Hear, Hear: Myrna Loy On Individuality & The State of Screen Sex
“I admire some of the people on the screen today, but most of them look like everybody else. In our day we had individuality. Pictures were more sophisticated. All this nudity is too excessive and it is getting very boring. It will be a shame if it upsets people so much that it brings on the need for censorship. I hate censorship. In the cinema there’s no mystery. No privacy. And no sex, either. Most of the sex I’ve seen on the screen looks like an expression of hostility towards sex.” –Myrna Loy (1905-1993), speaking in the late 1960’s
She’s right. Still. About everything.
PS. If you’re looking for a nice film, might I recommend The Thin Man (1934), starring Myrna Loy and William Powell. One of the most refreshing things about this and other movies from that time, something that has been nearly extinguished from the popular culture scene since about the mid-1960’s, is the display of a relationship dynamic between a man and a woman that is filled with romance, dignity and positive regard.