Groundbreaking Films Promoting Sexual Freedom

Written by Mark Rausch

Blue Velvet (1986)

What a year for erotic cinema. David Lynch’s Oscar-nominated film made “9 1/2 Weeks” seem like a Jane Austen romp. A young man’s discovery of a severed ear leads him into the seedy and violent underworld of his small town, where he meets a troubled nightclub singer named Dorothy (Isabella Rosselini). Dennis Hopper plays Frank, a sadistic lunatic who conditions Dorothy into hungering for sex and violence together. It’s hard to watch. Lynch is a weirdo, but the feeling when walking away is unforgettable, leading many to say he’s a master of the art form. His film, “Mulholland Drive,” is considered one of cinema’s greatest.