Director William Friedkin reportedly went in a little too deep as well, and was forced to cut about 40 minutes of footage! Regardless, the scene in which Shallow Grave actress Kerry Fox fellates costar Mark Rylance onscreen immediately gained the film notoriety and arguably stalled her career. And you'll never hear the phrase "go get the butter" the same way again. We still think the you-are-there canoodling in the buff may have had something do with it, Haskell. Porn, as we all know, played in seedy theaters full of dudes in dirty raincoats prior to the video revolution, at least. But the sequences are as intimate as they are intense, and we're invited to view the two men getting it on as an expression of deepening connection and desire. Yes, viewers who aren't used to seeing men ejaculate all over each other or extended scenes of cunnilingus may start squirming in their seats, but Mitchell's group-therapy vibe diffuses the fact that you're watching people actually have sex.
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The film earns its NC rating both for the uncommon length of these scenes, and for how violent, and face-flushingly good, the sex seems.
Stanley Kubrick's swansong averted an NC rating thanks to director-approved digital inserts that obscured pornographic acts during the much-discussed Venetian-masked orgy sequence. It may not have been as momentous as Stravinsky's The Rites of Spring as Pauline Kael notoriously claimed at the time , but Bernardo Bertolucci's seminal film was a watershed how sex was depicted on film. Featuring live performances by Franz Ferdinand, Elbow, The Dandy Warhols, Primal Scream and others, the film is a fascinating, at times even enlightening consideration of how the arc of a relationship can be marked by its sexual encounters.