Sunday, 19 February 2012

Soft Porn Sunday: Kim Dawson & Steve Curtis

It's really odd, sometimes, that when you consider how formulaic soft porn can be, how few recurring motifs there actually are. Bedtime Stories, however, isn't afraid to use them - there's usually a lot of simulated cunnilingus, there are two or three (almost always three) sex scenes per episode, and there is a host character, Belle (Kim Dawson) - who, unlike other characters such as the jilted man in Red Shoe Diaries or Samantha from Passion Cove, actually gets involved in the action.

But there's another recurring motif that I've noticed - and I'm sure I can't be the only one to have noticed it. It's a piece of music. I've heard it elsewhere... and I'm sure it's not just used in Bedtime Stories, either. I've heard it in other soft porn scenes from ot
her series, and that's both worrying and intriguing. It's a good piece of music actually, and it fits sex well enough, so I don't mind it being used more than once. I just wonder why it's not done more often, and why specifically this one. I wonder if royalties are involved.

Appearance: Bedtime Stories, Series 1: "No Names, Please" (2000)
Characters: Belle & Michael
So. This scene features Belle. I've featured her in a scene before, so we know what she's like. Cascading blonde hair, nice enough body, cheeky grin. Clearly knows what she's doing, although that may be because she's Kim Dawson and has done this sort of thing many times. It also features Michael. Michael is a nervous young man who's clearly quite inexperienced with sex, and he's played by Steve Curtis. Which is a really unassuming and quite uninspiring name. Then again, so is "Michael". I started writing a soft porn script the other day in which the protagonist is called Carruthers Fortescue Smythe. Anyway, yes.

In this episode, called "No Names, Please" as if we needed a cunning clue as to
what it's about, a woman named Tania (Michelle Hall, pretending her name is Monique Jeanette) is looking for a "sex only" relationship with a nice man, so for some reason she knows exactly who to call. She calls Belle, who recommends Michael. This is Belle, uh, "trying him out".

Ah, the familiar drum beat.
The characters start this in a state of semi-undress as it is, Michael's hand between Belle's legs briefly (very briefly) before we cut to Belle disrobing and several mixes to them in various stages of rather extreme foreplay. It's quite nice lingerie she's wearing, actually. She moans (loudly) and then climbs onto Michael, and them we cut almost immediately to them having sex in the astride position, Michael lying back on the sofa with a steadying hand on Belle's hips. She's riding him as Kim Dawson is want to do, with a nice fluidity and very good body movements, and a few pleasurable moans thrown in (although hers always sound more like "oh!" to me than anything else). She guides his hand to her breast and bounces a few more times, a very enticing, mischievous grin on her face... and then we cut to...

They're having sex in the missionary position now. An immediate cut, not even a mix or a link. I like that - the jump doesn't interrupt the sex. It even prompts you to think of exactly what happened in between. But it's this bit of the scene that's my favourite. It's very intense, clearly, and although by this point
Belle's moans are getting a bit annoying, they're clearly both having a good time doing whatever it is they're doing. Michael is propped up on his hands for much of this, and Belle closes her legs around his waist at one point - something I've always found ridiculously hot for no apparent reason. They've both got a mixture of arousal and confusion flickering across their faces at points, and by the end, you really do get the feeling you've been watching them have sex - which, I guess, is the point.

One thing that I'll remember about this scene is that after the "orgasm
movement" - there always is one, and here it's the only time you'll actually hear Michael make a single sound - there's a quick close-up of Belle's face. She's moving too rapidly for it to be happening at that time, so it's clearly a very quick bit of footage they've added in for a second or two. Why? To fit the length of the music track, of course!

The scene closes with Michael lying on top of Belle. She's got an arm around him, resting on his back. Very sweet.

What I think I've said before, however, and which I'll reiterate here, is that one of the best things about Bedtime
Stories is that it's actually really well thought out in terms of setting and scenery. I've put a couple more screenshots up here than I usually would, so you can see. The sex, of course, takes place on a sofa, but the room they're in is really quite cool. Nice d├ęcor, candles (one quite prominent one, which I hadn't noticed up until now!), an open French window to a garden with fairy lights... it actually gives the impression that this is happening on a balmy summer night, which all works out quite nicely. But, as pretty as it is, the stars of this scene really are the two humans. I'd like to see more of the chemistry between these characters, or even just the actors themselves - did they enjoy it? How planned was it? It seems a lot deeper than just your average sex scene, and while the cinematography, setting, movements and (of course) the familiar soundtrack never fail to arouse me within a few seconds, it's almost what you don't know that intrigues me about this one.

1 comment:

Catharine said...

I can't tell if he's mangling her tits in a sexy way or a painful way.