Sensual Film: The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (Part 1)Category: General   Mar 15th 2017  09:19PM   0

Cinematography is full of infamous sensual and erotic moments. All the way from the New Wave film of Godard in the 1960s and right up to the Lars von Trier films in the 2000s. With such a large pool to draw from, I have tried to select some of my very favorite erotic and sensual films to share with you.

You’ve probably watched the extraordinary motion picture directed by Phillip Kaufman with the curious title, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. This film - based on a novel of the same title by Milan Kundera - is a beautiful examination of living, death, individualism, and society. It is told through the story of Thomas, a young surgeon (Daniel Day-Lewis), his wife Teresa (Juliette Binoche), Thomas’s artistic lover Sabina (Lena Olin), and their dog Karenin.

This mystical and titillating drama of a young doctor’s search for sensual pleasures and denial of true love is fascinating and interesting. The characters experience artistic, intellectual, erotic, and political awakenings during a tumultuous time in Czechoslovakia’s Prague during the spring of 1968. 

This Philip Kaufman film is perhaps best remembered for its unashamed eroticism.

The concept of nakedness, the willingness of different characters to remove their clothes, and their willingness to perform without covering up when in front of the camera or their lover is deeply revealing of their personalities on multiple levels.

Such moments are presented with many nuances and psychological complexity. In one epochal scene, Tereza gets Sabina to pose for some nude photographs. Teresa makes an emotionally powerful scene in her encounter with Sabina: veil, mirrors, and frame reflect and contain the vulnerability of the naked body in the gaze of another powerful human being.

The use of classical music in this film could be a surprise. It was for me. 

Classical music is not often associated with seduction, but in this film, it’s used in almost every love scene - and it works.

The Czech composer and music theorist Leos Janacek’s compositions were used to set the tone. Janacek’s “String Quartet No.2”, known as “The Intimate Letters,” or “Sonata for Violin and Piano IV: Adagio” plays throughout the film.

I am not a critic. I am just an observer, but I believe this film is one of the most beautiful, intelligent, sophisticated, and erotic films I’ve ever seen.

The film has a sophisticated air because of the ideas, direction, writing, and acting. The moral choices that are placed on these frivolous characters lend the film its greatness.


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