Thursday, February 01, 2007
How Does One Define Sensuality/Sexuality?
This question played around in my mind last night and throughout today. I was busy with other things, but my thoughts kept returning to this subject.
Last night I was watching "Men in Trees". I enjoy the show as it is light and breezy. There was a scene during last night's episode which reminded me of one of my favourite scenes from a movie. One which I have always considered to be very sensual.
In the movie, "Out of Africa", which, by the way, is one of my all-time favourites (I have the video and I make a point of watching it once a year), Robert Redford washes Meryl Streep's hair. Simple scene, but to me, I find it very sensual. In last night's "Men in Trees", the heroine had her hair washed by the hero. Again, the scene affected me. And again, it was simplicity personified but such tenderness and intimacy was displayed with no overt, unnecessary tearing off of clothes and leaping into bed. Both scenes are very touching and moving.
Another scene from another film that moves me this way is in "The Horse Whisperer", once again starring Robert Redford, when he and Kristin Scott-Thomas are dancing to the song, "A Soft Place To Fall". In the movie, as in the book, there are no sex scenes between the two protagonists. They are not required. My pulse races just from the pure sensuality between the man and the woman. The chemistry between the two leaps out from the screen. One's imagination is a wondrous tool. I have a whole tool shed full of imagination!
I have to mention....I can't help myself....Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn shared similar chemistry in "Roman Holiday", another of my favourite movies and one I have in my video library.
Sensuality, sexuality doesn't have to be two people writhing naked on the big screen to get the message across. I'm not a prude, please don't think I am, but sometimes the understated speaks more loudly than the over-stated.
PS...drawings are by me and they obviously have no bearing on this post, but I felt like posting them!