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10 Boundary-Breaking Movie Sex Scenes [NSFW]

Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film Don’t Look Now is an intense and effective psychological thriller, acclaimed at the time of its release and only more respected with with each passing year. It has also been the topic of a long-standing controversy: a key sex sequence between stars Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie was rumored to be, well, not quite simulated.

At long last, we’ve got a credible source confirming the story: Peter Bart, the Variety editor and film commentator, was a Paramount executive during the film’s production, and claims in his new book, Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob, (and Sex), that he visited the set on the day that the scene in question was shot. While watching, he writes, “it was clear to me they were no longer simply acting: they were fucking on camera.” Sutherland has denied the writer’s claim, but if Bart is telling the truth, then Don’t Look Now would presumably mark the first occasion of unsimulated sexual intercourse in a mainstream motion picture. With that belated honor bestowed, let’s take a NSFW look at some of the other boundary-breaking sex scenes of cinema.

A Free Ride

These things are difficult to track precisely, but it is generally agreed that this eight-minute movie from 1915 is the earliest known “stag” film (or, at least, the oldest surviving one). Director “A. Wise Guy” (ho, ho) tells the tale of a wealthy gent who picks up a pair of female hitchhikers in his Model-T and ends up engaging in a bit of roadside diversion. And there’s the durability of pornography: nearly 100 years later, and they’re still working that plot.

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