Sunday, February 05, 2017

Summer Time 2015 NR

Summer Time is a beautifully filmed French movie with sub-titles. It is filmed mostly in a small rural farming community. However, the movie begins in Paris on a college campus in the 1970’s. The film is about two young woman falling in love and their struggle with disclosing this fact to family and their community. As one Netflix reviewers wrote, “how do you choose between love for a place and love for a woman?” The film also addresses the importance of women holding power and how often society undervalues this power. The cinematography in this film is beautiful. The nude and love scenes are tasteful and erotic. I strongly recommend this film. 2/5/17 (available on Netflix)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Carol 2015 R

There are different types of erotic images and content, sometimes called porn. As one example, there are beautifully filmed erotic art that captures details of the human body and human sexuality. These images for some provoke sexual arousal, but for others provoke admiration but not sexual pleasure. A friend of mine describes a different type of erotic image that she enjoys. She says, “I do see beauty in erotic art as it details the body. However, what arouses me is not a work of art, but rather a freeing of the difference in elevator music vs a symphony hall.  I am aroused by seeing the expression of enjoyment and passion in a relationship. I enjoy watching erotic images where people are involved and pleased with one another.”

Carol is the story of two woman in the 1950’s that form a passionate and involved love relationship. Their love relationship is a beautiful example of emotions and pleasure once restricted but now freed. Both ladies are presented as mysterious and reserved, where the intensity of their emotions are kept hidden. It is through this relationship that these emotions are freed. Carol is an example of a film that presents the freeing of emotions of these two woman which makes their sexual relation very erotic.

The film has an explicit love scene between the two woman played by Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara. I found the scene erotic and beautifully filmed. Cate Blanchett received a Best Actress nomination for her performance in the film. The sets and costumes are outstanding and reason alone to see this film. This is a very good film and I recommend it. 1/8/17

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Hyde Park on the Hudson; 2012, R

There has been much written about Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt’s non-traditional marriage, including the recent best seller “Franklin & Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage’ by Hazel Rowley. The Film Hype Park on the Hudson should be added to this list. History documents at least four intimate & sexual long standing relationship FDR had with women. The four woman were Eleanor, Lucy Mercer, Marguerite Lehand (Missy) and Margaret Suckly (Daisy). Two of these woman served as key advisors (Eleanor & Missy). Likewise, Eleanor enjoyed intimate relations with other woman and at least one man. It is unclear if these relationships were sexual, but most likely they were with the women. Please note that I have not used the word “affair,” which connotes illicit cheating. Thought certainly FDR’s first relationship with Lucy Mercer was an affair causing Eleanor much grief, the later relationships (on both parts) were acknowledged, welcomed and supported.

Today there is also much published about Open & non-monogamous relationships. One of the most popular is the weekly podcast Savage Lovecast with host Dan Savage. Dan Savage is also a frequent contributor to MSNBC. It therefore seems important to document maybe the most famous and functional non-monogamous marriage. A relationship where Eleanor agreed to “share” Franklin with other woman, and Franklin agreed to “share” Eleanor with other women. Just as a “by the way” footnote, this couple had arguably the most positive affect on American culture (and maybe the world) since Abraham Lincoln.

Franklin on the Hudson is not a perfect movie. It stars Bill Murray as FDR and Laura Linney as Daisy. However, I give it 5 Stars. It certainly captures the facts of this non-traditional marriage. It also honors the brilliance of Franklin and Eleanor. I know of no other story line where famous people affirmed each other’s sexuality and continued in an “extraordinary relationship.’ The file is available on Netflix streaming. 7/10/16