Hollywood sex scenes have long fascinated moviegoers.
Whether’s it’s Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger raiding the fridge in 9½ Weeks or Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton getting down to business in Monster’s Ball, there’s always plenty to talk about when sex and cinema collide.
Now, a new video from YouTube channel The Film Theorists has put Hollywood eroticism under the microscope.
Sex scenes – which began with 1933 Czech silent film Ecstasy – are eternal because of something called scopophilia. That’s sexual pleasure derived chiefly from watching others when they’re naked or getting it on – basically, voyeurism.
According to the The Film Theorists’ video deconstruction, directors are subtly playing with viewers in the way they shoot these intimate moments.
Close-ups on the face are frequently utilised to convey emotion, while shots of anatomy are used to get you hot under the collar.