Philip1749

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  1. Philip1749

    Sexual Freedom

    I am FAR from a "prude" when it comes to the topic of human sexuality. In fact, quite the opposite. My objection to such terms as "sexual freedom" is due to the fact that I am quite attuned to code words and terminology, and what it usually portends in contemporary society. The term "sexual freedom" is often code language for blending pornographic content into the mainstream film media...a practice that had mushroomed by the 1980's. I recall for example, the late Katherine Hepburn commenting in a television interview that such films today are "filth"...her terminology, not mine. One outstanding example of this would be the film FATAL ATTRACTION (1987), starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. If I wanted to see the pornographic content of that film in a mainstream motion picture, I could simply watch a porn film instead. I don't need to spend $20 at a motion picture theater to see it. In addition, I had no objection to the Tarzan character in the Tarzan films wearing simply a loin cloth, nor would I object to his female companion wearing a "bikini" rather than a dress. If anyone thought that was what I was talking about, then they misunderstood my point.
  2. For your information, I am FAR from a prude when it comes to the topic of human sexuality. In fact, quite the opposite. You don't know me, so I would appreciate it if you would not make judgments about people you do not personally know. My objection to such terms as "sexual freedom" is due to the fact that I am quite attuned to code words and terminology, and what it portends. The term "sexual freedom" is code language in general society for blending pornographic content into the mainstream film media...a practice that began in the late 1960's, and mushroomed after that. I recall for example, the late great Katherine Hepburn commenting in a television interview that such films today are "filth"...her terminology, not mine. One outstanding example of this would be the film FATAL ATTRACTION (1987), starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. If I wanted to see this kind of content in a mainstream motion picture, I could simply purchase a porn film. I don't need to spend $20 at a movie theater.     

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      Sepiatone

      I never thought of the term "sexual freedom" as a "code" for "blending pornographic content" into mainstream film media.  Just more or less a referral to injecting more (let's say) sexual frankness  and honesty  into some film story presentation.  Or more or less matters of personal and/or societal  behavior.

      :o

      Wow!  You equate FATAL ATTRACTION with a "porn film", eh?  and yet, claim NOT to be a prude? :wacko:

      Can't IMAGINE what you think about CARNAL KNOWLEDGE('71)  :rolleyes:

      and BTW...I don't recall ever referring to you specifically as being a prude.  So lay off the FaceBook type indignation.  ;)  

      Sepiatone

  3. Philip1749

    Sexual Freedom

    The young, new narrator with the English accent featured on TCM hosted a showing of Tarzan films on Tuesday, May 9th. She referred to the censorship imposed on those films of the 1930's by the movie industry's certification board as a lack of "sexual freedom." Apparently the lead female character was required to wear clothing that was less skimpy than a bikini would be. Is this another example of TCM promoting a liberal position when it comes to traditional social attitudes about sex? It sometimes seems that TCM feels frequently compelled to promote what might be called younger-oriented attitudes about sexuality, perhaps in an attempt to gain a larger television audience of viewers under thirty...thus the need for using terms like "sexual freedom" on the air.
  4. This morning I tried to find the film NIGHT UNTO NIGHT (1949) on WATCH TCM. It was not even listed in the letter "N" section, which ought to display all films whose titles begin with the letter "N". And yet this film was shown on TCM this morning, September 27th, 2017. Can anyone explain why this would be?
  5. Philip1749

    New TCM Hosts

    I can't say I think much of the new TCM on-air hosts. First of all, "teenie bopper" Tiffany Vasquez who is now featured on Saturday afternoons, was a poor choice for a new host. I suspect two things: (1) she was chosen because she had connections with someone in authority at TCM, and (2) because Turner Classic Movies is trying desperately to attract a younger audience. While I understand the latter motive, I still feel she was a poor choice for this position. I also notice that TCM has picked up Bill O'Reilly's former comedy partner Dennis Miller from his old program on Fox News as a new on air host. I hope this is not a permanent thing. TCM seems of late to be picking rather inappropriate and definitely mediocre choices to serve as on air hosts. Frankly unless Ben Mankiewicz is the on air host, I switch to a different channel on my television set until the movie actually comes on. He does an excellent and very convincing job. He also seem emotionally mature and very knowledgeable. On the other hand, I have the distinct impression that Tiffany Vasquez would be totally lost if it were not for a teleprompter being in front of her. I really hope that there are some new and better changes coming to TCM with regard to who are the on air hosts.
  6. The young woman doing tonight's film introduction is from a film school belonging to a southern California university. She stated, "As incredible as it may seem today, pre-marital sex was considered abnormal in the 1930's." I am paraphrasing here, but I have captured the essence of her message on TCM tonight. Well I'm sorry, but there are many of us who are fans of TCM and who very much subscribe to such 'incredible' morality with regard to pre-marital sex...1930's style, or otherwise. This young woman presumes to speak for society at large, apparently. By so doing, she is displaying a kind of naivete of her own, I would say.

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