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Sex in Films That Challenged the Rating System According to Some Douchebag Film Historian Named Tim Dirks

by Stephen Prokow
Sex in Films That Challenged the Rating System According to Some Douchebag Film Historian Named Tim Dirks by Stephen Prokow
A list of films that had an impact on the rating system regardless of being a big budget Hollywood film or filmed on a rice farm in China. Most films feature on film historian Tim Dirks’ column at http://blogs.amctv.com/movie-blog/2009/04/sex-in-the-movies-the-list.php I have removed The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) and Porky’s (1982) as they don’t feature on The Auteurs. I have replaced them with Midnight Cowboy (1959) and National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) respectively. I feel those two films are acceptable replacements. I have also added Blow-Up (1966) as I feel that film also challenged the system. The List: Ecstasy (Machaty, 1933) – The… Read more

A list of films that had an impact on the rating system regardless of being a big budget Hollywood film or filmed on a rice farm in China.

Most films feature on film historian Tim Dirks’ column at http://blogs.amctv.com/movie-blog/2009/04/sex-in-the-movies-the-list.php

I have removed The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) and Porky’s (1982) as they don’t feature on The Auteurs. I have replaced them with Midnight Cowboy (1959) and National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) respectively. I feel those two films are acceptable replacements. I have also added Blow-Up (1966) as I feel that film also challenged the system.

The List:

Ecstasy (Machaty, 1933) – The first non-pornographic film to depict a sex act

The Outlaw (Hughes,1943) – The Howard Hughes film that was delayed for years thanks to Jane Russell’s cleavage and challenged the Hays Code

The Lovers (Malle, 1958) – Inspiration for Supreme Court’s Overturning Obscenity Laws

Midnight Cowboy (Schlesinger, 1959) – The first X-rated feature to win Best Picture

Blow-Up (Antonioni, 1966) – Director Michelangelo Antonioni chose to release it without an MPAA seal rather than cut the nude scenes

A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick, 1971) – The X-rated Oscar nominee that shocked the world with graphic sexual content and was banned in Britain for 30 years regarding copycat crimes

National Lampoon’s Animal House (Landis, 1978) – Along with Porky’s (1982), the true start of the teen sex comedy phenomenon

Caligula (Brass, 1979) – Hollywood’s first big-budget sexploitation epic

Henry & June (Kaufman, 1990) – The first major studio picture with an NC-17 rating, revised rating designed to distinguish serious erotic films from straight-on porn

Romance (Breillat, 1999) – The first mainstream film to feature an erect penis.

Shortbus (Mitchell, 2006) – Porn with a serious storyline and contains hardcore images of sexual intercourse (gay and straight), masturbation, S&M, an orgy, and a menage a trois

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