Euro Beat: Is It Art Or Porn? France Re-Opens The Debate

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For the first time in many years (at least since 2000's Baise-Moi), sex in cinema has become a point of controversy in France. That's thanks in large part to the fact that the two most critically acclaimed films to come out of Cannes this year, Palme d'Or winner Blue is the Warmest Color and and the explicit, gay riff on Bresson and Hitchcock, Stranger by the Lake, both feature a heavy dose of unsimulated sex.  

And so, the debate about the difference between art and pornography has reared its head again, and will surely continue through the next several months leading up to the release of Blue is the Warmest Color. French newspaper Le Monde got the jump on the subject, racing out the gate with a recent article titled, "Sex isn't just Porno."

The article mostly features quotes from various filmmakers and scholars aiming to actually define the difference between pornography and art. As usual with the French, no definitive conclusions are reached. But let's take a look at a few highlight quotes anyway!

First up is Sylvie Pialat (wife of the late Maurice) who once expounded about how difficult it is to portray sex on screen and how it's rarely successful, but recently produced Stranger by the Lake. Said Pialat, "I can identify with what I see [in Stranger by the Lake], which makes it an absolute counterpoint to pornography."

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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "both feature a heavy dose of unsimulated sex."

    I had no idea....strange that Spielberg & co should pick Blue is the Warmest Color as a winner......well, I´m glad he did.

    But.......sex will always sell, thank god...hahahhahahhahah

    "Gerard Depardieu has put in a request for an Algerian passport. Assuming he gets it, the French actor and "citizen of the world" will be the proud owner of seven different passports."

    Well, Depardieu doesn´t want to pay taxes....ahhahahhahahhah.....got a do a little juggling.

    "Meanwhile, M. Night Shyamalan devotees can take comfort in the fact that After Earth finished number one in several key territories, including France, the U.K. and Sweden."

    PG-13 and Will Smith........goes a long way......but how far...?

    Thanks for the wrap up , Mr Clark.

  • Mina Bontempo

    That's what I call consistent.

  • Benoit Lafleche

    I say as long as its not gratuitous and adds to the dept and/or emotional development of the story and/or character then it's art, if its sex for the sake of sex it's porn....the difference to me is obvious, I think

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