Man at His Best

Why Movie Sex Scenes Have Looked The Same For Decades

Not much has changed in 80 years. ​

BY Sarah Rense | Aug 31, 2016 | Sex & Relationships

Go ahead, think about it.

As the Film Theorists explain in their most recent video, Hollywood has been using the same tricks since its very first sex scene—from the silent film Ecstasy in 1933—to film love making. The main trick is close-ups.

The term "male gaze," first used by feminist film critics in the '70s, refers to theory that most movies take on the point of view of a heterosexual male, who wants to see the female body up close and personal. Thus, we get the shots of a woman's eyes, breasts, knees, thighs—but far fewer shots of her entire body.

When the close-up shifts its focus to faces, that cues the viewer to take in the emotional toll of the scene rather than the strictly physical aesthetic, like Dirk Diggler's first porno scene in Boogie Nights.

All said, it's a formulaic approach to sex scenes, and one that explains why all the scenes in this video kind of blend together. Besides a few truly insane sex scenes (and a few from little seen indies), it's about time for serious ingenuity out of Hollywood.

From: Esquire US.