The story of Nola Darling’s simultaneous sexual relationships with three different men is told by her and by her partners and other friends. All three men wanted her to commit solely to them; Nola resists being “owned” by a single partner.
Writer/director Spike Lee’s R-rated, Rashomon-like comedy/drama, a low-budget independent film, was his first feature-length film – a black and white feminist comedy – with abundant female sexuality and nudity.
The breakout film, a “seriously sexy comedy,” was revolutionary when it first screened at the Cannes Film Festival for its portrayal of a black woman as sexually-liberated, self-assured and free-thinking, who was juggling three sex partners:
Jamie Overstreet (Tommy Redmond Hicks)
Greer Childs (John Canada Terrell), a self-obsessed model
Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee), a bicycle messenger
It starred Tracy Camilla Johns (in her debut film) as successful African-American Nola Darling, a good-looking, independent-minded Brooklyn graphic artist who was engaged in a love triangle. The most memorable sexual encounter was early in the film when she had sex by candlelight with one of her beaux.
She simultaneously handled three disparate male lovers, who each wanted her commitment despite her resistance to belonging to one man (“I’m not a one-man woman. Bottom line”). One of her suitors eventually demanded: “Whose pussy is this?”
Director: Spike Lee
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