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"Quills" (2000)

Whenever Scoopy and I disagree on a film, it is an event for me. This is one of those films. First for the areas of agreement.

1) The film has merit
2) It is bad history.
3) Geoffrey Rush was brilliant as the Marquis de Sade.
4) The film reinvents a "kinder, gentler" de Sade to make the character more acceptable to the audience.
5) It was obvious that the film was an adaption of a stage play, in that there was not much action, and there was a LOT of dialogue.

Scoopy was unable to relate emotionally to the film, because the character of the real de Sade is so odious to him that he couldn't accept the fictional version in this film. He compares it to romanticizing Hittler. I can completely see his point. A film romanticizing Hittler would leave me cold, no matter how well made, because I have a lot of emotional baggage associated with Adolph. I would have similar problems relating to a film romanticizing Nixon, or McCarthy, or Bill Gates or Ty Domi (for the Hockey impaired, Domi is a thug who can't even skate, and exists simply to hurt people). The difference is that I had no emotional baggage about de Sade. He probably deserves a place of honor on my fecal list, but I watched the film without the same emotional reaction to de Sade that Scoopy did. Scoopy loved the Rush performance, as did I, but was bored by the Winslett character, the Priest (Joaquin Phoenix), and the Doctor's young wife (Amelia Warner).

For me, the film used the character of de Sade Lite as a plot device, and was really more about the question of whether people, witnessing (reading or watching) violent, sexual and deviant material are incited to go out and commit these acts themselves. I was fascinated by the Winslett character, who was the proof that enjoyment of pornography doesn't make you lewd (she died a virgin). I absolutely fell in love with the Amelia Warner character. She is being held in cold storage in a nunnery til the doctor feels the need of a wife. Being sent away from his circle of friends by Napoleon to put a stop to de Sade's writings, he decides it is time for this wife. She is 16, he is more like 60, and he virtually rapes her on their wedding night, then instructs the house staff to keep her locked in so she doesn't lose her virtue. She gets her hands on a de Sade book, in her words "memorizes it" and then, her education complete, looks for a teacher to give her practical lessons. An architect (really more what we would call a decorator) provided by Napoleon fits the bill. In the one image I included, we see her wiping the results of a blow job off her mouth.

There are critics I respect on both sides of this issue, with Berardinelli at 3 1/2 stars and making many of the same points I am trying to, and others calling it highly over-rated. The film has a green tint, which Scoop found distracting and I thought added to the mood of the film. Is Scoopy right or am I? We both are. Watching films, and reviewing them as well, is completely subjective. Now for the grade. Scoopy saw it as a costume drama and biopic, and didn't give it much crossover appeal. This is one of his favored genres. I don't often like the genre, saw it more as a morality play/drama, and think it has a lot of crossover appeal. My grade, B-.

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  • Kate Winslet (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Amelia Warner
  • Rebecca Plamer
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  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    "Sunshine" proved to be a mammoth project. Fifty three hour epic about the entire history of the human race from nomadic hunter-gatherer to Jimmy Carter. Jeez, that isn't much progress for 20,000 years, is it? Even less if you live in Afghanistan. Actually, this film is a three hour saga of Hungary in the first half of the 20th century (until the 1956 revolution), as seen by three generations of a Jewish family trying to assimilate. Ralph Fiennes plays three roles. What would they have done if one of the three was supposed to have a sense of humor? Well, luckily that wasn't the case, so Fiennes got to do his very serious thing.  Most of the nudity was Fiennes flashing his tallywacker a couple times, but here's  .... 

    • Deborah Unger. I'm not sure why, but she dropped the Kara for this movie. She's been Deborah Kara Unger for a long time now. She did a crotch flash without showing her breasts. I think this is the third or fourth movie in which she's done that. Very hot scene in which Fiennes pulls off her drawers and goes down on her in the woods near a tiny train station where they agreed to meet. Deborah looked older than I expected, and it wasn't easy to find a good face shot for my collages. (1, 2)

    NOTE: Rachel Weisz also did a brief topless scene, but between the darkness and the motion blur, I couldn't come up with a capture.

    Graphic Response
  • Robin Wright, topless in a dark scene with hubby, Sean Penn. Vidcaps from "State of Grace" (1990).

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.

  • Lene
    A great collection scans from the UK edition of Arena.

  • Cara Michelle, great breast exposure, and lots o' leg.
  • Audrey Quock, topless, plus stockings and undies.
  • Kylie Bax another topless B&W. A very interesting, and inviting use of body jewelry.
  • Angelica Bridges, #1 is a hot topless scan, #2 is a hot thong scan. (1, 2)
  • Mitzi Martin, also topless with stockings.
  • Charlotte Dodds, non-nude, but I think she is wearing J-Lo's next Awards Show dress.

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    Fay Masterson
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Large collages (360k or so) of the red-headed actress topless, and gettin' it on in scenes from "Sorted" (2000).

    Big 'Caps
    These are single frames from various DVD's that have been enlarged for your nudity viewing pleasure. Despite the larger size, the file sizes average around 65k.

    Keeley Hawes
    (1, 2, 3)

    Watty captured the young actress giving up the goods in the UK film "Complicity" (2000). #1 and #2 are topless, #3 shows full frontal nudity.

    Dame Elizabeth Berkley In the immortal cinema classic "Showgirls".
    Anne Heche
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Excellent topless views of Anne in "The Juror".

    Ashley Judd A brief nipple view in a love scene from "Double Jeopardy". I caught this on cable the other day...a decent flick with great actors, but a few too many errors in the plot for my liking. They often mention legal stuff, and even though I am not a lawyer I've seen enough "Law and Order" to know they made some mistakes in that department. Plus there are a few silly things too. Like when Ashley jumps ship in the middle of Puget Sound and swims a mile or so to shore in just a couple of minutes. Not only is she a fast swimmer, but that water isn't exactly room temperature.

    Erika Eleniak An old favorite...Erika and her Mega-Robo-Hooters in "Under Siege" (1992).

    Continued coverage of the Obscure Canadian Actress Series. Comments also by Spaz:

    Carolyn Goff Showing her breasts and bum in the "The Ride" (2000)- a television pilot shown exclusively on Showcase in Canada.

    Janet-Laine Green Another Canadian actress who is still acting today. Here she is topless with her lower frontal area covered up with seafood, from the movie "Love" (1982).

    Megan Leitch Known to many as Mulder's sister Samantha on the X-Files. Here she is topless in "Dead Man's Gun" (1997), a western anthology television series produced by Henry "The Fonz" Winkler. Filmed in British Columbia and shown on Showcase [Canada] and Showtime [us]. There was some nudity in the first season (usually by a Canadian actress) but that was dropped by the second season.

    Suki Kaiser Also topless in "Dead Man's Gun".

    Susan Hamann An obscure Canadian actress in an even more obscure Canadian movie...1992's "No Angel".

    From the not quite as obscure Canadian Actress series...

    The Sci-Fi series "Lexx" is shown on Space in Canada (uncut) and PG rated on the Sci-Fi Channel in the States. Concurrent episodes "Gametown" and "Boomtown" featured Canadian actresses Patricia Zentilli, Janaya Stephens, Roberta Sammutt, Mika Ward and a showed a lot of nudity. The only actress that stands out here is Janaya who played the virginal Marie Osmond in a recent television movie about the Osmond family.

    All pics are topless only.

  • Patricia Zentilli: episode Gametown
  • Janaya Stephens: episode Boomtown
  • Robyn Palmer: episode Boomtown
  • Roberta Sammutt: episode Boomtown
  • Mika Ward: episode Boomtown
  • Janaya, Robyn, Roberta, Mika, and unidentified woman gangbanging Stanley Tweedle. The horror!

    From the Miscellaneous actress series....Vidcaps from "Queer as Folk" (2000)

    The North American remake of the wildly popular UK television series. Filmed in Toronto and shown on Showcase [Canada] and Showtime [US]. The female nudity on the show is mainly shown by the lesbian couple played by Canadian actress Thea Gill and American actress Michelle Clunie. Thea is the lipstick lesbian while Michelle is the butch (but still damn attractive!). Canadian guest star Angela Asher also has a brief nude appearance.

  • Michelle Clunie: full frontal nudity.
  • Thea Gill: topless in a love scene with Clunie.
  • Angela Asher: brief breast exposure also from a love scene with Clunie.

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