Cinema: Films That Are Good In Bed

Who makes smart, serious, sexy movies? The French

When critics of pop culture castigate Hollywood films for excesses in sex and violence, a regular moviegoer has to ask, What sex? American movies wrote the book on colorful carnage, and keep reprinting it. But serious--or even frivolous--pictures with an erotic touch are hard to find. And please don't mention frat-house farces like the recent hit American Pie 2, a kind of I Know Who You Did Last Summer whose real subjects are competition (with other guys) and humiliation (by women). AmPie 2 also has little redeeming priapic interest: on a warm June day, two college kids have sex--under the covers!...

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