Woody Allen‘s newest film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, opened last weekend, and audiences were finally treated to its supposedly gasp-inducing love scene between stars Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz. But instead of leaving "the audience gasping," as the New York Post promised several months ago, the scene was simple and understated. In fact, if you saw the trailer you pretty much saw it all already. The two kiss while working together in the red-tinged darkroom.
In the film, American tourists Cristina (Scarlett) and Vicky (Rebecca Hall) meet and become involved with a Spanish painter, Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), and his fiery artist ex-wife, Maria Elena (Cruz). Cristina, Juan Antonio and Maria Elena begin living together and sharing each other’s beds.
While the threesome aspect could be seen as salacious, it’s actually handled tactfully and, most refreshingly, done without the intent of simply titillating the man in the relationship.
When Cristina and Maria Elena first kiss and make love, Juan Antonio is nowhere in sight. And neither is drunk or intoxicated in any way.
Later, when retelling her experiences to her best friend, Vicky, the heretofore hetero Cristina is open-minded about her sexuality.
When Cristina’s fiancé asks if this means she is bisexual, she says: "I see no reason to label everything. I am me."
If being yourself involves making out with Penelope Cruz, I say we all sign up for therapy pronto so we can find ourselves, too.
SAME CITY, DIFFERENT SEX
Out actress Cynthia Nixon is about to get naked in the city. The Sex and the City star has signed on to appear in the British television follow-up to queer author Quentin Crisp‘s drama The Naked Civil Servant.
Photo credit: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic
Nixon will play performance artist and playwright Penny Arcade in An Englishman in New York. The sequel comes nearly 30 years after the original broadcast and will feature John Hurt reprising his role as bon vivant Crisp. Nixon’s character was close friends with the English writer; the real-life duo starred in the long-running stage production The Last Will and Testament of Quentin.
The drama is being produced by ITV1 and is being filmed in New York. It will air next year.
— by Dorothy Snarker