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One of the mid-20th century sexologists, Alfred C. Kinsey, is brought to life through a stellar performance by Liam Neeson. Screenplay writer & director, Bill Condon, who should have won an Oscar for "Gods and Monsters," uses an enticing technique of switching between B&W scenes & color ones. In the former, Kinsey is depicted as a subject, in a clinical setting, responding to his own sex survey questions. In the latter, Condon takes us through flashbacks of choice intimate events during Kinsey's younger life. This combination of screenplay & direction movement between the past in color & the present in B&W seems contradictory. However, it is quite effective to draw out the importance of how significant, if not 'colorful', Kinsey's upbringing was while living in his father-preacher's (John Lithgow) anti-sexual & puritanical home.
Kinsey's sexology includes so many open-ended questions that they leave room for respondents to elaborate upon their true sexual experiences. Their thousands of responses included in Kinsey's research [published as "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) & "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953)] are anything but black & white!
It is to Kinsey's credit, his passion, the effectiveness of his research techniques, that sexology discovered US respondents were eager to speak about sex. Since Kinsey's findings are not what the US public expected to learn, his research became controversial. For instance, the first book found males had many more same-gender sexual experiences than anyone imagined. The second book really rocked the world when Kinsey's research showed that females shared the same sexual desires as males!
From the start of the film to the end it is loaded with sexological words: in other words, the clinical names for genital body parts & sexual activities. Sexual activities are spoken of scientifically & sometimes depicted. This is not by any means a pornographic motion picture. It is about the science of sexology. But, most especially, it is a fine film that aptly portrays both the research & intimate passions of the world famous US sexologist, Kinsey.
It's not necessarily an adults-only film; depending upon how well prepared & educated teens are in studies of human sexual behavior. I feel Condon masters the topics of sexology & sexualities.
THE CHURCH DOES NOT WANT YOU TO SEE THIS.
"May our heterosexist, religious & materialistic friends find an open sexuality, a real god and the joys of nature".(Anon).
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Get this DVD now ! This and another DVD called "The Einstein of Sex" (Magnus Hirschfield's works) expose human sexual behaviour like never before. A master sexologist, even he understands homosexuality and the natural diversity of the many different types of sexual practices. Also highly entertaining, this is a biography as well, which helps anyone with sexual hang-ups to maybe overcome them at the same time. The scientific understanding leaves one wondering what sex is all about. If you are one to enlighten yourself, this is a must-see.
OTHER DVD's OR COMPANION DVD's TO THIS DVD:
The God That Wasn't There (see how religion harms people and the environment).
Stephen Hawkings Universe (big bang and more).
The Unknown Jesus (there were many Jesus's).
The Einstein of Sex (learn about sexual behaviour).
Kinsey (learn about homosexual behaviour, and Plato's good, beauty & truth).
The Power of Myth (careful of Joseph Campbell's heterosexist interpretations).
Biological Exuberance by Bruce Bahgemihl (heterosexuality not a natural norm).
Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same Sex Love by Will Roscoe.
In Quest of the Hero by Lord Raglan, Rank & Dundes (Jesus myths before Jesus).
David loved Jonathan by Tom Horner (Adam & Steve long before Eve - and more).
The Secret Gospel by Morton Smith (Jesus's male lover/s)
The Christ Myth by Arthur Drews.
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels.
Eros and the Mysteries of Love by Julius Evola.
The Man Jesus Loved by Theodore W. Jennings, Jr.
Jacob's Wound : Homoeroticism in Ancient Israel by Theodore W. Jennings, Jr.
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (a must - god's hatred & world suffering).
Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra (if ever a bible of the universe it's this).
From Pre-Socratic Philosophers to Plato(first section of any philosophy book).
Homosexual Behaviour in Animals by Volker Sommer & Paul L. Vasey
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkings
The Da Vinchi Code has some helpful insights, however its heterosexist stance that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene is quite out of keeping with the homosexual hero stories and homosexual religious masters who have spanned history and prehistory. If anything, Jesus had a male lover, which is well-explained in several of the books above.
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If you want to know more about debunking religion, heterosexism and greed (which serve as handmaidens to each other), or about Homosexuality and how it relates to Spirituality and Plato's 'Good, Beauty & Truth', then read my other Reviews & Guides on these Subjects, and see book list above.
Tidbit: One of the closest similarities to Jesus and the "Youth" is that of Hercules and his male lover, Hylas, with parallels like the river, a cave, nakedness, man lying upon man, wearing a loin cloth, asking the older one for love, etc.
KEY WORDS FOR THE HOMOSEXUAL HEROES & RELIGIOUS MASTERS TRADITION:
Hercules, Orpheus, Appolonius, Hadrian & Antinous, Mithras, Osiris, Dionysus, Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Savior/Saviour Gods, Mystery Schools, Resurrection Myths, Sacred Sex, Carpocrates, Gymno Gymnos, Gnostic Gospels, Mythology, Shamans, Ancient Heroes, Homosexual Heroes, Greek Heroes.
Liam Neeson really made this film work. His overbearing presence was very convincing.
I don't really wish to get into the moral and ethical implications of where this film might take you, however, at the moment I will say it will definitely get you interested in the outcome of the life and times of Alfred Kinsey.
Inspired to explore the emotionally charged subject of sex from a strictly scientific point of view, Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson) recruits a team of researchers, including Clyde Martin, Wardell Pomeroy and Paul Gebhard. Over time they refine an interviewing technique which helps others break through the shame, fear, and guilt about their sexual histories. The interviewing technique was paramount in allowing people the opportunity and speak freely about their previous sexual encounters.
When Kinsey publishes his Male study in 1948, the press compares the impact to that of the atomic bomb. Kinsey continued to pursue his study with women, however was more taboo to talk about, since many saw this as an attack on basic American values. The outrage and scorn that follows causes Kinsey's benefactors to abandon him, just as his health begins to fail.
I'm going to give this film and average score 3/5 because it is enlighteninng and thought provoking to say the least. These types of films always seem to make me anxious just watching the different people and their reactions even though I know it's just a film.
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Kinsey - Starring Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Peter Sarsgaard. Rated R
Rating: 8 or 8.5/10
Definitely recommend, excellent acting and interesting storyline. Couldn't imagine any other actor besides Liam Neeson in this role. I first saw Peter Sarsgaard in the movie An Education and he was very compelling on screen even though his character didn't have much of the audience's sympathy by the finale. He's attractive but not in the traditional lean, muscled, tall movie star mold. His looks are more old fashioned.
Liam Neeson is one of my girlhood crushes rofl. He was hot in Rob Roy xD He seems to age really well and his acting never disappoints. The movie follows his character Kinsey in his life goal of researching sex and making that information public to the mainstream. I found his wife, Laura Linney, intriguing because of how she carried herself in life with confidence and an open-ness The ending was well-done, though I was hoping for an afterword or some description on what happened like "Dr. Kinsey went to accomplish ... before his death". But then since it doesn't have that, it just made me check wikipedia lol.
After learning about Alfred C Kinsey in college, I became fascinated by his work. I ended up attending Indiana University for graduate school so that I could take courses at the same place Kinsey did and maybe be a part of the Kinsey institute. This movie is a great peak into the life that head lead and shows the kinds of things he had to deal with in order to perform research and educate the general population about sexual health.
Watching the portrayal of Alfred Kinsey by Liam Neeson made me feel as though you could reach out and touch this dynamic man who brought about the major changes to the way we as humans perceive sex and our own sexuality. I felt I understood how focused a man like Kinsey was when it came to studying the subject at hand, be it the Gall Wasps or homo sapiens. I highly recommend this DVD as a wonderful addition to your DVD Collection.
Based on a psycologist named Kinsey, this movie goes deep into sex. Even if you do not like his research or have negitive feeling about what he has done, I would still see this movie.
It makes you laugh/cry/think etc... I rented this movie thinking I wouldn't like it but I was wrong. (I don't particually care for certain areas of his research).
Don't be fooled though, this is not your everyday feel good movie this is in fact about a psycologist that breaks the taboos to discover the truths about sex. Back in a time were it was thought that women didn't have org*sms (* = cencored). Some say his research brought us into the 21st centrey.
THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN BY ANY MEANS! make sure the kids are gone and you and your hubby/boyfriend/girlfriend(s) get the popcorn and watch this!
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Kinsey was a great film portrayed by a fantastic actor named Liam Neeson . Laura Linney an accomplished actor in her own right , was great and they both had good chemistry together .
This film educates as well as entertains the viewing audience , so this is a must- see movie .
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Gary K. Smith
this is a great movie for psych majors. i was recommended to see it by a prof. at my college and was intrigued by it the entire time. Not for those who try to avoid nudity and sexual themes (as that is the basis for the entire movie), it is still an intriguing look into the human sexual world from a scientific point of view.
Its a great academic film about the first steps of sexuality in the American history. Intriguing and inspiring in a weird sort of way.