“In a tantalizing and increasing tempo, the sex appetite is whetted and lascivious thoughts and lustful desires are intensely stimulated.”
Opening credits to Louis Malle’s 1958 film about adultery: Les Amants. Notice the ‘dangerous river’ (rivière dangereuse) and the ‘indifferent lake’ (lac d’indifférence).
Jeanne Moreau to the left, pictures sourced here.
A showing of the film in Cleveland, Ohio resulted in a series of court battles that led to a Supreme Court decision on obscenity issues and judge Potter Stewart’s famous “I know it when I see it” opinion about what the definition of obscenity is. Usually dropped from the quote is the remainder of that sentence, “and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.”