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Real Sex FilmsThe New Intimacy and Risk in Cinema$
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John Tulloch and Belinda Middleweek

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190244606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190244606.001.0001

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Actors and Sexual Intimacies

Actors and Sexual Intimacies

Trust, Mistrust, and the Double Standards of Love

(p.197) 8 Actors and Sexual Intimacies
Real Sex Films

John Tulloch

Belinda Middleweek

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 considers critical debate about “double standards” over sex and violence in Intimacy and Nymph()maniac. Exploring discussion between Intimacy’s lead actor Kerry Fox and her partner, it argues that the agreement reached (for Fox to perform oral but not penetrative sex) was a “controlled experiment” in jealousy via personal emotional affect and public performance and thus a powerful demonstration in confluent love negotiation shared with audiences. The trust and openness with each other in private, and between Fox and director Chéreau in public, are also central to notions of trust and mistrust in risk sociology, though with some strong critiques from within its ranks for its tendency to follow a meta-history devoid of differences among age, gender, class, ethnicity, and other key social indicators. The chapter concludes by emphasizing the interdisciplinary blend of feminist film and risk sociological theory in approaching the two films, within key principles of feminist mapping theory.

Keywords:   Intimacy, Patrice Chéreau, Nymph()maniac, Lars von Trier, pure relationship, feminist mapping theory, risk sociology, confluent love, trust, mistrust

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