Sign In. Edit A History of Violence Showing all 33 items. For the sex scene on the stairs, David Cronenberg was concerned about the two actors getting hurt on the hard wooden steps. He asked his stunt man whether or not he had any stunt pads to soften up the stairs. The stunt man laughed, saying that in the twenty years he had been working as a stunt man, no director had ever asked him for stunt pads for a sex scene.
A few generalities can be made about this concurrence. I would not go as far as saying that these directors are treading artistic water, but that none of the films represent a major breakthrough in terms of style or theme for the respective director. With Broken Flowers Jim Jarmusch delivers a spruced up with bigger name cast version of his usual deadpan humor and stately visual style.
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Marriage can do terrible damage to the libido for the less imaginative of couples. The humdrum of life subtly taking over, missionary being the only option on the menu, or perhaps the kinkier of couples introducing a new friend, rubber or otherwise to their sex play. Forget your two position sexcapade, or schoolgirl fantasy. All you need here is a significant other with a checkered past and there you have it: sex just got interesting. We have two very contrasting sex scenes in this film. The first, a very loving moment between husband and wife which provides some context later.
Cronenberg's dedication to his art is impressive, but of course the entire story, quotes and all, was apocryphal. I checked. Even so, it is a testament to his vision as well as his film's visceral intensity that this fabrication didn't seem totally off the wall. As the mad genius behind freakouts like "Videodrome" and "Naked Lunch," dispatches from the id laden with protuberances, gasping orifices and all manner of goo, Mr. Cronenberg has fashioned some of the more squirmingly repellent sexualized imagery in cinema. If the gross-out factor is comparatively modest in "A History of Violence" it is largely because the director has brilliantly complicated the divide between sex and violence, presenting these two seemingly separate realms as locked in hungry embrace.