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Sex on screen reflects society's trends, mores, and attitudes and, over time, has become as sophisticated as film technology itself. Here, Williams (film studies & rhetoric, Univ. of California, Berkeley) traces the evolution of sex on film-from chaste to boldly erotic-beginning with The Kiss in 1896 and moving on to such recent hits as Brokeback Mountain. There's an impressive amount of research here, and Williams casts a wide net to draw examples from mainstream fare such as Casablanca and The Graduate, controversial titles such as Last Tango in Paris and Blue Velvet, foreign art films, and varied selections within the hard-core sector. She provides a close, critical analysis of the plot, treatment, symbolism, and technical approach of individual films in terms of their sexual content, discussing these elements in relation to contemporary culture and offering thoughtful commentary about the various components of the audience experience. This is an informed and thoroughly frank study of an expansive array of sexual themes on film, with numerous explicit film stills and graphic narratives tightly woven into the scholarly text. For academic film libraries and advanced film studies collections.
—Carol J. Binkowski