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Porn To Do It: Erika Lust's Cinematic Bakers Dozen
Mat Colegate , November 17th, 2015 09:06

Feminist pornographer Erika Lust picks 13 films and TV shows that have influenced her unique approach to the erotic. Slightly NSFW


Quills (Philip Kaufman, 2000)

This is a very naive approach to the world of Marquis the Sade, but it's worth a view. The Marquis (played by Geoffrey Rush) is already in the Charenton asylum, and Kate Winslet plays a laundress who is utterly fascinated by his writings. So fascinated that she helps him smuggle them, which are made with red wine on his bed sheets. Despite the Marquis' attempts they are never sexually involved, it's more of an intellectual affair. I love the scene where another laundress confronts Kate Winslet's character, stating that Sade's writings are so obscene she can't believe someone as "normal" as her can actually enjoy them. She gives an amazing reply: "If I wasn't such a bad woman on the page, I couldn't be such a good woman in life." This is a good one for those who confuse fiction and reality, and ultimately of course a film about the freedom of speech.