Barry Forshaw’s book on Sex and Film reviewed favorably – with some Nordic Lust

See the first review in The Times ‘In Short’ column! The Times on Sex and Film: ‘Forshaw… has probably watched more sex films than any furrow-browed censor ever did’ http://www.dvdchoices.co.uk/

SEX AND FILM: The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema by Barry Forshaw (Palgrave Macmillan, £19.99)
Iain Finlayson/The Times

“Barry Forshaw concurs with Orson Welles who declared that “two things can never be filmed in an interesting way: prayer and sexual intercourse.” Nothing daunted, film makers have certainly given sex their best efforts, with varying results and reactions. In a very thorough review of cinematic sex from the witty Hollywood sex comedies of the 1930s and the 1960s to the European post-war reputation for frank sexuality and mesmerising, post-millennial shockers such as ‘Nymphomaniac’ by Lars von Trier, the explicit, the erotic and the exploitative are analysed with witty erudition. The section on the UK film industry is, pitifully, titled ‘British Smut’: typical were the cheap, camp, comic ‘Carry On’ films, or the fearful 1976 anti-sex comedy “I’m Not Feeling Myself Tonight”, heavy on innuendo but light on lust. Forshaw, one of our best film critics, has probably watched more sex films than any furrow-browed censor ever did: for his own good, maybe now he should find a good prayer movie.”

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