American Cinema Patterns of Sexual Term Paper

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  • Subject: Women's Issues - Sexuality
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The director makes this point very clearly in the scene where David and Dianna win some money.

They tumble among the bills, consummating their love for money as much as, or more so than, their love for each other. The scene is quite remarkable even beyond the basic idea of sex literally on top of money. Lyne spends significant amounts of time exploring the cash-filled crevices of his stars. While certainly a cinematic first, this union of love and money is a hollow pleasure.

The above quote also emphasizes the attitude projected by the film, which is a reflection of the contemporary world, where money and sex and power are closely associated. In a sense the film also points to another problematic aspect of the modern world; that the value of money is regarded above all else - including love and human relationships. The entire film is built around an exploration of this problem. In a sense, the film reflects a reduction of the importance of sex to the need for finance and control in the contemporary world. From this point-of-view the film can be seen as a critique or indictment of the modern world where love and relationships have become secondary to sexual and pecuniary affairs.

In the film sex reflects many contemporary modern concerns. It is seen as essentially dangerous in that it has the potential to destroy life not only though its potential as a transmitter of disease but, also though the destruction of love. The director uses sexuality in a subtle and suggestive way.

Gage goes after Diana not with knives and threats, but with kind words, generous gifts, and moving tales of his youth."

The film also opens up avenues of conjecture about sexuality in the modern world. While sexuality has become something scary, it has also become dangerously fascinating at the same time. "From Indecent Proposal one might conjecture a fascination (and fear) on the part of the West regarding sex, loosening sexual mores, and their impact on the traditional marital relationship."

Another aspect which reflects the patterns of sexual behavior in the contemporary world is the loosening of sex from relationships. The fact that the couple can even consider the indecent proposal indicates that there is a possibility of seeing sex as being separate to marriage and relationships. The rest of the film explores this problem.

Conclusion

The three films discussed above show that there have been significant changes in patterns of sexual behavior which have been reflected in popular films. The element of sexuality has always been an important part of the artist and filmmakers resources. However, the concept of sexuality changes over time. While sexuality was seen as a natural element of life that is innocent within itself but could be abused in the 1960's, we find that the films from the 1990's see sex as an intrinsically dangerous element that has closer associations with disease and money than before.

Bibliography

Berardinelli, J. Indecent Proposal. Retrieved March 9, 2005. Web site: http://movie-reviews.colossus.net/movies/i/indecent.html

Dirks, T. Deliverance (1972). Retrieved March 9, 2005 from Filmsite Org. Web site: http://www.filmsite.org/deli.html

Howe, D. 'Midnight Cowboy' (R) (1994) Retrieved march 8, 2005 from the Washington Post. Web site: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/midnightcowboyrhowe_a0b04a.htm

Koller B. Midnight Cowboy (1969) Retrieved March 7, 2005. Web site: http://us.imdb.com/Reviews/131/13153

LoBaido, a.C. (2001) MYTH-MAKING CINEMA - HOLLYWOOD STYLE Behind the Scenes of the Culture Wars. Retrieved March 8, 2005. Web site: http://www.sierratimes.com/archive/files/dec/19/lobaido.htm

MIDNIGHT COWBOY Magill's Survey of Cinema; 6/15/1995

Nayar, S.J. (2003) Dreams, dharma and Mrs. Doubtfire: exploring Hindi popular cinema via its "chutneyed" Western scripts. Retrieved March 7, 2005 from Journal of Popular Film and Television. Web site: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0412/is_2_31/ai_107041432/pg_4

A.C. LoBaido,. (2001) MYTH-MAKING CINEMA - HOLLYWOOD STYLE. Behind the Scenes of the Culture Wars. Retrieved March 8, 2005. Web site: http://www.sierratimes.com/archive/files/dec/19/lobaido.htm

Koller B. Midnight Cowboy (1969) Retrieved March 7, 2005. Web site: http://us.imdb.com/Reviews/131/13153

MIDNIGHT COWBOY. Magill's Survey of Cinema; 6/15/1995

Howe, D. 'Midnight Cowboy' (R) (1994) Retrieved march 8, 2005 from the Washington Post. Web site: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/midnightcowboyrhowe_a0b04a.htm

Dirks, T. Deliverance (1972). Retrieved March 9, 2005 from Filmsite Org. Web site: http://www.filmsite.org/deli.html

Berardinelli, J. Indecent Proposal. Retrieved March 9, 2005. Web site: http://movie-reviews.colossus.net/movies/i/indecent.html

Nayar, S.J. (2003) Dreams, dharma and Mrs. Doubtfire: exploring Hindi popular cinema via its "chutneyed" Western scripts. Retrieved March 7, 2005 from Journal of Popular Film and Television. Web site: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0412/is_2_31/ai_107041432/pg_4

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