Food has been sexualized in Cinema countless times. And why not, food and sex are two pleasures if taken in extremes can become sins of the flesh. But often, when sexualized, food ends up as a prop used to get laughs (that apple pie in "American Pie") or used for shock value (that feces feast in the Italian film "Salo"). Bringing food to a level of eroticism takes more sophistication and less prejudice. When food and sex go beyond sexuality, the imagination is fired up, slowly building a simmering anticipation for the delicious pleasures we crave so much.
Here's my list of the 10 most erotic food moments on Cinema.
10) TOM JONES
This 1963 British comedy classic has a scene where a hearty meal between is a prelude for a late-night romp. This movie is proof that biting into a turkey leg and slurping oysters can get you some. And no, it does not star Tom Jones, the "Sex Bomb" singer.
9) A WALK IN THE CLOUDS
Stepping on your food is not sexy. But in the grape stomping scene of this 1995 romantic film, the women get into a frenzy that leaves them wet and the men's mind, dirty. The scene ends with a saccharine kiss between Keanu Reeves and his leading lady Aitana Sanchez-Gijon... that leads to some more steamy kissing in the bedroom.
8) LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
Based on the magic realism novel by Laura Esquivel, this 1992 Mexican film is about subverting tradition through food. Tita (Lumi Cavasos) is forbidden to marry Pedro (Marco Leonardi), the man she loves. And in true magic realism fashion, Tita, burning with passion for Pedro, inspires lust with her Quail in Rose Petal Sauce.
This 1983 Hollywood romantic drama is best known for the highly charged dancing of its lead star Jennifer Beals. Less remembered is the quiet yet sexually charged dinner scene with her leading man Michael Nouri where they exchange notes about each others turn ons while hungrily eating lobster. They never get to dessert because dinner is interrupted by a footsie.
This 2002 romcom has a young Jason Isaacs (the guy who played Lucius Malfoy in "Harry Potter") romancing Sofia Milos (who played Detective Yelina Salas in Season 3 of "CSI:Miami") after she serves him Seafood Paella, Fried Codfish Fillet, Lobster Casserole and Shrimp; and, Swordfish Mozabique. They never got to finishing all of that because they got busy with licking fingers and other body parts.
The 1997 remake was as controversial as the 1947 version. The movie starred a 17-year old Dominique Swain as Lolita and multi-awarded actor Jeremy Irons as Professor Humbert Humbert. One of the more contentious scenes had Lolita sucking on a banana as the professor tries to elude the car that he thinks has been following them.
4) LAST TANGO IN PARIS
Bernardo Bertolluci's 1972 erotic thriller about Paul (Marlon Brando), an American who gets involved with Jeanne (Maria Schneider), a young French woman, earned an X-rating on its first screening in the U.S. And like any French recipe, this movie has butter. In a quietly violent sodomy scene.
3) IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES
This French-Japanese art film pushed boundaries back in 1976 with its unsimulated sex scenes between the lead stars Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda who played lovers indulging in intense sexual experiments that lead to death and a decapitated penis. The erotic food scene involves an egg being inserted into a female orifice that is not the mouth. Taken in the context of the film's narrative, the scene, perverse as it may seem, is one of the may acts of surrender. It is so graphic that if you search for it, only porn sites have clips of it. Definitely NSFW.
This 1985 Japanese comedy is about noodles, a widow and a pair of truck drivers. No, it's not porn. And the scene that many find steamy involves an egg, cracked open and passed on in an almost kiss from the gangster (Koji Yakusho) to his lover (Fukumi Kuroda). This scene takes the phrase "exchange of fluids" to a different level.
1) 9 1/2 WEEKS
This 1986 romantic drama stars Mickey Rourke as John, a Wall Street trader who seduces Elizabeth (Kim Basinger), an art gallery assistant, with food from the fridge. If you imagine all that expired dairy in your fridge, it doesn't sound too hot, right? Good thing Elizabeth stocks up on fresh produce and unexpired processed food. Her taste buds go into overdrive when John blindfolds her and lets her lick, suck and bite whatever he can get his hands on- honey, cherry and even a hot jalapeno pepper. For sure, couples looking spice up to their evening romps have tried this and found themselves in a sticky mess the morning after.