Saturday, May 15, 2004

Sex & Violence

The Charlotte Observer's movie critic Lawrence Toppman says the new Brad Pitt vehicle Troy tells us all we need to know about America's take on sex and violence:
Petersen includes many shots of spears penetrating faces and people drowning in blood after a sword cleaves their necks. Yet he twice reveals Briseis in bed, her body coyly covered with a small sheet, her limbs artfully draped over Pitt's naughty parts. That juxtaposition of images says all you'll ever need to know about the way American audiences respond to violence and sex.

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