If you're a lover of period pieces, lesbian romance films, or just gorgeous cinema, you're likely planning to spend part of this December catching the new Todd Haynes movie Carol , where Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play lovers in sumptuous s New York. But fully appreciating the real depth of the film, at least from a historical perspective, needs a little research first. Carol isn't just a stand-alone piece; it's the latest in a tradition of lesbian cinema across the world , one that has changed and shifted according to societal mores and the history of film itself. And it's certainly not just about Cate Blanchett's cheekbones. Although we could all watch a close-up of those for two hours and consider it money well spent.
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Once upon a time read: the '80s , movie fans could count on the fact that at some point, someone in the movie would randomly drop trou or rip off their shirt for no apparent reason whatsoever. And frankly, it was great. After all, why worry about things like plot or character development when you can have some good old-fashioned gratuitous nudity instead? Nowadays, of course, such moments are rare, usually happening only for comic relief or in grade-Z, video on demand dreck. Thanks to Internet porn, there's kind of no reason for movies to bother, right?