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The Motion Picture Production Code and US law restricted real, unsimulated sex in movies until the 1960s, when mainstream cinemas began pushing boundaries in terms of what was presented on screen. Though most sex acts depicted in movies are simulated, sometimes actors actually perform the real sex acts. According to Wikipedia, “the difference between these films and pornography is that, while such scenes might be considered erotic, the intent of these films is not solely pornographic.”
Here are 23 notable real sex scenes that left many a movie-goer’s glasses steamed over.
The Brown Bunny (2003)
This film was notable because it featured a real sex act by a major Hollywood star. Chloë Sevigny’s character performs oral sex on real-life boyfriend Vincent Gallo, which caused an absolute uproar. She later told Playboy that she experienced “a lot of emotions [about the scene]. I’ll probably have to go to therapy at some point.“
Film critic Roger Ebert called The Brown Bunny the worst film in the history of Cannes, although after viewing a re-edited version of the film later gave the film his signature “thumbs up.”
Nothing is left to the imagination in director Gaspar Noé’s new film, which is remarkable for being released in 3-D.
One reviewer, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, wrote that “There’s a difference between being naked before an audience and showing them your d*ck, and Noé does the latter—very literally, in close-up and 3-D.”
Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song (1971)
Decades after the film premiered, star Melvin Van Peebles confessed that not only did he have real sex in the groundbreaking blaxploitation film, he contracted gonorrhea during filming. Yikes!
Even more disturbing, the film’s opening scene depicts 13-year-old Sweetback, played by Van Peebles’ son Mario, losing his virginity. Mario later said that he was forced to take part in the scene by his father, who simply wanted to complete his film.
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