We got to indulge in one of our favorite pastimes this past weekend, naked movie night. Actually, it wasn’t at night, but over a breakfast of Parrot’s made-from-scratch pancakes, house-made sausage from my neighborhood market, and a pot of Starbucks Dark Morning Joe. After all, when we lounge in luxury, we do it right no matter the hour of the day or night.
Porn has its place, but there’s a lot to be said for the power of watching a really sexy and seductive movie together like Casablanca, To Have and Have Not, Shakespeare In Love [HD] or 9 1/2 Weeks.
The best movie that we’ve seen together so far has to be The Lover. It’s a story about a French teenage schoolgirl and a Chinese businessman that fall into a tragic, torrid and forbidden love affair of a lifetime in French Indochina in 1929.
Why it’s taken me 22 years to see this movie, I don’t know. The photography and lighting are just as sultry as the storyline. The subtleties of their nuances and advances are just as powerful as the beautifully explicit sex scenes … and the one that followed after the movie.
Our morning matinee got me thinking about some movies I’d like to revisit or finally get to see for the first time – naked … morning, noon or night.
The Age of Innocence — In refined late-19th-century New York society, one simply could not engage in extramarital affairs. So would-be lovers Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) spend their lives pining for each other, unable to go beyond a stolen kiss in the back of a horse-driven carriage.
Basic Instinct — Michael Douglas plays a police detective who is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which Sharon Stone plays an ice-pick-wielding, man-eating bisexual novelist. Even if you never saw the movie, you’ve heard about the interrogation scene.
Body Heat — Kathleen Turner plays a breathy dame, Matty Walker, who makes men like Ned Racine (William Hurt) who should know better do stupid things — like murder her husband.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s — Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard play a pair of charming and endearing hustlers that can never seem to connect in a way that the audience sees as so obvious.
Don’t Look Now — You won’t find a lot of overlap between lists of the scariest and sexiest films ever made, but Nicolas Roeg’s Venetian creepfest is the exception thanks to an infamous boudoir scene with John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie). It’s so suggestively edited that moviegoers still debate whether the duo was actually getting it on.
Mississippi Masala — In another story of taboo love, African-American Demetrius Williams (Denzel Washington) and Uganda-born Indian Mina (Sarita Choudhury) spark from the get-go, much to their families’ dismay.
The Notebook — Seven years after their first attempt to have sex is interrupted, Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) finally and repeatedly get it on in the mansion that he has painstakingly renovated as a tribute to the love he feared he’d lost forever.
Notorious — Following the conviction of her German father for treason against the U.S., Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) is approached by a government agent, T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant), who asks her to spy on a group of her father’s Nazi friends in Rio de Janeiro. The romance that develops between them definitely skirts the censors.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) — Some like it hot, some like it rough, and some like it hot and rough, like Frank Chambers (Jack Nicholson) and Cora Papadakis (Jessica Lange) in this noir remake. Cora covered in flour and mounting Frank on the kitchen table is what I call a smoking, sizzling, call-the-fire-department sex scene.
The Seven Year Itch — When the wife’s away, hubby (Tom Ewell) strays … especially when Marilyn Monroe lives upstairs. She’s the seductive subletter who tempts Richard Sherman during a Manhattan summer in a sweet and sizzling dalliance.
The Year of Living Dangerously — The heated politics and steamy weather of 1965 Indonesia provide the backdrop for an exotic, quick-burn romance between journalist Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) and Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver), a British diplomat.