Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Paul Mazursky / 1969, USA
105min / 35mm
Taking sharp, right-on satirical jabs at the late-’60s vogue for wife-swapping and the spouting of vague psycho-babble, this notorious (in its time) sex comedy, set in California, tells the story of four friends who decide to cut loose and experiment with sexual freedom. Bob and Carol consider themselves a free-thinking modern couple in step with the times. Both freely see other lovers and even smoke a little dope. Their closest friends are the stuffy Ted and Alice who cannot understand the free-wheeling ways of Bob and Carol who in turn cannot understand why Ted and Alice are always so uptight. The erotic hijinks begin when the four friends attend a special sex workshop and decide to try their hands at a foursome.
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Presented by Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
John Cameron Mitchell / 2006, USA
101min / 35mm
From the director of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ comes SHORTBUS, an exploration into the lives of several characters living in New York as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and (unsimulated) sex. Male and female, straight and gay, the characters find one another – and eventually find themselves – when they all converge at a weekly underground salon called “Shortbus,” a mad world of art, music, politics, and polysexual carnality.
SHOWTIMES: Thursday, January 18 – 7 pm @ Grand Illusion Cinema
Adrian Lyne / 1986, USA
118min / digital
A man. A Woman. And an attraction that became an obsession. Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger take you on an erotic odyssey in this steamy story of a love affair that breaks every sexual taboo. Director Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction) creates “the most sexualized relationship seen in years” (Vanity Fair) in a lushly photographed rendition of secret fantasies and desires that come vividly to life on screen. Set against the high-tech backdrop of Manhattan, 9 1/2 Weeks is the length of the affair between Elizabeth, a beautiful art dealer, and John, the man who becomes her lover and changes irrevocably the course of her life. After a tantalizing initial encounter, John charts the course of their sensual journey together in a deadly serious game of sexual dominance, unlocking the door to hidden dreams, pain and ecstasy.