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The sexiest scene in film history...?
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 12:01 AM (Pacific)

Blow Up

Blowup was released in 1966. I've never seen the film in its entirety; it was one of those reruns shown over and over again on our three-channels-plus-public-tv-plus-CBN television. (CBN, or Christian Broadcasting Network, was a tinny affair in those days, specializing in Bonanza, Petticoat Junction and the like.)

But I stumbled across a reference to Veruschka somewhere...oh yeah, it was on Youtube, where fruitlessly I sought something along the lines of a good makeup video. The name had a familiar ring, so I looked her up, and discovered this scene.

Apparently Veruschka was not Russian. She was German, and a countess, and the daughter of a man hanged for participating in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. She changed her name from Vera to Veruschka in order to get modelling jobs.

I fully expected this scene to be prim by our modern standard, but it's not. Removing it from its context probably doesn't help; it jumps out at you. Bear in mind that what passed for a swingin' decade likely wasn't--it swung only in comparison to prior decades. What I recall personally from the 1970's (supposedly an even more liberated period) was a lot of talk, with a prevailing 1950's mentality toward sex. So you get the shyness here...all that's missing is him lighting a cigarette after finishing the shoot...but it's nice. It's still nice.

As much as people like to gripe now about a too-thin ideal for women, it was worse before. If she put on ten or fifteen pounds or so, this scene would stand today as among the sexiest scenes in film history.

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