Real sex: aesthetics and economics of art-house porn
by Jon Lewis
So let’s ask the obvious question: which is the more obscene: Shortbus or Saw IV ? I think it is an easy question to answer, but one the film industry is disinclined to examine or discuss. Commenting on the writhing bodies in the climactic orgy scene in Shortbus, a character exclaims (speaking as much to the images on screen as to our present cultural predicament):
“It’s just like the 60s, only with less hope.”
It’s a curious pay-off line for such an upbeat film, but nonetheless telling.
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