Six Films Where The Actors Aren’t Faking It

By Matt Prigge
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Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song (1971): As the stereotype goes, Europe is lax about sex, both on- and off-screen. In the ’70s, Denmark even had two mainstream comedy film cycles—the Bedside and Zodiac series—that featured hardcore porking. But America wasn’t completely in the dark ages, at least according to Melvin Van Peebles. The director alleges that the sex scenes in his surprise proto-blacksploition hit were real—with the notable exception of the one featuring his 14-year-old son Mario. He even claims to have contracted an STD. Then again, the restlessly self-promoting Van Peebles has been known to say lots of things.

In the Realm of the Senses (1977): Infamous for its bloody castration climax, Nagisa Oshima’s scandalously true tale is, up to its ending, actually a pretty positive depiction of sex. Most of its length is devoted to slow, satisfying bump-and-grind sessions, showing coitus as a bond that shuts out the world.

Caligula (1979): Originally intending a modest biopic of the deranged Roman emperor, Gore Vidal wound up signing a Faustian deal with Penthouse’s Bob Guccione. He then watched as his vision was sexed up, first by Eurotrash T&A maven Tinto Brass, then further by Guccione himself, who randomly spliced in hardcore orgy and lezzie roundelays. Despite its still-rancid rep, the pricey, all-star porno—$65 mil if made today and featuring a current Oscar nominee—turned a decent profit.

Romance (1999): After a lenghty absence, French provacateur Catherine Breillat pulled a comeback with this sex-tastic art film featuring porn star Rocco Siffredi and, in turn, gave mainstream quasi-pornography a comeback, too. Hence, the real BJs of Intimacy and The Brown Bunny and the various unmentionables of Breillat’s own Anatomy of Hell.

9 Songs (2004): A couple goes to a concert, then retires to the boudoir for real fucking. Repeat nine times.

Shortbus (2006): The rare arthouse film in which the sexual act is boisterously fun. Yes, Virgina, it happens.

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1. Brian McManus said... on Feb 11, 2010 at 08:54AM

“Where's BROWN BUNNY???”

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2. Matt Prigge said... on Feb 11, 2010 at 03:46PM

“I decided to stick to real bonking and exclude real BJs. That means I also had to leave off Intimacy and Battle in Heaven, both of which, like BB, feature actual mouths cradling actual members.”

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3. mjd said... on Feb 11, 2010 at 05:04PM

“Lust, Caution.”

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4. Matt Prigge said... on Feb 12, 2010 at 09:13AM

“The shtupping in Lust, Caution isn't real, it's just graphic. Despite the sight of Tony Leung's real nutsac.”

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