Saturday on the blog means Saturday Double Feature, right? Remember, the basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
I’m going perhaps slightly off the radar this week, sincce there are no big movies opening, and looking at one of the smaller films that, unless you happen to live relatively close to an arthouse-type theater you may not get to see, since most major multiplexes won’t carry movies rated NC-17. Blue Is the Warmest Color has had a lot of controversy surrounding its release, most of it because it deals with the sexual awakening of its main character, and the fact that it supposedly contains some fairly extensive and explicit young lesbian love scenes. Unfortunately I’m not going to get to see the film until tonight, so I can’t really comment on how well these scenes are integrated into the film or how they work within the context of its plot, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go ahead and program am interesting double feature, does it? Here’s the trailer:
So, given all of that, what are we going to pair it up with? Well, how about another movie with “blue” in the title that also dealt largely with the sexual awakening of its protagonists and was also considered rather controversial upon its release? That’s right, I’m talking about The Blue Lagoon, which came out in 1980 and stars Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins
In the case of this movie, a large part of the controversy swirled around the nudity of the then-14-year-old Shields, although most of that was done via body double, and during the parts that weren’t, her long hair was reportedly actually taped to her breasts so that nothing really explicit was shown. Nonetheless, there was enough implied that it certainly raised many hackles at the time.
So, do you have any other ideas for pairing films with Blue Is the Warmest Color? if so, let me know below. And also let me know of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!
- ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ review: a masterpiece (sfgate.com)
- Video: Should “Blue Is the Warmest Color” have been given an NC-17 rating? (cbsnews.com)
- Screening Room: “The Best Man Holiday,” “Blue is the Warmest Color” (fox4kc.com)
- Saturday Double Feature: Ender’s Game (2013) and… (durnmoosemovies.wordpress.com)