The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Season 1, Episode 6

Sex & Melodrama (8 Oct. 2011)

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Youssef Chahine ...
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Soumendu Roy ...
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Sharmila Tagore ...
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Jin Xie ...
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Kyôko Kagawa ...
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Donald Richie ...
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Judy Balaban ...
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Sex and Power
19 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a study of the early 1050's in cinema. It starts with James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause." He is seen as the rebellious representation of sexuality. It then goes into how European and Asian filmmakers presented the subject of sexual power. Several movies dealt in themes that the Code would never have allowed on our shores. There are numerous examples of some really abrasive portrayals of sexual deviance. In America, the closest we got would be things like Hitchcock did in "Vertigo" where voyeurism is really the hallmark. It's all he could get away with during this time. The person doing this documentary is criticized for his prejudices in favor of non-American films. When one looks at the sterility of so many films with censors taking over at every turn. Still, this is an excellent installment in this series.

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