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Real Sex Films


The New Intimacy and Risk in Cinema

John Tulloch and Belinda Middleweek

16 November 2017

ISBN: 9780190244613

376 pages

In Stock

Price: £37.49


Real Sex Films explores one of the most controversial movements in international cinema through theories of globalization and embodiment.

  • Offers a new, interdisciplinary approach to this controversial film movement
  • Containes detailed analyses of key films
  • Features 40 screen images

About the Author(s)

John Tulloch, Emeritus Professor, Charles Sturt University, and Belinda Middleweek, Senior Lecturer, School of Communication, University of Technology, Sydney

John Tulloch is Professor Emeritus in Communication at Charles Sturt University and Adjunct Professor in Communication, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Belinda Middleweek is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations
    1. Intimacy: the Film
    2. The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality and Risk in Modernity
    3. Intimacy and Romance in Film Theory
    4a. 'Intimacy is what hurts when it's gone': approaching social audience analysis (Part 1)
    4b. 'A man didn't make this film alone': Intertextual dialogue (Part 2
    5. Brutal Intimacy: French Corporeal Cinema
    6. 'Desperate for Intimacy': Loneliness and Fun in 9 Songs and Shortbus
    7. Intimate Pleasures and the Madness of Love: Narrative in Ken Park and Irréversible
    8. Actors and Sexual Intimacies: Trust, Mistrust and the Double Standards of Love
    9. Secret Intimacies and Addictions in Le Secret
    10. Beyond High Theories of Intimacy: authorship, performance and 'obscenity' in The Piano Teacher
    11. Desire, Intimacy and the Gaze in the work of Andrea Arnold and Lynne Ramsay


"Provides both academics and film buffs with an interesting look at the films that toe the line on what [is] acceptable in cinema." - Dakota Ratley, Communication Booknotes Quarterly

"Media studies desperately needs more rainbow scholarship like the impeccable work Tulloch and Middleweek have done here, especially on experiences that are so central to the human condition: intimacy, desire, and sex." - Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam, author of Media Life