Moments in cinema can build up notoriety all by themselves if they are against the general norm, instead being disgusting, dirty, scary, or even dangerous. Sex scenes have been prime targets of controversial and differing opinions since their existence in film, and though many-a-times this is because of people taking legitimate and understandable offense to the content, upon research I have discovered that some scenes were way ahead of their times to have its audience appreciate them for what they had to offer. ‘Controversial’ does not necessarily mean bad – it instead highlights that there is something about the following moments that were… different. That doesn’t automatically make any of these scenes good either, but what it does do is make them interesting enough for us film lovers to dive into and examine. Why exactly did these particular cinematic moments cause a lot of disruption in the society when they came to light? Well, this is the question that the article sets out to answer by examining what connects film with culture.
10. Crash (1996)
David Cronenberg is a director whose work has more or less satisfied me. I really enjoy his ‘Crash’, and find it a little saddening that the 2006 Oscar winner had to be given the same title, since that film pulled this away from the limelight. Cronenberg is a very bold director, and I’ve felt as though he shows what he has on his mind on the screen, no matter how unpleasant or disturbing. Therefore, it shouldn’t come off as surprising that the sexual content in his 1996 release was met with some unhappy backlash. The film depicts sexual acts initiated by violence. Its protagonist, played by James Spader, is a man who gets aroused by car accidents in such a way that he “makes use” of the wounds left behind on those injured. Because of all this, the film was banned by the Westminster Council, and many critics spoke harshly on its sexual depictions. The picture was heavily edited in many parts of the world as well, most notably Australia.