Friday, April 16, 2010
I was perusing the internet looking for..... well, I'm not sure what I was looking for but I found this.
The "Certificate X - Adults Only" label immediately caught my eye. And I found myself thinking through the entire play trying to figure out what could have possibly been x-rated. I'm still trying to figure that out.
Well...it WAS the 50's and there was only ONE (oh my God!) bed in the bedroom for a married couple. And of course we ALL know that married people slept in twin beds because we watched I Love Lucy for years and we saw it for ourselves - that set for Tennessee Williams' Cat wasn't fooling anybody.
Looking further, I found these interesting stats on Wikipedia:
Clockwork Orange (1971) originally received an "X" rating for its nudity and graphic violent sex scenes. Today, many critics recognize it as one of Stanley Kubrick's most important films. The uncut version of the film has been released on DVD with an "R" rating.
Midnight Cowboy (1969) is the only X-rated film ever to win the Academy Aware for Best Picture. At the time the X-rating did not have the stigma it later took on.
(It seems that with the rising ...er...popularity...of...er...pornography, the X-rating took on a whole new connotation and, today, it is synonymous - almost exclusively - with porn films....unfortunately.)
Somehow we've lost something. Innocence? No....I don't think we were ever actually innocent. But we were more modest (ok, uptight if you must) and much better mannered. Why, shucks, you only have to watch a WWII film to know that. Even our soldiers and sailors only said "gosh darn" and "dang it."
And the women were sexy and glamorous even with most of their bodies covered up:
Oooo Lauren! You were something.
And another of my faves:
Ahhh...where has glamour gone?
Here is what we get today:
Excuse me? Can someone loan this poor girl a comb?
Talk about should have been X-rated....