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The Eastern Europe had the "repressive" climate up until Perestroika. There was no sex in the USSR...

I have to notice that I did not watch the blockbuster films of the last Soviet years, Little Vera (with the first actual sex scene for their cinematography) and Intergirl at that time. So I missed that initiation... Little Vera is interesting in depicting the lower-average Soviet living. Intergirl seems to be made as an introduction to prostitution for the girls of a falling empire. Isn't that kind?

Change in sexual culture makes other changes easier, apparently. It surely distracts, exites, while other transformative things are going on. Could this version of Bread-and-Circus be an old trick?

by das monde on Wed Jun 12th, 2013 at 07:47:17 AM EST
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In contrast, in Central European film-making, the Sixties did arrive, and there was a tolerated (though not at all liked) beatnik-semi-hippie counter-culture.

The apparently 'glamorous' plot of Intergirl reminds me of the regime's contradictory policy on prostitution at the end of the eighties: it was mostly suppressed, but the few prostitutes who were tolerated in specific areas were also 'employed' as 'hosts' of foreign state visitors (and later any convertible-currency-paying Western hotel guests), which also meant secret service connections.

BTW, the Intergirl of Hungary was the 1989 movie K, a not at all glamorous documentary about these 'privileged' prostitutes. (I haven't seen it, I only heard from an acquaintance who went to see it believing it to be a sex film, then was disgusted to the extent that he left half-way.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Jun 12th, 2013 at 02:17:50 PM EST
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Here we go again with the ideologic clichés and oversimplifications about the "Eastern Europe repressive climate"... You cannot lump together highly religious cultures like Poland, or with historically documented sexual repression like Russia with the relatively agnostic and more tolerant societies like Bulgaria, which was otherwise a staunch ally of the USSR. What definitely did not exist prior the Perestroika was the bourgeois fixation on sexuality and sexualisation of daily life; and the manic desire to control it. In fact some Eastern Block countries like Bulgaria were much more tolerant to sexuality than the Anglo-Saxon countries, which were - and still are - the most repressive in the developed world.
by Ivo on Sun Jun 30th, 2013 at 04:03:25 AM EST
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there have been anecdotes wherein chinese exchange students have come to christian countries and found them sexually repressed and full of 'hangups', to use a 60's word that seems to have dropped out of semantic sight.

which is odd considering our progress for LBGT, and their lack of tolerance in this dept, one wonders what 'liberated' het-sex means in china...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Jun 30th, 2013 at 05:18:02 AM EST
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