Magazine article Variety

9½ Sex Scenes

Magazine article Variety

9½ Sex Scenes

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VARIETY CRITICS OFFER

UP THEIR FAVORITES

"Don't Look Now" (1)

(Nicolas Roeg, 1973)

This notorious sequence, featuring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, comes feverishly close to capturing the close-quarters tenderness of a loving marriage.

"Late Marriage" (2)

(Dover Kosashvili, 2001)

Ronit Elkabetz and Lior Ashkenazi star in one of the most unguarded and naturalistic sex scenes ever filmed, full of cranky pillow talk, playfully feigned orgasms and free-flowing nudity.

"The Dreamers" (3)

(Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003)

A naked Eva Green forcibly seduces a shy Michael Pitt, who is both aghast and aroused - a fair assessment of the viewer's reaction as well.

- Justin Chang

"Last Tango in Parts" (4)

(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)

The butter scene ensured notoriety, but another moment - two lonely people naked on a mattress, trying to bring each other to climax without touching - endures as a masterpiece of eroticism.

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being"

(5) (Philip Kaufman, 1988)

Clad in a bowler hat (and little else) and sprawled across an upturned mirror, Lena Olin submits to the womanizing charms of Czech surgeon Daniel Day-Lewis. …

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