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jebert
01-17-2007, 10:24 PM
Those late night porn segments on Cinemax show naked bodies in various positions, ostensibly having sex. Neither male genitalia, oral-genital contact, actual penetration, or "money shots" are ever shown, unlike much other hard core stuff. Although the action is convincing in many cases, I suppose that it would be easy enough just to go through the motions.

So, are these people actually having sex or just faking it?

Bryan Ekers
01-17-2007, 10:37 PM
Given the long delays and endless repetition from multiple camera angles typical of film production with at least a minimal effort at technical quality, I'd say faking for a scene is less fatiguing and more practical than trying to make it real (and just exaggerating the reactions).

Tristan
01-17-2007, 10:40 PM
I remember seeing a while back, on the Playboy channel, that occasionally there will be two shots made of a sex scene, if it is intended to be shown on PB or your cable channels.

It may very well be real sex, with clever shooting to obscure the "Hard Core".

However......

On more than one occasion, I have scene a poorly shot movie that showed the occasional glimpse of flaccid weiner in the middle of the "sex" scene.

Evil Captor
01-17-2007, 10:58 PM
Those late night porn segments on Cinemax show naked bodies in various positions, ostensibly having sex. Neither male genitalia, oral-genital contact, actual penetration, or "money shots" are ever shown, unlike much other hard core stuff. Although the action is convincing in many cases, I suppose that it would be easy enough just to go through the motions.

So, are these people actually having sex or just faking it?

For the sex to be real, the guy has to pretty much be able to get it up on command and keep it up during filming. Guys like that are rare, especially guys who have extra large penises. That's why hardcore XXX actors are sometimes so ... mediocre as far as their facial beauty and figures go. Think Ron Jeremy.

So, no, its not the real thing in most cases, that way you can use actors who can speak lines and stuff. Just about any actor can grind against an actress and make it look convincing. No erection needed. Also, less problem with STDs and such. So, all sorts of reasons not to do the real thing, very few reasons to.

That said, a couple of former hardcore actors and several former hardcore actresses are doing softcore nowadays. For example, "Bikini Chaingang" now airing on Skinamax, and "Genie on A G-String" on Skinamax not too long ago, feature hardcore actor Evan Stone and hardcore actress Nicole Sheridan. I still don't think theyr'e doing it for real ... just taking advantage of a chance to do a softcore gig or two.

I don't have any DEFINITIVE knowledge on this topic, but I've never heard anyone complain that softcore actors do hardcore deeds for softcore films, and the logic seems sound. Then again, Chloe Sevigny gave a real blowjob in "Brown Bunny" so ... might be some exceptions.

Omniscient
01-17-2007, 11:58 PM
Lemme put it this way, sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't.

1) You will often see a softcore version of a hardcore movie aired on Skinemax. As noted above, this is usually just a true hardcore movie with a secondary set of camera angles that take care, along with some editing and cropping, to avoid showing too much in the way of genitals and penetration. In this case, yes the sex is as real as can be expected from a hardcore porn.

2) Other movies are made with actors who never have and never would participate in hardcore porn. These movies, often starring ex-Playmates and B-list actors, are made for the sole purpose of video rental stores and cable broadcast. As a result the sex is entirely artificial. Unfortunately they take this so far as to simulate sex with underwear still on sometimes. :confused:

3) A new breed of Skinemax movies starring almost exclusively former and current hardcore porn stars. These movies don't have a hardcore version and as a result most of the sex is simulated, but I suppose in many cases it might become "real" for certain shots or angles in order to improve the appearance. Considering they are dealing with actual porn stars, it's fair to guess that if you need to hide a cock for a shot they wouldn't oppose doing it in the most obvious way....

Exapno Mapcase
01-18-2007, 12:04 AM
Remember that in a real movie, as opposed to porn, a single sexy scene can take a day or more to shoot. Retakes, relighting, different camera angles, close-ups, medium shots, distant shots, flubbed lines, technical glitches, lights ruining makeup, repositioning the camera so that genitals are never seen. Moviemaking might take an hour for every minute on film. And that's a really fast, low-budget production. Big budget features can go lower than 10 seconds/hour.

So the chances that the sex scenes are real are somewhere below zero.

Fern Forest
01-18-2007, 01:03 AM
Then again, Chloe Sevigny gave a real blowjob in "Brown Bunny" so ... might be some exceptions.
Or 9 Songs where all the sex was real, explicit and even had a cum shot.

Just because a film averages out to less then 10 s/h doesn't mean that all moments in the film are like that. I wouldn't use that to rule the possibility out. Rather I'd have to say that I imagine nearly all, even low level, actors and actresses would view that as demeaning. Although that didn't stop Kieran O'Brien.

Exapno Mapcase
01-18-2007, 02:01 PM
You can't compare the odd arthouse film with a slick made-for-cable sexploitation film. Cinemax films are all about the surface appearance of simulating sex, the play of naked bodies on one another. That calls for an entirely different mode of filmmaking than a one-take, low-fi blowjob.

And you also can't compare a film in which the entire point is to shock the audience by including real sex with a film that will never show the sex at all, or even show the genitals at all.

To get the glossy look of sex in a skimamax film takes time. You can't film it in real time and you wouldn't want to. And I bet any hint that real sex took place on a non-porno shoot for one of those films would have huge consequences for all involved. Cable isn't arthouse and cable isn't porn.

This discussion has been going on for decades. (Did they really? I bet they did!) There's never been an authenticated case of real sex during a fake shoot. They're two different worlds.

Dan Norder
01-18-2007, 02:53 PM
I've got some related questions that might fit with this thread:

In some of the same shows referenced above, some of the females have breasts the size of Cadillacs. Are those real or fake?

On lots of other movies on Cimemax characters get killed in some way. Is that real or simulated?

What about when, say, aliens or robots or dragons or whatever are moving around on the screen... Did they cook that up with special effects somehow, or are those actually real?

And when the movie ends and those words scroll up the screen, is the actual surface of the television moving upwards? What happens when it gets to the end of a roll? Is that what the whole "Please be kind, rewind" phrase I've heard here and there refers to?

Tristan
01-18-2007, 08:16 PM
I've got some related questions that might fit with this thread:

In some of the same shows referenced above, some of the females have breasts the size of Cadillacs. Are those real or fake?

On lots of other movies on Cimemax characters get killed in some way. Is that real or simulated?

What about when, say, aliens or robots or dragons or whatever are moving around on the screen... Did they cook that up with special effects somehow, or are those actually real?

And when the movie ends and those words scroll up the screen, is the actual surface of the television moving upwards? What happens when it gets to the end of a roll? Is that what the whole "Please be kind, rewind" phrase I've heard here and there refers to?

Not quire sure what the snarkiness there is for.

Although, just in case you really were wondering...

They might be, but probably not.
Simulated.
Special Effects, usually.
No, nothing, not at all.

Dan Norder
01-20-2007, 10:07 PM
Not quire sure what the snarkiness there is for.

:smack:

Because it's The Straight Dope boards, and the Straight Dope column certainly encourages lighthearted teasing and snarkiness as appropriate responses to silly questions.

astro
01-20-2007, 10:21 PM
I don't have any DEFINITIVE knowledge on this topic, but I've never heard anyone complain that softcore actors do hardcore deeds for softcore films, and the logic seems sound. Then again, Chloe Sevigny gave a real blowjob in "Brown Bunny" so ... might be some exceptions.

I think the "reality" of that scene is still open to question. IIRC there was a lot of discussion that an elaborately crafted fake penis was used.

Here is a purported list of mainstream films with unstimulated sex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mainstream_movies_with_unsimulated_sex)

Evil Captor
01-20-2007, 11:20 PM
I think the "reality" of that scene is still open to question. IIRC there was a lot of discussion that an elaborately crafted fake penis was used.

Here is a purported list of mainstream films with unstimulated sex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mainstream_movies_with_unsimulated_sex)

The Wiki article on the Brown Bunny cited a quote from the Guardian in which Sevigny clearly implies it was the real thing. Unless you have something more substantive, I think we gotta go with that.

Evil Captor
01-20-2007, 11:24 PM
:smack:

Because it's The Straight Dope boards, and the Straight Dope column certainly encourages lighthearted teasing and snarkiness as appropriate responses to silly questions.

I didn't think it was all that silly. Some Skinamax films have very convincing sex scenes, others, not so much. Well, many others, not so much. Still, if you just happened to sample half a dozen of the "right" films, you might think that the sex could be real.

Exapno Mapcase
01-20-2007, 11:58 PM
Still, if you just happened to sample half a dozen of the "right" films, you might think that the sex could be real.
Jeff Foxworthy's next smash album, You Might Be an Idiot if...

If you think the sex scenes in a Cinemax movie are real, you might be an idiot!

It's good for the filmmakers and those who show the movie if this perception is left in some unsophisticated minds. That doesn't go even an inch toward making it true.

FWIW, none of the movies on that Wiki page are of the Skinamax variety that are being discussed here.

Voyager
01-21-2007, 12:43 AM
Here is a purported list of mainstream films with unstimulated sex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mainstream_movies_with_unsimulated_sex)

I only saw a list of movies with unsimulated sex in that link. I suspect scenes of unstimulated sex involve the woman counting the tiles on the ceiling. I think some early Woody Allen movies qualify. :)

OpalCat
01-21-2007, 01:29 AM
*sigh*
As has been mentioned, often the T&A movies on late night pay cable (such as Cinemax) are softcore edits of porn movies of which there is another, more explicit version. In those cases the sex IS real. Doesn't make anyone an idiot.

Stranger On A Train
01-21-2007, 02:00 AM
Just because a film averages out to less then 10 s/h doesn't mean that all moments in the film are like that. I wouldn't use that to rule the possibility out. Rather I'd have to say that I imagine nearly all, even low level, actors and actresses would view that as demeaning. Although that didn't stop Kieran O'Brien.Barbara Hershey and David Carradine both claim that the sex scene in Boxcar Bertha (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068309/) was unsimulated. Not Scorsese's finest hour, and not worth the time, much less the rental fee, to watch it, though.

Stranger

Exapno Mapcase
01-21-2007, 02:01 AM
Could you name some examples?

I couldn't find anything on the Cinemax schedule that wasn't softcore from the beginning. I've seen r-rated versions of x-rated films and you can't confuse them with what's listed on Cinemax.

OpalCat
01-21-2007, 02:19 AM
I can't, no, and I don't typically watch that kind of stuff nor do I currently get any pay channels. I do remember once a long time ago laughing uproariously late at night at a movie on one of the pay channels that was so haphazardly edited that we could only assume it was originally a much more hardcore film that had been cut down considerably. (Couple makes out for a while, moves it to the next level, then there are a couple of disjointed shots of someone's back and it cuts to another scene completely--that kind of thing)

Fern Forest
01-21-2007, 03:00 AM
It's the kind of stuff that star former Playboy Playmates like Carrie Westcott (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Westcott). Basically any movie without Playboy in the title in her list would qualify.

Fern Forest
01-21-2007, 03:01 AM
Nevermind, now I see you're asking a different question.

Evil Captor
01-21-2007, 04:09 AM
Barbara Hershey and David Carradine both claim that the sex scene in Boxcar Bertha (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068309/) was unsimulated. Not Scorsese's finest hour, and not worth the time, much less the rental fee, to watch it, though.

Stranger

Boxcar Bertha was in heavy rotation on one of the premium channels a year or so ago and I saw the sex scene in question, and there's not a hell of a lot to it ... it barely lasts three seconds onscreen and not a lot of flesh is shown except for one nice shot of Barbara Hershey's backside. If they did the real thing, it's hard to imagine why they bothered, except for their own pleasure. Either that or a hell of a lot was left on the cutting room floor by Scorsese.

C K Dexter Haven
01-21-2007, 09:35 AM
OK, look folks, there have been threads on the topic of personal insults vs group insults before. Please go to Rules for Posting at the Straight Dope Message Boards (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=384736) and especially note Post #10. I'm specifically referring to: And please note the difference between an insult directed against a person and an insult against a large group.
ACCEPTABLE: "Anyone who likes the music of Enema is soulless and lacks taste in music."
NOT ACCEPTABLE: "You like Enema's music? Then you're soulless and have no taste in music." The question of when something is a "group insult" and when it's a "personal insult" depends on context. If Poster A says, "I love Enema's music" and Poster B then posts, "Anyone who loves Enema's music is an idiot," then it's a personal insult (not acceptable) even though it's disguised as an insult against a group (acceptable.)

Exapno: Your comment about "you might be an idiot if you think X" comes right after someone saying, "One could easily think X." In this context, it's pretty clearly a personal insult. At best, I think, you'd argue that you were putting one toe over the line to test the waters. I really do NOT want to have to expand the rules or explanations to cover this. We've got enough, I think, already; but when people go out of their way to exploit the rules, then we sometimes need to add new explanations.

Please, cool it.

Evil Captor
01-21-2007, 12:40 PM
I can't, no, and I don't typically watch that kind of stuff nor do I currently get any pay channels. I do remember once a long time ago laughing uproariously late at night at a movie on one of the pay channels that was so haphazardly edited that we could only assume it was originally a much more hardcore film that had been cut down considerably. (Couple makes out for a while, moves it to the next level, then there are a couple of disjointed shots of someone's back and it cuts to another scene completely--that kind of thing)

OK, I think I can clear this up. A few years ago ... somewhere between five and ten, maybe ... the Spice Channel and others which are now pure-D hardcore XXX stuff were what OpalCat describes used to be bowdlerized. No images of body parts bening penetrated. Or being erect. Or being spread. They cut XXX films down to something pretty much like OpalCat describes.

I don't recall any of the premium channels like Cinemax and HBO and Showtime and the Movie Channel ever running movies of that sort. Their stuff has always been softcore, not hardcore. I'll bet that's what Exapno is thinking of.

A lot of the softcore films on the premium channels have had laughably bad sex scenes, most often because the scenes have been weird slow-motion things. Not that the camera work has been slo-mo, the actors have moved in slo-mo, generally artfully arranging themselves as they did so. Or the guys would clearly be humping portions of the women's bodies that didn't make any sense, like the scene in "Life in A Gigolo" where the gigolo was clearly having sex with the left side of a woman's thigh for some reason. Or the scenes in "Warrior Queen" where the slavegirls were lovingly kissing the side of a guy's knee.

But in the last few years there have been some scenes that looked pretty hardcore to me. I can name a couple for Exapno -- the sex scene between Nicole Sheridan and Evan Stone in "Genie in A String Bikini." The scene between Mary Carey and some guy in "Sapphire Girls." And the scene between a hot blonde and some guy in "Sexual Exploration." And a couple dozen more I can't recall offhand, I just know they're out there. You don't see penetration, of course, but the parts are lined up in the right places, and they move like people do when they're actually having sex. While I think my logical reasons for thinking they're not having sex in those scenes, there's no way to look at them and know they're not having sex.

Exapno Mapcase
01-21-2007, 12:55 PM
Exapno: Your comment about "you might be an idiot if you think X" comes right after someone saying, "One could easily think X." In this context, it's pretty clearly a personal insult. At best, I think, you'd argue that you were putting one toe over the line to test the waters. I really do NOT want to have to expand the rules or explanations to cover this. We've got enough, I think, already; but when people go out of their way to exploit the rules, then we sometimes need to add new explanations.

Please, cool it.

I thought about how to phrase it so that the comment was clearly in the group insult category. If I didn't succeed, sorry.

Evil Captor, I've never argued that cut down x-rated movies didn't exist. I'm just calling you all on the notion that they appear on Cinemax. Two different things.

Evil Captor
01-21-2007, 01:05 PM
I thought about how to phrase it so that the comment was clearly in the group insult category. If I didn't succeed, sorry.

Evil Captor, I've never argued that cut down x-rated movies didn't exist. I'm just calling you all on the notion that they appear on Cinemax. Two different things.

And I'm agreeing with you, and offering an explanation as to why people might THINK they appeared on Cinemax.