“The Silence”

No arguments with the choices of the Nerve.com team for the Most Important (i.e., brazen, influential, talk-stirring) Nude Scenes of all time, but most of us recognize that nude scenes are about “importance” second and erotic intrigues and arousals first. The good ones are, at least. And in this sense Ingmar Bergman‘s The Silence has almost no parallel. Sven Nykvist‘s black-and-white photography of the sultry, vaguely self-disgusted Gunnel Lindblom in various states of undress in that downtown hotel room (and bathroom) is the stuff that lifelong dreams are made of.

15 thoughts on ““The Silence”

  1. The Gift (though fun) and Swordfish are not important in any way (although John Travolta does blow up Osama Bin Laden in the final scene of Swordfish, so I guess it’s prescient).

  2. I always thought that it was the exploitation of Phoebe Cates’ nude scene that made actresses so hesitant about revealing themselves from then on. And with the internet now, nude scenes no longer need any context to end up everywhere.

  3. With honest and delicate regards to Phoebe Cates, she truly was (and may still be) a vision of perfection to my adolescent eyes.

  4. Ahhh…Phoebe Cates wins the prize for being the perfect woman in the perfect scene at the perfect time (when I was 13). She’s forever linked to The Cars song Moving in Stereo.

  5. Wow, a generically-average looking woman sitting grumpily in a 50′s bathtub while Timmy from “Lassie”, wearing short-shorts taken directly from one of those old Japanese horror movies MST3K used to show, either reaches for her ass or turns on the faucet…that turns Wells on?

    Explains a lot.

  6. Ahhh…Phoebe Cates wins the prize for being the perfect woman in the perfect scene at the perfect time (when I was 13). She’s forever linked to The Cars song Moving in Stereo.

  7. Gee, NYC, maybe since Wells was talking about a feature-length film and not a still image it would indicate that there’s a larger context being discussed?

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