Sex: it can liven up a movie when things get boring. It can make a movie silly (like the splishy splashy pool antics in Showgirls). It can occasionally add to the plot. It can make a movie tiresome if handled wrongly. And sometimes, it can actually make the viewer think. The sex scenes on this list have been chosen for their power to disturb. There is a streak of malevolence about them that will have you squirming in your seat, wishing that you could erase the scenes from your eyeballs forever.
So, without further ado, here they are…
Warning: Content may be a bit head-frying and disturbing, so be warned.
10. Last Tango In Paris (1972)
Tortured (as per usual), middle-aged American expat Marlon Brando begins a doomed anonymous love affair with young French nymphet Maria Schneider against the backdrop of a Parisian apartment.
Of course, it is the infamous butter and backdoor shenanigans that is the disturbing scene we wish we could unsee. Rear entry and dairy products? There’s just no need for it. No wonder the critics and the censors of the day got their knickers in a collective knot!
And to add further disturbing controversy to the scene, Bertolucci has stated that the film was based on his deepest sexual fantasies. He was given a four month suspended sentence in his native Italy for the depiction of his perverted whims. Both Maria Schneider and Marlon Brando went on record to say that they felt raped and controlled by Bertolucci during the filming of Last Tango.
What really offends me about the whole affair is that Brando is supposedly able to perform the act without lowering his trousers. It requires the suspension of disbelief (well my disbelief) and makes me wonder about the mechanics of it all which is not something I particularly wish to dwell on but can’t stop myself from doing so. Urgh.
This article was first posted on January 28, 2013