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F**K Reviewed & A Profanisaurus Of Cinema's Best Swearing
David Moats , February 13th, 2009 07:23

F**K, a documentary by the creators of The Aristocrats, mixes puerile humour with provocative questions to mixed results. David Moats puts the film, released this week by the ICA, in the context of the culture wars. Plus: we look at how cinema has best made use of cussin'.



An Old French term originally meaning the child of a nobleman by a woman other than his wife, the word either refers to a child conceived either on horses saddles or in a barn (fil de bast) with the pejorative art added as a Gallic flourish. In Yorkshire up to a century ago a bastard who was so full of bastardry that he was the envy of all the other bastards in the parish, was known as the bastard’s gullion.

Essential use in cinema: Patton
Patton is chock full of memorable lines such as "When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do." But one of the best quotes: "Rommel... you magnificent bastard, I read your book!" - was attributed to the man himself (when he anticipated the maneuvers of his enemy by studying his work). Not only was Patton a surly, foul-mouthed bastard, he believed himself to be the reincarnation of an ancient Roman bastard.