The Good Book Guide on Sex and Film

Sex and Film jacket

From the latest Good Book Guide: SEX AND FILM The Erotic in British, American and World Cinema  Barry Forshaw  Film critic and author Barry Forshaw can always be relied upon to take the reader on a brisk, enjoyable and instructive tour of his chosen subject, and this latest offering is no exception. In fact, it is a particularly fine example of his facility for identifying and assessing all the significant landmarks en route without engendering a feeling of ennui in the cineaste who has seen every movie worth viewing. Whether it’s an arthouse favourite from von Sternberg or Visconti, the smutty seaside postcard antics of the British ‘Confessions’ films, or the soft-core porn pretensions of Euro-trash master Tinto Brass, Forshaw always find something positive to say even while summing up the film’s appeal or shortcomings. But the real value of this concise and comprehensive history of sex and censorship is the author’s astute psychological assessment of the personalities in front of and behind the camera, as well as those who have attempted to impose their sense of morality on the movies. Palgrave Macmillan, 240pp Pb. £19.99