Earogenous Zones: Sound, Sexuality and Cinema

Earogenous Zones: Sound, Sexuality and Cinema

by Bruce Johnson (Editor)


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In the growing scholarly literature on music in film, one category that remains discreetly neglected is pornography. Yet in 2003 it was reported that in Los Angeles alone there are are more than than 10,000 porn films made year, as compared with an average of 400 feature films coming out of Hollywood. This is, by any qualitative standard, a major film genre. From as far afield as the UK, the US, South Africa, Australia and Finland, this collection explores the role of sound and music across a wide spectrum of pornography and its increasingly uncertain boundaries with mainstream erotica.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845533182
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
Publication date: 11/24/2010
Series: Genre, Music and Sound
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

About the Authors ix

Introduction Bruce Johnson 1

1 Sound Decisions: Interviews with Ole Ege Bruce Johnson 12

2 Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Cliché: Erotic Plenitude in the Films of Russ Meyer Mark Evans Matt Burgess 38

3 The Push/Pull Game: The Dynamics of Sound in Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor and The Sheltering Sky Lesley Chow 54

4 Depraved Desire: Sadomasochism, Sexuality and Sound in mid-1970s Cinema Clarice Butkus 66

5 The Peculiar 'Love' Music in Oshima's Ai no korida James Wierzbicki 89

6 Lust in Space: Science Fiction Themes and Sex Cinema (1960-82) Philip Hayward 102

7 Zero Gravity: Science Fiction Themed Porn Cinema and Its Soundtracks 1990-2010 Philip Hayward Emil Stoichkov 125

8 "It's Gotta Be That New Wave Music": Music in New Wave Hookers Carries the Joke Laura Wiebe Taylor 140

9 Making "a Mall Movie about a Man with a 13-inch Penis": Popular Music Representations of Pornographic Intention Liz Giuffre 158

10 Musical Loops: Eyes Wide Shut…Ears Wide Open Kevin Clifton 174

11 Multiple Positions: Sound, Sex and Aural Dominance in 9 Songs Andrea Warren 190

12 Music, Image, Orgasm: Getting off on the Shortbus Marianne Tatom Letts 203

13 In Extremis: The Roots, Soundscapes and Significations of Twenty-first-century Zombie Porn Ralph G. Marsh 217

Index 234

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