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Carnal Knowledge (1971) - Mike Nichols [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Carnal Knowledge (1971) is a depressing look at the effects of the sexual revolution and free love, one of the first films to depict its negative influences, as such it predates Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). While the film deals with themes related to eroticism, it is unerotic in its depiction thereof, and can best be classified as a kitchen-sink realist drama and a celebration of the modernist cult of ugliness. The film is also reminiscent of Coming Apart (1969).


  • Relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites: carnal desire.
  • Worldly or earthly; temporal: the carnal world.
  • Of or relating to the body or flesh; bodily: carnal remains. --American Heritage

    Carnal knowledge

    Euphemism for sexual intercourse. --AHD

    Also a film starring Jack Nicholson.

    Carnal art

    See: body art - Orlan

    Carnal Knowledge (1971) - Mike Nichols

    Still hot from the success of Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces, Jack Nicholson solidified his reputation as the brightest star of the New Hollywood movement when he appeared in this 1971 drama, written by Jules Feiffer and directed by Mike Nichols. The film received mixed reviews, but remains fascinating for its subject matter--the sexual attitudes and activities of two male friends from their college days to middle age--and the performances of its stellar cast. Nicholson is the former athlete-turned-tax-lawyer with a fetish for well-endowed women (which explains why Ann-Margret plays his mistress), and Art Garfunkel is the shy, mild-mannered one who becomes a doctor, marries Candice Bergen, and has an affair with Carol Kane. Over the course of nearly 30 years, we see how their lives and attitudes are reflected through their sexual histories, and it's not pretty. The film deals frankly (and some will say depressingly) with the ways in which people use each other for sex, and this doesn't exactly make for rousing (or even arousing) entertainment. But with Nichols directing a cast of this caliber, Carnal Knowledge remains one of the signature films of the early 1970s, when established Hollywood traditions were giving way to the emergence of more daring films with bolder "adult" themes. --Jeff Shannon

    Carnal Knowledge is a 1971 American drama film. The film is directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jules Feiffer.

    Sandy (Art Garfunkel) and Jonathan (Jack Nicholson) are college roommates whose lives are explored and seem to offer a contrast to one another. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnal_Knowledge [May 2005]

    The term carnal knowledge and laws regarding homosexuality

    Carnal knowledge and Jamaican Law regarding homosexuality:
    Article 78 (Proof of Carnal Knowledge)
    "Whenever upon the trial of any offence punishable under this Act, it may be necessary to prove carnal knowledge, it shall not be necessary to prove the actual emission of seed in order to constitute a carnal knowledge, but the carnal knowledge shall be deemed complete upon proof of penetration only." --http://www.jflag.org/bodyspirit/rights.htm [May 2005]

    Carnal knowledge and British Law regarding homosexuality:
    Enlighs Parliament closes a loophole in the definition of the capitol crime of buggery. It is no longer necessary to demonstrate "the actual Emission of Seed" to convict of buggery or rape. "Carnal knowledge shall be deemed complete upon Proof of Penetration only."

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