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Coming Apart (1969) Directed by Milton Moses Ginsberg Imagine, crazy as it sounds, David of David Holzman’s Diary as a middle-aged psychiatrist instead of a young filmmaker, and you sort of get the idea. Exploiting the power of his profession, Joe (Rip Torn) flirts, seduces, and sleeps with a number of women—patients, acquaintances, strangers—in a friend’s cozy Manhattan office. Unbeknownst to them, he secretly films all of his encounters. Coming Apart completely consists of these hidden-camera...
“Sometimes someone comes along and says, oh, but it’s so erotic!” filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven told Brooklyn Magazine in a recent interview about her debut feature, Mustang, which opened in local theaters this past weekend. A film about the systematic lockdown of five longhaired sisters in Turkey, Mustang certainly portrays girlhood with a keen eye towards beauty (the film has drawn comparisons to The Virgin Suicides both for its themes and its gauzy, dream-like visuals),...
The laws of attraction are subjective, in theory, and yet there are some people, films, songs and books that are thought to be universally sexy. Think of Y Tu Mamá También. Think of Nina Simone's voice as she beckons you to "put a little sugar in bowl." Think of Beyoncé doing almost anything. Sure there will always be a few outliers who fail to find what is as close as possible to being empirically sexy...

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