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nel 1948 alfred kinsley, con la pubblicazione del suo libro shock 'sexual behavior in the human male', sconvolse le convinzioni in materia sessuale dell'america. il suo lavoro ha dato vita a uno dei dibattiti culturali piu' intensi dell'ultimo secolo, un dibattito che ancor oggi non si e' esaurito.
One of the best films of 2004, Kinsey pays tribute to the flawed but honorable man who revolutionized our understanding of human sexuality. As played by Liam Neeson in writer-director Bill Condon's excellent film biography, Indiana University researcher Alfred Kinsey was so consumed by statistical measurements of human sexual activity that he almost completely overlooked the substantial role of emotions and their effect on human behavior. This made him an ideal researcher and science celebrity who revealed that sexual behaviours previously considered deviant and even harmful (homosexuality, oral sex, etc.) are in fact common and essentially normal in the realm of human experience, but whose obsession with scientific method frequently placed him at odds with his understanding wife (superbly played by Laura Linney) and research assistants. In presenting Kinsey as a driven social misfit, Condon's film gives Neeson one of his finest roles while revealing the depth of Kinsey's own humanity, and the incalculable benefit his research had on our collective sexual enlightenment. With humor, charm, and intelligence, Kinsey shines a light where darkness once prevailed. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Fox's UK DVD includes plentiful deleted scenes but is missing some of the extras from the NTSC 2-disc set.
As the film succinctly shows, Alfred, the son of a puritanical minister that went so far as to rail against zippers for giving idle hands easy access to occasions for sin, grew up to be a zoologist whose obsession with collecting and studying the gall wasp gained him a measure of obscurity. However, after marrying Clara McMillen (Laura Linney), with whom he achieved sexual liberation after sorting out a few physical impediments with the help of a knowledgeable physician, Kinsey achieved local notoriety at Indiana University by teaching an enlightened and graphic sex education course for those students and staff contemplating marriage. It was there that he first utilized questionnaires to elicit personal sexual histories, the methodology, administered by trained interviewers, that he later used in the thousands across the nation to build the database for his two books. In KINSEY, we also see depicted the Kinsey couple's unconventional sexual relationship, as well as those of Alfred's cadre of interviewers and their wives. Hugh Hefner could've been proud to have the investigative team over to his mansion for a frolic.
Insofar as it goes, KINSEY appears to give a reasonably accurate summary of the sex researcher's bio. I base this conclusion on my own sketchy knowledge of the subject, hastily gleaned from a website. The film does skip over a couple of minor points. It doesn't share that Alfred was an atheist who thought Judeo-Christian sexual ethics repressive.Read more ›
Liam Neelson completely assumes the persona of the somewhat withdrawn, awkward in company but professionally dominant professor. Neelson's vivid portrayal of Kinsey is superb acting, but because the main character is somewhat remote the film looses a little impact. The director intended this to be compensated for by Laura Linney in her equally brilliant portrayal of Kinsey's wife Clara McMillen, but as the drama is firmly focussed on Kinsey and the controversy surrounding him, her role is not sufficiently large to fully achieve the purpose.
The ten minute long opening title sequence is a master class in conveying a great deal of information in a short period. More superb acting from Lyn Redgrave as the final interviewee in the film, just sit and wonder.
A very fine DVD is rounded off with a long list of deleted scenes and an excellent director's commentary.
Written and directed by Bill Condon, this film recounts the tale of Kinsey's professional career, from his early days as a Harvard researcher looking at gall wasps through his career at Indiana University, first as a biologist, and then as director of the research project and institute that today bears his name.
Kinsey is a complex character - perhaps the only way he could get away with his study in the environment of mid-century America was that he was the quintessential academic, in dress, demeanor, and attitude. His process of research, be it on gall wasps or on human subjects, was exactingly clinical. The essence of this devotion and adherence to objective procedure is captured in the film (both in terms of wasps and in terms of people).
One exchange between Kinsey and his fellow researcher Clyde Martin illustrates the point:
Alfred Kinsey: 'The doctors say my heart sounds like a cement mixer.'
Clyde Martin: 'At least they found one.'
Kinsey was aided by his wife, the free-thinking graduate student Clara McMillan. While a biology professor, Kinsey's openness made him a magnet for students to seek him out; sometimes their questions were regarding personal problems.Read more ›
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A fascinating historical account of a prominent scientist. Worth watching.Published 6 months ago by Harold
This film is revisionist history.
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Not the sort of film for everyone, however i found it interesting as I have been reading about Kinsey.Published on 12 July 2014 by Guy
AAbsolutely brilliant film well wworth the money could watch it time and time again very educational fabulous. So good i bought. The book.Published on 12 July 2013 by rainey
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