When it comes to cinematic depictions of sex, especially in the United States, censorship groups are very strict and side on giving those kinds of films quite strong ratings.
One film that seemed to fare well despite its lengthy and steamy sex scenes came over twenty years ago, back in 1992, with Paul Verhoeven’s cinema sensation “Basic Instinct”. That film opened with an ‘R’, not the stricter ‘NC-17’ rating.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone (via Cinema Blend), Verhoeven reveals that the film’s dramatic elements – especially the fact that the film always suggests that Sharon Stone’s Catherine Tramell is a potential killer throughout – not only spared it the harsher rating but allowed him to extend the sex scenes within:
“Because it was a thriller, the idea that Sharon Stone could kill him during sex was always an element of protection. So we could show sex and nudity much longer than normal, because there was another element there – the element of threat.”
Despite boasting less sex scenes, Verhoeven’s next film “Showgirls” scored the stricter ‘NC-17’ almost exclusively due to the amount of nudity it contained.