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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Basic Instinct

ISBN 9780230336926
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Controversies

In the first in-depth study of Basic Instinct (1992), one of the earliest mainstream erotic thrillers, Stevie Simkin addresses the controversy around the film's sexual content (particularly the notorious interrogation scene) and its allegedly homophobic and misogynistic depiction of lesbian and female characters.

STEVIE SIMKIN is Reader in Drama and Film at the University of Winchester, UK. He is the author of, amongst other works, A Preface to Marlowe (1999), Revenge Tragedy: A New Casebook (2001), Early Modern Tragedy and the Cinema of Violence (2005), and, also in the Controversies series, a book on Peckinpah's Straw Dogs.

Contents
PART I: MAKING BASIC INSTINCT
From Love Hurts to Basic Instinct: Joe Eszterhas
Casting Catherine 'What Exactly Did You Have in Mind?'
Shooting the Sex Scenes …
'We Live Happily Ever After?'
PART II: PROTESTING BASIC INSTINCT
Production and Protests: the Context
Protesting Basic Instinct
Summit Meeting
'Political Correctness' and Free Speech Basic Instinct and Homophobia Disruption on Location
PART III: CENSORING BASIC INSTINCT
Certificates and Ratings
Basic Instinct at the MPAA
Close Analysis: The Scenes Cut at CARA's Request
Basic Instinct at the BBFC
Media Effects?
PART IV: REVIEWING BASIC INSTINCT
Opening and Reception
US Press Reaction
Basic Instinct and the UK Press
Conclusion
PART V: READING BASIC INSTINCT
Back to the Future
Basic Instinct and the Violent Woman
Basic Instinct as Postmodern Neo-Noir
Catherine and the Femme Fatale Archetype: the Threat to Patriarchy
The Interrogation Scene
Beth: the Domesticated Female
Basic Instinct's Viewing Pleasures
'Just an Old City Cowboy'
PART VI: THE LEGACY OF BASIC INSTINCT
Box Office Risk Addiction
The Enduring Myth of the Lethal Woman

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