The LVH Guide to Erotica: Top 5 Best Erotic Films
In a new series covering the very best of erotica, the writing team at LVH take a close look at literature, art, movies, music and entertainment technology, recommending the finest erotic works in each genre.
First up: the top five erotic films of all time! (According to an entertaining and rigorous discussion in the virtual LVH editorial meeting on Zoom this week).
So in no particular order, but voted for and placed with a great deal of enthusiasm and ardour, here is the LVH guide to the best of erotica from the world of cinema:
Boogie Nights (1997)
An initially uplifting and exuberant tale of the US porn industry in the 1970’s, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights draws the viewer into a world that appears both corrupt and almost downright alluring. The cast is a delightful ensemble of exceptional talent that is introduced via a night at the disco, the dance floor of which, anyone with a pulse would want to strut their stuff on. Mark Wahlberg plays Dirk Diggler, a young man with a manhood so impressive, he was surely born to be a porn star. “Everyone's blessed with one special thing" Diggler is fond of saying, as he is embraced by a family of troubled but wonderful characters who help him achieve success in a tawdry but often moving world.
“It conveys the rush of walking into a thumping nightclub on a Saturday night, the feel of sex and electricity in the air” SFGATE - San Francisco Chronicle.
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
This joyous coming of age road trip also featured in our round-up of the best male nude scenes on screen - a blog that investigated the ins and outs (well, mostly the outs) of male nudity in television and film. The director Alfonso Cuarón portrays a poignant story of two seventeen year olds meeting an older and beautiful Spanish lady, and the sexually charged and exciting adventure the three of them undertake by car to a ‘not so fictional’ beach: Boca del Cielo (Heaven’s Mouth), in Mexico.
“This is a wonderful film that I would highly recommend, and not just for the view of two incredibly pert Mexican bottoms” LVH Magazine.
The Handmaiden (2016)
After the success of Parasite at last year's Oscars, and the newly applauded work of Bong Joon Ho and other South Korean cinematic artists, the inclusion of The Handmaiden in this list is not only well deserved, but also relevant. The Handmaiden, a three hour cinematic extravaganza, tells the tale of a dishonest Count who hires a young woman to play handmaiden to an aristocratic lady, and defraud her of a substantial fortune. Park Chan-Wook directs a movie that combines the genres of comedy and thriller, and imbibes them with a tragic poetical tone that grips and mystifies in a hypnotic manner.
“Chan-Wook Park’s masterpiece is incredibly sexy in some moments, astoundingly disgusting in others; strongly dramatic and then building in unbearable tension” Fanboy Nation.
Set in the 1950s, this atmospheric film portrays the story of the love between two women, Carol Aird and Therése Belivet, perfectly played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara respectively. The director Todd Haynes deliberately concentrated on the relationship between the two women, a relationship distinctly unpalatable to their family, friends and the community around them. Haynes has won accolades for filming ‘one of the sweetest and sexiest love scenes between two women’ and depicting the extreme difficulties that a gay relationship would have faced in the era.
“It’s a brave, raw love story that is beautiful, enchanting and utterly sublime. It’s perfect.” The Hollywood News.
La Belle Noiseue (1991)
Critiques of La Belle Noiseue span the spectrum from ‘as interesting as watching paint dry’ to ‘unbelievably exquisite and erotic artistic cinema’. For the engaged and ultimately transfixed audience, this film is a study of a selfish artist, engrossed in his work, who is awakened from a world weary stupor by the presence of his intelligent young life model. The painter, Edouard Frenhofer, played by Michel Piccoli, finds his inspiration in Marianne, undertaken by the brilliant Emmanuelle Béart, as he paints her naked portrait during an epic four hour long screening.
“An art-house investigation into the Indecent Proposal idea, as a young artist offers up his girlfriend to a painter who hasn't worked in the decade since abandoning a nude study of his wife” Empire.com.
What do you think of our choices? Have we missed out one of your favourites? Why not get in touch and tell us which erotic masterpieces throughout history have made you sit up and take notice?