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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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Intimacy

Intimacy

The Film

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Intimacy
Source:
Real Sex Films
Author(s):

John Tulloch

Belinda Middleweek

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190244606.003.0002

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.

Keywords:   Intimacy, risk sociology, mutual understanding, galvanizing extension, Anthony Giddens

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