DO EROTICA :: on screen
I love cinema and I find watching films that have an erotic bent, well, incredibly erotic. I've collated this collection of old and contemporary films based on the quality of erotica within each. Some films only have a few scenes and will generally be classed as an entirely different genre, others are known purely for the erotica. I will continue to add to this list and if you have any that you love, please let me know by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.
Butterflies and BDSM abound in this sensual story about a woman and her young lover.
Peter Strickland’s beautifully shot, highly atmospheric pastiche of 1970s European sleaze is a delight - The Observer
A sexy, thrilling tale set on a stunning Sicilian island. Tilda Swinton and her young lover are vacationing on a stunning and sparse Sicilian island when ex-flame Ralph Fiennes unexpectedly lands on the island with his young temptress daughter, Dakota Johnson.
Everything in this movie is so ripe and voluptuous that watching it doesn't seem enough, you want to take a bite out of it - Peter Travers, Rollingstone
Or read The New Yorker's review here.
Secretary was adapted from a novella in Mary Gaitskill's 1988 book of short stories, Bad Behavior. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the repressed Lee Holloway, who after being released from a mental institution goes to work for James Spader (or E. Edward Grey as he's known in the film). It's not long before the two are involved in a sadomasochistic relationship.
A contemporary Cinderella story with a kink and a wink - NY Times
While this falls short of the book from which it was adapted, there are some wonderfully enjoyable erotic scenes in this films. It follows the adventures of young Emmanuelle, who travels from Paris to Bangkok to be with her new husband. Once in Bangkok she enjoys a number of sexual liaisons with women and men.
A silly, classy, enjoyable erotic film - Roger Ebert
Two 17-year-olds go a road-trippin' with an older, wiser and stunningly complex woman in this great Mexican film drama. It's sexy, interesting and intelligent. I likey.
Road movies don't come hotter than Y Tu Mama Tambien - Rollingstone
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is set against the backdrop of the 1968 Paris riots. The film centres around 3 characters - a young American man, Matthew and twins Theo and Isabelle who have a somewhat strange and erotic relationship. The film progresses with Matthew staying with Theo and Isabelle in their parent's apartment where he becomes closer to the twins until an event wakes them out of their "dream" and they join the rest of the world outside their apartment.
Watching this film is like drinking a bottle of good red wine, all at once, on an empty stomach. Not good for you, but wickedly pleasurable all the same - The Guardian
Uptight British writer Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling) heads to the the French country home for respite after struggling to finish a novel but her tranquility is interrupted by the home-owner's daughter who is a beautiful and uninhibited young woman.
A dreamy intoxicating sensuality - Rene Rodriguez
Dr. Bill Hartford's (Tom Cruise) becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter after his wife (Nicole Kidman) reveals she fantasises about a man she met. Bill He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly discovers that he is in over his head.
It's like an erotic daydream about chances missed and opportunities avoided - Roger Ebert
After a tragic event involving her boyfriend, Lucia escapes to a remote Spanish island. Upon arriving Lucia meets people from her boyfriend's past and a twisted story evolves.
The abundant nudity and moist clinches of the movie explain why ''sex'' is in the title, since it's almost the co-star of the film. But the director's affinity for sensuality and sumptuousness, though often superficial, is so intoxicating that our interest is piqued enough to follow him - Elvis Mitchell, NY Times
Catherine Breillat's "The Last Mistress" centres around the notorious libertine Ryno de Marigny and Hermangarde, the most marriageable young woman in all the French aristocracy. When the two become engaged, Ryno breaks off a long-term relationship with his mistress, Vellini. When rumor of his affair with Vellini reaches Hermangarde's family, her elderly grandmother confronts him and forces him to tell her the story of their love.
In "The Last Mistress," a passionate and explicit film about sexual obsession, everything pauses for a scene depicting a marriage - Roger Ebert
When Marie becomes frustrated that her boyfriend won't have sex with, she searches for lovin' elsewhere, beyond the bounds of traditional sexual limitations.
Catherine Breillat's opaque essay in eroticism has some brilliant moments - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Bored with her everyday life alongside her husband, a beautiful young housewife begins to work at a secretive high-class brothel under the name Belle de Jour. But when one of her clients grows possessive, she must try to go back to her normal life.
It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best - Roger Ebert
Distraught following his wife's suicide, American hotelier Paul becomes obsessed by a younger Frenchwoman Jeanne when he meets her by chance. The couple begin an anonymous sexual relationship in which they do not even tell each other their names, but it soon becomes clear that the couple's deliberate level of disassociation cannot continue.
Took the world by storm with its strategy of sexual frankness and a towering performance by Marlon Brando - Peter Canavese
A wealthy businessman, seduces a beautiful art assistant who is recently divorced after a three-year marriage. He first comes across as funny and adventurous, but it soon becomes clear that's not all John is into.
Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke develop an erotic tension in this movie that is convincing, complicated and sensual - Roger Ebert
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