“Sleeping with Strangers” How the Movies Shaped Desire” by David Thomson— Sexuality in the Movies

Thomson, David. “Sleeping with Strangers” How the Movies Shaped Desire”, Penguin Random House, 2019. Sexuality in the Movies Amos Lassen
In “Sleeping with Strangers”, writer David Thomson bring together criticism, his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, and memoir, to show how film has found the fault lines in traditional masculinity and looks at a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be a person desiring others. His study ranges from “advertising to pornography, Rudolph Valentino to Moonlight, Rock Hudson to Call Me By Your Name, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant to Phantom Thread”. Thomson shows us how to look at art and the artists under a new light. He sees film as art, entertainment, and business and he makes us see how the way we watch our movies is a kind of training for how we try to live. Some of you might be surprised at the candor with which he writes but he is dealing with a topic that is erotic and needs to be seen that way. This is “a beautiful, mysterious book, both learned and wickedly entertaining. It is an intimate, passionate interrogation (and celebration) of how cinema has shaped our erotic imaginations and, ultimately, both our secret and public expressions of desire.” 

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