Posted by Elaine on March 19, 1998 at 08:07:59:
In Reply to: Re: Musing over musings........... posted by Marcia on March 18, 1998 at 23:05:53:
. A naked body is in no way obscene or in need of justification, to my mind. The question is one of artistic merit, and best left in the hands of the person telling the story, I think. And there is a vast difference in seeing a naked person in a film, and in viewing every aspect of a couple having sex, which I also agree is way overdone in movies today. In short, nudity in itself doesn't bother me (witness the absolutely stunning bathtub scene in The English Patient) but naked, sweaty, panting couples pawing each other is getting really OLD! I'm in perfect agreement that the Kiss in LOM is much more powerful.
Just to clarify............. I wasn't saying nudity is obscene, not at all!!!! Yes, it is an issue of artistic merit, I agree. That is why I find most film nudity out of place. In my opinion, 95% of nudity in film today is void of artistic merit. It is an overused *effect* that is generally nothing more than a component of the sex sell of Hollywood productions.
Yes, the Kiss scene is far more powerful, effective, and touching.
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