the virile and rugged gardener Mellors (Nicholas Clay).

Young Lady Chatterley II (1985)

(Harlee McBride)

A sequel of sorts to the 1977 film, from Playboy Productions, and again with Harlee McBride (opposite Adam West of TV's Batman).

Lady Chatterley (1992/93, UK) (BBC-TV)
Lady Chatterley
(Joely Richardson)

By British director Ken Russell, a well-executed and acted, four-hour TV mini-series adaptation, starring Joely Richardson, James Wilby and Sean Bean.

Lady Chatterley (2006, Fr.)

(Marina Hands)
From director Pascale Ferran, a lushly filmed and unhurried French-language adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's 1928 book, although mistitled since the film was based on the second version of three versions, titled John Thomas and Lady Jane. It starred Marina Hands as Lady Chatterley.

Lady Chatterley's Lover (2015, UK) (TV)

(Holliday Grainger)
A non-explicit version from director Jed Mercurio, with Holliday Grainger as the title character Lady Constance Chatterley. In the early 20th century; she married wealthy Nottingham colliery owner Sir Clifford Chatterley (James Norton), who was disabled, confined to a wheelchair, and sexually-impotent; so she sought fulfillment with handsome gamekeeper Oliver Mellors (Richard Madden).

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