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FM2005 British Film and TV Assignment 2Laura Todd Why has vulgar comedy been critically undervalued and what is its importance to British Film and TV The British sex film has often been blamed for a tidal wave of filth McGillivray p15 1992 within the British film industry whilst simultaneously being one of the most lucrative genres the industry has ever known Indeed David McGillivray notes that the most devastating downswing in British film production coincided with the cessation of the sex film business at the end of the Seventies McGillivray p15 1992 Even though he was involved in the writing of sex films he comments in his book Doing Rude Things that these films were not classical works Other countries may have produced classics of movie erotica Britain hasnt Instead he suggests that their only value was in their role as a social phenomenon The reaction of the British public to the films supports this idea in that although we as a nation are renowned for our prudishness many people flocked to the cinema to view them This was probably out of curiosity initially but this does not a ccount for their continued success Sex was not really talked about in public as many people were still of Mary Whitehouses opinion that the essence of sex is that it is a private personal experience between two people The stubborn British attitude to sex was that it doesnt actually happen In fact the comedienne Victoria Wood tells a gag about a couple having sex on a train completely oblivious to the other passengers in their carriage who steadfastly ignore what is going on underneath their noses After the couple have finished they get up from the floor and proceed to spark up some post coital cigarettes only for an elderly lady to say Excuse me do you mind This is a No Smoking Carriage The only public reference to sex
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