A Brief History of Hollywood-Inspired Fantasies
I watched her as she sat at the pottery wheel, the clay spinning beneath her slender fingers, a whiff of her perfume beckoning me closer.
Like Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore’s “passionate pottery” scene from Ghost, I sat behind her, placing my hands over hers, the clay oozing over them like the aching desire that simmered between us.
It was then that she turned to face me, her chestnut eyes wide and glistening, and asked in her melodious voice:
“Who are you and why are you touching my gourd?”
Long story short, I’m no longer welcome at the Thursday night pottery classes down at the community centre. But, in my defense, the whole sensual pottery idea did work in Ghost. Granted, as the emergency room nurse noted as she bandaged my nose, “that’s just a movie.” But what, I ask you, is Hollywood if not a fantasy factory projecting our deepest sexual desires onto the big screen?
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Speaking of fantasy worlds, director Bernardo Bertolucci channeled his desire for a one night stand with an anonymous European lover into the NC-17 Last Tango in Paris – featuring a post-Godfather Marlon Brando making the much younger French actress Maria Schneider an offer she, well, eventually refused in a Parisian apartment.
A Clockwork Orange put a creative twist on the ménage a trois, Caligula literally paid homage to the orgy via porn stars and an unsimulated sex scene, and a public romp on a train with Rebecca De Mornay in Risky Business helped launch Tom Cruise to sex symbol status while audiences re-evaluated their subway rides home.
The 80s actually offered an interesting mix – on one hand there was 9½ Weeks, which helped bring voyeurism, sadomasochism, and food play into the mainstream. On the other hand, you had teen dreams like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, complete with Phoebe Cates and her famed red bikini, and Weird Science, where two friends create their own perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock) on their computer. Nowadays films like Her cut out the “perfect woman” part and the guy just hooks up with the computer.
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The 90s featured Leo DiCaprio pre-Wolf of Wall Street, when he was content simply sketching nude women on ill-fated boat trips. It’s a nice thought, but nowhere near as steamy as Sharon Stone who caught everyone’s attention when uncrossing her legs in Basic Instinct, offering both a classic erotic moment and a creative solution to handling a confrontation with the cops.