2/28/14

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CLAUDIA CARDINALE'S BED

Here is one of the most undeniably erotic scenes ever filmed. Henry Fonda and Claudia Cardinale in  Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In The West". The set-up is beyond kinky: Fonda has killed Cardinale's husband and is now seducing her with her permission--though is it because she wants to prevent being killed herself? Or is there some true erotic value in doing the person who violates the natural order of your life? (Think Nicole Kidman suddenly seducing the maniac who has taken over her and her husband's boat in "Dead Calm"--which maybe I'll post tomorrow). But what really puts it over is the incredibly intimate, utterly realistic passion Fonda and Cardinale seem to have for each other. I've directed sex scenes before--actually you don't really "direct" them, you sort of set them in motion--and I still have no clue as to how actors get through this stuff without either A) wanting to vomit or B) wanting to do each other. Jesus. Actors. I love them...but I can't say I understand them.



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