An erotic story about a woman, the assistant of an art gallery, who gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated.
Director Adrian Lyne’s much-talked-about soft-porn but mainstream film was co-produced and co-scripted by Zalman King. The erotic film became a blockbuster hit only after being released to video. Two inferior successors to the original film appeared in 1997 and 1998: Another 9 1/2 Weeks (aka Love in Paris) (1997), and The First 9 1/2 Weeks (1998).
It was the most explicitly sexual big-budget film since Last Tango in Paris (1972). The film was released in two versions: the US R-version and a longer, racier European version.
Shot in sequence, it told of a bizarre romance that included endlessly creative, obsessive, sado-masochistic and experimental ways that two erotic but kinky adventurers-lovers in New York City aroused themselves during foreplay:
John (Mickey Rourke), an enigmatic Wall Street executive
Elizabeth (Kim Basinger who had just recently posed for Playboy), an art gallery assistant
John had Elizabeth play sensual sex games with food in front of a refrigerator, while spoon-feeding her many items (see below). The food was followed by a volley of kisses. [Note: The scene was parodied in Hot Shots! (1991) between Charlie Sheen and Valeria Golina but with vegetables and olives.]
He also asked: “Does this excite you?” and caressed her naked body and nipples with many items to titillate her, with her eyes blindfolded, to the tune of Bryan Ferry’s “Slave to Love.” There were also scenes of kinky and raunchy sex on a dinner table, Elizabeth’s striptease on the outer balcony (to the tune of Joe Cocker’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On”), more sex behind a giant roof-top clock-face and in a rainy brick stairway, and a scene of Elizabeth masturbating while watching art slides.
Another controversial scene included one in which John hired a hooker (Cintia Cruz) to fondle the blindfolded Elizabeth – and then kissed the half-naked prostitute to make her jealous during the threesome, and another scene in which he brandished a whip as Elizabeth crawled across the floor and picked up money.
Director: Adrian Lyne
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