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Sex

These two enduring bedfellows – sex and the cinema – have long been noted for their close associations (darkened rooms and all that).

Despite the accessibility of erotica, audiences still seek out the more substantial approaches to sex that only narrative cinema can offer. Here you’ll find the full array, from Sixties-era cautionary tales to incisive art films that scrutinise the theme of sexual obsession.

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View Anatomy of a Pin-up
Anatomy of a Pin-up

Anatomy of a Pin-up 1971 15

This documentary explores attitudes to nude modelling in Britain - models, photographers and members of the public express their opinions.

31 mins United Kingdom Director. David Cohen

View Bad Timing
Bad Timing
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Bad Timing 1980 18

Nic Roeg's complex, elusive cult classic is a Vienna-set tale of all consuming passion, starring Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell and Harvey Keitel.

122 mins Director. Nicolas Roeg

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Caught Looking

Caught Looking 1991 18

Years before Grindr, a gay man turns to virtual reality to satisfy his sexual fantasies in this strangely prophetic short film.

35 mins United Kingdom Director. Constantine Giannaris

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Central Bazaar

Central Bazaar 1976 18

Five strangers explore their fantasies over a period of five days in Stephen Dwoskin's remarkable experimental film.

156 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Dwoskin

View Eden and After
Eden and After

Eden and After 1969 18

Alain Robbe-Grillet’s sensual fantasy follows a group of students who enter a bizarre sado-masochistic realm after taking a mysterious drug.

98 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

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Fascination

Fascination 1979 18

Jean Rollin’s best-known film is the most full-blooded of his vampire tales, teeming with sex and lavishly filmed gore scenes

81 mins France Director. Jean Rollin

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Immoral Tales
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Immoral Tales 1974 18

Walerian Borowczyk presents four stories of sexual taboos throughout the ages, in his highly controversial classic of 1970s erotic cinema.

103 mins France Director. Walerian Borowczyk

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Interior. Leather Bar.

Interior. Leather Bar. 2013 18

James Franco and Travis Mathews recreate explicit footage cut, rumoured to be lost, from the William Friedkin classic Cruising.

60 mins USA Director. James Franco, Travis Mathews

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Kelly + Victor
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Kelly + Victor 2012 18

In modern Liverpool, a couple meet and begin a transgressive, sexually charged affair set against a background of crime and encroaching danger.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Kieran Evans

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King of Escape
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King of Escape 2009 18

A film about tractors, aphrodisiacs and forbidden love from Alain Guiraudie, the Cannes award-winning director of Stranger by the Lake.

93 mins France Director. Alain Guiraudie

View The Lickerish Quartet
The Lickerish Quartet
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The Lickerish Quartet 1970 18

A decadent couple and their son invite a circus stunt-woman back to their castle for an evening of erotic games, role-play and revelations.

90 mins Italy Director. Radley Metzger

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Maitresse

Maitresse 1976 18

Gerard Depardieu plays the young innocent who falls for the mysterious maitresse Ariane (Bulle Ogier), a leather clad dominatrix, in Barbet Schroeder’s controversial film.

112 mins France Director. Barbet Schroeder

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More

More 1969 18

The first feature by Barbet Schroeder (Maîtresse, The Valley), More created a sensation when it was released in 1969, quickly becoming a cult classic and famed for its Pink Floyd soundtrack.

118 mins Luxembourg Director. Barbet Schroeder

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Nighthawks
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Nighthawks 1978 15

A schoolteacher juggles everyday life with nights spent cruising for Mr Right in this fascinating landmark in British gay cinema.

United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

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Nighthawks II: Strip Jack Naked

Nighthawks II: Strip Jack Naked 1991 18

Ron Peck’s experimental follow up to the groundbreaking Nighthawks is both a making-of documentary and a deeply personal film memoir.

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

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The Nude Vampire

The Nude Vampire 1969 18

Jean Rollin’s second vampire film is a mesmerisingly surreal art-horror, short on logic but steeped in gorgeously sensual imagery.

84 mins France Director. Jean Rollin

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Prostitute

Prostitute 1980 18

Explicit and controversial drama. An ambitious working girl moves to London hoping to securing wealthier patrons, while her social worker friend fights to change antiquated prostitution laws.

United Kingdom Director. Tony Garnett

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Red Road

Red Road 2006 18

Andrea Arnold’s highly acclaimed film, winner of top prizes at Cannes and the BFI London Film Festival, is a haunting drama about a woman confronting past demons.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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Strip

Strip 1966 15

Documentary about the lives of the women who work at a striptease club called The Phoenix on Old Compton Street, in the heart of Soho in the swinging sixties.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Defina, Peter Davis, Staffan Lamm

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Successive Slidings of Pleasure

Successive Slidings of Pleasure 1974 18

Alain Robbe-Grillet’s serpentine erotic mystery presented as a surreal investigation into a woman with feared sexual powers.

102 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

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Trans-Europ-Express
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Trans-Europ-Express 1966 15

This stylish, cult 1966 erotic thriller stars French New Wave icons Jean-Louis Trintigant and Marie-France Pisier.

105 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

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Twinky

Twinky 1969 12

Richard Donner directs this unlikely romance between a 38-year-old writer of erotic novels (Charles Bronson) and a 16-year-old schoolgirl played by Susan George. After marrying and absconding to Scotland, the pair finds it hard to adjust to life together.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Donner

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Visions of Ecstasy

Visions of Ecstasy 1989 18

Nigel Wingrove's experimental depiction of the erotic imaginings of the 16th Century Carmelite nun remains the only film ever to banned under Britain's blasphemy laws.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Nigel Wingrove

View What Can I Do with a Male Nude?
What Can I Do with a Male Nude?

What Can I Do with a Male Nude? 1985 15

Ron Peck tests the thin line between pornography and art with his amusing rumination on the difficulties of showing the naked male form.

United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

View Woman of the Dunes
Woman of the Dunes

Woman of the Dunes 1964 15

Hiroshi Teshigahara's mystifying, serene and provocative fable about an entomologist who becomes trapped in a young widow’s desert shack.

141 mins Japan Director. Hiroshi Teshigahara

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