November 15, 2012 Essays on Film

In recent decades virginity has emerged as a staple of contemporary cinema, most notably that lucrative genre known as the teen flick. Some directors have approached the topic from a satirical angle (the American Pie franchise, The Virginity Hit, In Virgin Territory), while others have opted for ostensibly darker, terrifying and murderous interpretations (like the horror caper Teeth). In American photographer Larry Clark’s directorial debut Kids (1995), virginity is more closely situated within the excesses and anxieties of adolescence.

An opening sequence can set the theme and tone of an

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