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Real Sex Films: The New Intimacy and Risk in Cinema

John Tulloch and Belinda Middleweek


Within the domain of film studies, the recent surge in films depicting graphic and high-impact sex and sexualized violence has been variously classified under the terms transgressive, brutal, provocative, real sex, and extreme cinema. These classifications, however, tend to underplay the films’ sociohistorical contexts and reflexive struggle for meaning. We argue that the similarities and differences between these real or simulated sex films are determined and mediated within geographical space and historical time. But every film book has its own personal historical starting point: in our case ... More

Keywords: extreme cinema, real sex, The Transformation of Intimacy, risk sociology, feminist mapping theory, feminist film studies, genre, narrative, authorship, stars

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190244606
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190244606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Tulloch, author
Emeritus Professor, Charles Sturt University

Belinda Middleweek, author
Senior Lecturer, School of Communication, University of Technology, Sydney