The 3rd Annual “SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon” – Da Big Finish

Sad as we are to end this affair, it’s time for our goodbye kiss as we present…

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If you happened to miss Day 1 or Day 2 of our blogathon tribute to subtle sex in cinema, click on the appropriate day/link in this sentence to read our previous entries. For the third and final day’s entries, click on each blog’s name below to link to their ‘thon entry.

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Blog of the Darned shows how 1960’s sex comedies, including A Guide for the Married Man, bridged the gap between Production Code-era movies and today’s more explicit fare.

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Love Letters to Old Hollywood details why it’s so easy for Judy Garland to fall for Gene Kelly in The Pirate.

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And last but hardly least, Like Water for Chocolate illustrates the ethereal connection between food and passion, and Moon in Gemini is happy to get swept up in it.

As always, we’d like to thank our enthusiastic blogathon participants as well as our faithful readers who followed the ‘thon for three days. We’re sorry to go, but we’ll try to make it back again next year. Bye-bye for now!

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The 3rd Annual “SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon” – Day 2 Recap

Don’t turn your back on us now! It’s time for…

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If you missed our first day of bloggers’ tributes to subtly sexual cinema, click here to see the entries. For Day 2’s blogathon entries, click on the name of each blog to link to the entry.

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Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison make falling in love with a dead man seem like not such a bad thing in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, as reviewed by Lifesdailylessonsblog.

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Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews explores dishonor among (some very sexy) thieves, as depicted in Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise.

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And finally, Jennifer Jones shows some ranch-hands (and moviegoers) how the West was lust in Duel in the Sun, in a heated blog entry from ThoughtsAllSorts.

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Don’t forget, we still have one more day of sexy movie entries to go, so click here to go to our original announcement page, and keep checking back!

 

 

The 3rd Annual “SEX! (now that I have your attention) BLOGATHON)” – Day 1 Recap

Wake up, sleepy-head! It’s time for

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Thus far, we’ve received only three entries in our blogathon devoted to movies that subtly depict sex. Maybe our bloggers have to get, er, settled down before they can write their entries!

In any case, Day 1’s contributions are listed below. Click on each blog’s name to link to the respective blog entry.

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Realweegiemidget Reviews examines the charmingly ambiguous relationship between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation.

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BNoirDetour explains how Warner Bros. pitted some hot women against Humphrey Bogart to make him look sexier in The Big Sleep.

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And your faithful correspondent is still reeling from Carmen Miranda’s musical tribute to the potency of bananas in The Gang’s All Here.

Keep us bookmarked — we still have two days of subtly sexy blog entries to go! In the meantime, you can go back to sleep now…

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The 3rd Annual “SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon” is here!

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It’s time to ring in Summer 2017 and wring out those sweaty handkerchiefs. For the third year in a row, the SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon is back in town! Join us for the next three days as bloggers pay tribute to movies that cleverly suggest sex rather than overtly depicting it.

If you are one of the ‘thon entrants, please go to the “Comments” section below, and post the name of your blog and the URL of your entry; we’ll link to you as soon as possible. If you are just here to read, keep us bookmarked; all entries will be linked back to their original blogs, and also we will do a ‘thon recap at the end of each day. Enjoy, and try not to get too hot and bothered!

Here is the list of blogathon entries, in chronological order:

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Movie Movie Blog Blog – The Gang’s All Here (1943)

BNoirDetour – The Big Sleep (1946)

ThoughtsAllSorts – Duel in the Sun (1946)

Lifesdailylessonsblog – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – The Pirate (1948)

Blog of the Darned – A Guide for the Married Man (1967)

Moon in Gemini – Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

Realweegiemidget Reviews – Lost in Translation (2003)

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Announcing the 3rd Annual “SEX! (now that I have your attention) BLOGATHON)”

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It’s time for our yearly foray into risque business that we call the…

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Held every year to usher in the summer season, we ask for blog entries about movies that suggestively depict sex through dialogue and imagery. (Think pre-1960’s, especially movies that had to submit to the Production Code. And if you’re stuck for ideas, click here and here for links to entries from our past SEX! blogathons.)

Here are the rules for our sizzling summer ‘thon:

Your blog entry can be about any single movie, as long as it fits the following criteria.

1. You need to write about an entire movie that you find sexy, not just a single scene. The upside-down kiss in the 2001 Spider-Man movie was undeniably sexy, but unless you can make a case for the entire movie being a turn-on, please don’t write about it.

2. The movie you choose can be from any era (even silent), but it needs to be a movie that subtly suggests sex. No writhing, naked bodies, and no explicit dialogue about how much one person wants to go to bed with another.

That’s not to say that your choice can’t be a modern movie with adult dialogue. If you can make a solid case for something like, say, Body Heat (which was a modern homage to 1940’s-style movie sex), I’ll accept it.

3. Explain why you think the movie is sexy. Your explanation does not have to be lurid or explicit, just a simple description of why the movie “does something” for you.

How Do I Join the Blogathon?

In the “Comments” section at the bottom of this blog, please leave your name, the URL of your blog, and the movie you are choosing to blog about. At the end of this blog entry are banners for the ‘thon. Grab a banner, display it on your blog, and link it back to this blog.

The blogathon will take place from Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, 2017. When the opening date of the blogathon arrives, leave a comment here with a link to your post, and I will display it in the list of entries (which I will continually update up to the beginning of the ‘thon, so keep checking back!).

I will not be assigning particular dates to any blog posts. As long as you get your entry in by the end of the day on June 18, I will be satisfied. (That said, the earlier the better!) Duplicate entries about the same movie are welcome as well.

Again, be sure to leave me a comment and grab a banner, and have fun with your blog entry!

Here is the list of blog entries to date, in chronological order:

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Movie Movie Blog Blog – The Gang’s All Here (1943)

BNoirDetour – The Big Sleep (1946)

ThoughtsAllSorts – Duel in the Sun (1946)

Lifesdailylessonsblog – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – The Pirate (1948)

Blog of the Darned – A Guide for the Married Man (1967)

Moon in Gemini – Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

Realweegiemidget Reviews – Lost in Translation (2003)

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GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953) – Fun feminism

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The following is my entry in this (my) blog’s 2nd Annual SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon, being hosted here from June 19-21, 2016. Click on the above banner, and read bloggers’ critiques of movies that subtly suggest sexuality rather than graphically depicting it!

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(The following blog entry is dedicated to former USA TODAY film critic Mike Clark — who, one day when he tried to switch the TV channel from a showing of Jane Russell’s The French Line, was chastized by his crying two-year-old son, who told him, “I want to see the big lady!”)

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I am married to a newspaper publisher and editor, so I’d be a fool not to believe that women are the equal of, and in many ways far superior to, their male counterparts. What I don’t believe is that women can’t be feminist and sexy at the same time.

Unfortunately, women are so often forced to loudly confirm my first statement (in order to shout over the yahoos who try to drown them out) that the second statement gets lost in the confusion. But I think that director Howard Hawks — whose filmography is filled with bold, assertive women (see His Girl Friday and Ball of Fire) — was trying to make this point, however subtextually, when he directed my all-time favorite movie musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

The movie stars Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell as Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw, two American showgirls en route to France. The story makes it abundantly clear that these women want what they want, with no apologies, and each is given her own musical number to spell it out.

Dorothy is attracted to brawny, ripply men, and she lusts over acres of them in the hilarious “Ain’t There Anyone Here for Love?” (Naive moviegoer that I am, it took me years of sexual politicism to realize that there might be a reason why this roomful of muscle-bound males never give a second glance to buxom Dorothy.)

Lorelei adores anything with a dollar sign attached to it, particularly diamonds, and she makes this feeling explicit in the iconic “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Luckily, Lorelei happens to be engaged to Gus (Tommy Noonan), a rich, milquetoast man who is only too happy to appease her. Unfortunately, Gus’ father completely distrusts Lorelei and hires Ernie Malone (Elliott Reid), a private detective, to tail Lorelei on her cruise to France. Too bad Ernie has a thing for women who look like Jane Russell.

At this point, I must make a full confession: I am not gaga over Marilyn Monroe as most red-blooded American males are. I can easily see why she became a star and the fantasy figure for so many people, but for me, she just sells “it” a little too hard. However, she does win me over for, at least, the duration of this movie. If you doubt the movie’s support of feminism, listen to Lorelei’s beautiful speech to Gus’ father near movie’s end — where basically, she upends the viewpoint of male chauvinists by saying, If you guys can have it both ways, why can’t we women have it, too?

Nevertheless, my heart — and let’s face it, my hormones — go out to Jane Russell. She is thoroughly winning as Dorothy — strong, brassy, and yet willing to let her heart melt when the right guy comes along. And for a woman who spent a large part of her autobiography apologizing for the skin she displayed in The Outlaw and The French Lineshe has zero qualms about showing off her absolutely bitchin’ bod here — particularly in a short reprise of Marilyn’s “Diamonds” number that, for me at least, has it all over the original.

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That’s right, Operator, I said “absolutely bitchin’ bod.”

Wouldn’t the world be a whole lot better off if each gender admitted to and embraced its weaknesses and strengths? One wonders how many moviegoers, if any, caught the feminist broadside of this smashing musical when it was first released in 1953. Six decades later, it’s still a message worth taking in, even if you have to root around in the subtext to find it.

 

Make way! The 2nd Annual “SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon” is here!

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Ready to usher in summer with some major hotness? Join us at this blog for the next three days, as bloggers chime in about movies that cleverly suggest sexuality rather than graphically depicting it.

If you are one of the blogathon entrants, please post the URL to your blog entry in the “Comments” section below, and I will link to it as soon as possible. Please have your entry posted by the end of the day on Tues., June 21 (and if I may, the sooner the better!).

If you are just stopping by for some great reading, please give this blog bookmarked, as entries will continue coming in for the next three days. Enjoy, and be sure to have a fan directed at you while you’re reading — you might get a little hot under the collar!

Here are the blogathon’s entrants:

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Serendipitous Anachronisms – A Room with a View (1985)

Moon in Gemini – A Place in the Sun (1951)

BNoirDetour – Scarlet Street (1945)

The Flapper Dame – The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Outspoken & Freckled – It (1927)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – To Catch a Thief (1955)

Defiant Success – A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Thoughts All Sorts – Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Flickers in Time – Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

Meredy.com – Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Pop Culture Reverie – The Moon Is Blue (1953)

Realweegiemidget – When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Silent Wierdness – Lady Windermere’s Fan (1925)

Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg Movies – The Age of Innocence (1993)

Dell on Movies – Double Indemnity (1944)

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