Kino Lorber’s Au Pair Girls and Cult Epics’ Cheeky arrive on Blu-ray today. The bawdy sex comedies from Val Guest and Tinto Brass are naughty guilty pleasures with an international spin on the fleshy farces that we recently explored in American territory. Some of the greatest sex comedies emerged from the 1960s and 1970s — a lighthearted healer for times of social, economic, and political unrest abroad. While the female form featured aplenty in these escapist entries, several sexy romps depicted women who had equally erotic intentions — a different kind of emancipation that attempted to explore serious matters with a knowing wink to match the jiggling flesh on display. We examined a variety of international sex comedies below — some wry and bittersweet, and others positively fluffy. Tell us your favorites, won’t you?
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Today at Flavorpill, we read drunk texts from famous authors. We nominated this Tweet from Ronan Farrow — Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s 24-year-old son — today’s winner. We hoped people would stop “begging the question.” We saw a bold visualization depicting the evolution of movie poster colors.… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we wished that we lived in Barcelona, where T-Mobile has installed a larger than life version of Angry Birds. We decided that Brain Pickings’ roundup of 10 books that will teach you (almost) everything you need to know about culture would make a good summer reading project. We… Read More
This morning A Cup of Jo pointed us in the direction of Rides A Bike, a new Tumblr that’s dedicated to finding photographs of old school movie stars riding bikes. We’ve pulled together 10 of our favorite images after the jump; click through to check out leading ladies from Brigitte Bardot to Doris Day wheeling around, and let us know in the comments which photo you like best. We’re rather partial to the Eartha Kitt. R-r-r-r-aow.
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New York-based British photographer Steve Pyke — an artist known for his dramatic take on portraiture — has been staff photographer at The New Yorker since 2004. While his roots are in the late ’70s music scene, by 1980 Pyke had abandoned rock ‘n roll for the visual arts. His early work was featured in publications like The Face and NME, and in the ’90s his reputation grew thanks to a number of personal projects, specifically a series on Philosophers. His photographs are included in many permanent collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, the V&A in London, and the New York Public… Read More
Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Nine — the Tony-nominated play based of Fellini’s 8 1/2) looks a bit like his last flick, Chicago. There’s a lot of playing with light and shadow, interesting casting choices (Daniel Day Lewis? Fergie? Kate Hudson?), and enough spangly outfits and Fosse-inspired dance numbers to satisfy our inner drag queen. Also: It’s really hard for us to remain impartial, because any film that includes Dame Judi Dench in its cast usually gets a pass. There are a few things that make us nervous though.
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