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The most interesting scenes where the actors REALLY had sex

What movies have actors had unsimulated sex in?

Michalina Peruga

14 February 2023

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For many years, sex in the cinema was a taboo subject and there was no question of showing it, even in a simulated version. This began to change with moral changes and the sexual revolution. Since the 1960s, thanks to the porno chic period or the Golden Age of Porn in American cinema from 1969 to 1984, when films full of sex and erotica gained widespread recognition among viewers and critics, it was increasingly possible to watch couples having sex on the screen – from Blue Movie by Andy Warhol  with unsimulated sex scenes, through Deep Throat to the infamous Last Tango in Paris. While it’s not the industry standard, there are more and more movies featuring actors having real sex on screen every year. Here are the most interesting fake sex scenes in the history of cinema.

Murder during intercourse - "In the Realm of the Senses" (1976)


Nagisa Ōshima is one of the co-creators of the Japanese New Wave, known for his films that break the mold. In the Realm of the Senses is based on the true story of a murder in the 1930s, when Sada Abe, a geisha and prostitute, strangled her lover to death before cutting off his genitals and wearing them in a kimono. Sada’s story resonated widely throughout Japan at the time and inspired many creators, including Nagisa Ōshima. In In the Realm of the Senses, he told the story of Sada in his own way, including bold scenes of unsimulated vaginal sex, oral sex and other erotic games. The darkest sex scene is at the end of the movie, when Sada murders her lover. Although today In the Realm of the Senses is considered a bold and original work, it is still censored in the country of origin because of its sex scenes.

Bondage - "Romance" (1999)


From the beginning of her career, director Catherine Breillat has been creating bold cinema that breaks social taboos. Marie (Caroline Ducey) is in a relationship with Paul (Sagamore Stévenin) who refuses to make love to her. So the girl looks for intimacy elsewhere and engages in a sexual relationship with Paolo (Rocco Siffredi), and then with several other men. In the film, we can see numerous vaginal intercourses, masturbation, ejaculation, oral sex, and even bondage sex that Marie has with a much older man. When asked about sex on screen, Breillat replied in an interview with the New York Post: “An actor never pretends. I’m not perverted. I don’t force my actors and actors to do anything more than is necessary. But I’m not pretending. I’m not simulating. The deal was we do whatever it takes, we go as far as the movie takes us.”

The lead actress, Caroline Ducey, was awarded the Étoile d’or de la révélation féminine (Golden Star for Female Acting Discovery) by l’Académie de la presse du cinéma français for her role.

Rape Scene - "Baise-moi" (2000)


The French rape and revenge film Baise-moi (baiser means “fuck” in French, so the literal translation of the film’s title should be “Fuck me”), directed and written by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi, a former porn actress, is certainly one of the most controversial and hard to watch sexual movies. The film opens with a fifteen-minute gang rape sequence – Nadine and Manu are raped by three men. Penetration is unsimulated, making the film freeze the viewer’s blood, creating the impression that all rape is really happening. In addition, Baise-moi does not lack numerous scenes of real sex.

Sex and Rock Concerts - "Nine Songs" (2004)


Michael Winterbottom’s film is basically an ordinary story of a year-long relationship, devoid of major plot twists, but full of unsimulated sex scenes. Matt (Kieran O’Brien), a climate scientist, and Lisa (Margo Stilley), an American student, share a love of live music and rock concerts. So together they go to concerts and … have sex. Vaginal sex, oral sex and ejaculation – Winterbottom’s film has it all, and as O’Brien himself recounted, the director had a precise vision of what his film should look like. So he instructed the actors in detail on how to undress and move, even though their sex was unsimulated.

Oral Sex - "The Brown Bunny" (2003)


Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny is one of the films that received an unfavorable reception at the Cannes festival. Gallo got into a public discussion with film critic Roger Ebert, who during the altercation called The Brown Bunny the worst film in Cannes history (he reportedly changed his mind about the film when he saw the edited version a year later). What made the critics and other viewers so angry? Not only a pretentious narrative, but above all a scene of unsimulated sex. Vincent Gallo himself plays the lead role in a film he directed from his own script. His character, racer Bud Clay, still cannot forget about his great love Daisy (Chloë Sevigny) after parting. Memories of the beloved cannot be erased even by new mistresses. A scene of unsimulated oral sex between Gallo and Sevigny caused great controversy.

Threesome Sex - "Love" (2015)


Gaspar Noé likes to talk about sexuality in his films, and his Love has gone down in the history of cinematic unsimulated sex. Perhaps this is also due to the 3D version of the film, which made the sexual excesses of the characters even more visible on the screen. As the title suggests, Noah’s film is an ode to love, full of passion and passion, including the physical one. It tells the story of Murphy (Karl Glusman) who recalls his intense relationship with Elektra (Aomi Muyock) interrupted by his betrayal. Memories turn into several minutes of sex scenes on the screen, including sex in a threesome. Although many critics have accused Noah of simply making a porno, Love is his warmest and most tender film aside from his most recent Vortex.

Michalina Peruga

Michalina Peruga

Film scholar, art historian and lover of contemporary horror cinema and classic Hollywood cinema, especially film noir and the work of Alfred Hitchcock. In cinema, she loves mixing genres, breaking patterns and looking closely at characters.

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