Nymph()maniac + Blue is the Warmest Color = Porn

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If you take all the sex scenes from Nymphomaniac and Blue is the Warmest Color, you have a top quality pornographic film directed by highly regarded auteurs. Why are these films critically acclaimed and respectable mainstream films and not regarded as porn, only watched in some red light district or in the privacy of your hotel room?

To answer that question, let us look at nudity in various art forms and examine our hypocrisy a little more in depth. While we shield our children from porn magazines and nudity in television shows, we teach our children to admire nudity in paintings, photography and sculpture by merely refocusing on the style and technique instead of the nudity. Although, avoiding the elephant in the room does not make it go away nor make it more acceptable. It just becomes unspoken thoughts, childish chatter shared among the few who will snicker at its perversion, or privately visualized or used as porn anyway.

Using the same reasoning, that these films are created by world-class directors with well scripted stories, and good artistic and visual elements, and the raw pornographic sex scenes are only one minor aspect of the film, do not change the nature of the pornographic scenes nor cause the audience to react less sensually to them. Nor does stating that the nude scenes are all prosthetics or body doubles change our imagination of what actually took place on screen. No one writes about it and no one talks about it, but some have privately agreed that these films do provide enough sexual pleasure equivalent to that derived from a good porn video. (I am only quoting here.) Explicit pornographic scenes that evoke sexual stimulation, regardless of the director’s intent, have crossed the line from mainstream film into porn video territory.

Are we kidding ourselves or are we subtly sneaking porn into the mainstream film industry by justifying that the art form and story are so much better and thought-provoking than the poorly made porn videos? Such arrogance! This is where I should say stop corrupting innocent minds and offering the porn industry free promotions, but I am afraid it is too late; just remember to pass out the condoms please.

Although technically and visually satisfying, beautifully scripted and decently acted, Nymphomaniac and Blue is the Warmest Color are still porn. No explanation or justification can wipe away the sexual imageries, and a porn by any other name or rating is still porn. As a general rule, if I cannot watch nudity with my parents or allow kids to watch it, it is porn. A film that tests sexual boundaries may generate media buzz, but that does not make it a better film. So, test over, settle down and go back to making films that I can watch with my kids and share for generations to come without putting it through the China censorship test.

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