Chapter 1 discusses the film Intimacy as constructed discursively from two entirely different perspectives: a film reviewer’s intertextual references and professional organization of knowledge in constructing for his readers a negative view of the film and the authors’ no less intertextual, no less constructed, interdisciplinary “overlapping” of frames, interpreting Intimacy by way of a “mutual understanding” between and a “galvanizing extension” of disciplinary assumptions. In this analysis the narrative is explored via the relationship of three milieus: the sex scenes of Jay and Claire; the social world of south London beyond Jay’s flat, where this sex takes place; and Jay’s own personal memory space. The tension and balance between language and silence explored between and within these scenes reveal the film’s exploration of modern intimacy at a time when sex for reproduction, marriage, and romantic love are under constant renegotiation.
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