Tuesday, August 05, 2008

TV erotica

Modern hypersexualized society has lost sight of what's really erotic.

I first saw this episode only recently, with a young friend who is a huge I Love Lucy fan and had just bought a DVD collection. When Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz launched into the drum scene in this clip, I nearly choked. "I can't believe they're showing something that erotic on 1950's TV!" I exclaimed.

My friend said, "Erotic?"

I pointed to the screen -- "Are you kidding? They're practically getting it on!"

She didn't quite believe me until Lucy cried out, "What did we say?! What did we say?!" and Desi told her, "Not here, please."

Hollywood has forgotten how to capture eros. We've brought up a generation that can't recognize it. And that's a sad loss, I think.

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