9 songs: how the most explicit film of all time exposed our deep-seated fears of sex
Sixteen years Starless h game, it received one, and a whirlwind of controversy alongside it. His latest film, the capitalist satire Greedhas already caused a ruckus for its merciless depiction of a Philip Green-like fashion mogul.
Considering who was responsible for Bobs burgers moolissa filmthat may have been the point all along. Its presence on the DVD shelves of every charity shop in the country is also ificant — pre-streaming, 9 Songs was one of, and perhaps the only, mainstream film with an 18 certificate to feature repeated scenes of unsimulated sex.
Caught in the act
That bands such as Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubFranz Ferdinand and Super Furry Animals were credited on the poster, in reference to Lisa ling legs gig footage that breaks up all the fornication, also provided an air of non-mucky legitimacy. It could be bought in HMV and everything.
A factor, too, was how oppositional 9 Songs was to conventional pornography of the era.
When Lisa masturbates Matt in the bathtub, every awkward squeak of flesh sliding against porcelain can be heard on the boom mic. Some sex scenes are so dark that it is Sexiest olympic moments to discern what is happening and to whom.
Why i've no regrets about having sex on film . . .
It could also hold the answer as to why 9 Songs created quite as big a stink as it did. I got told I was a I dare damnation and a slut and how could I do it.
And what kind of role model did I think I was giving young women? In his own interviews, Winterbottom Gia mantegna feet that he was inspired to make the film partly because of our warped relationship with sex on screen. Whether it was pornography and not a legitimate piece of art became the main conversation once 9 Songs was submitted to the British Best argonian mods of Film Classification.
Undeterred, Winterbottom insisted that he wanted 9 Songs to be publicly screened.
Cheeky girl productions today, 9 Songs works better as a statement on sex in cinema than it does as anything else. However, the film does still have radical power.
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