Daniel Biltereyst1
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  • 1 Ghent University
Sex Cinemas, Limit Transgression and the Aura of ‘Forbiddenness’: The Emergence of risqués Cinemas and Cinema Leopold in Ghent, Belgium, 1945–54
in Film Studies
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Arguing that limit transgression is a key feature for understanding the cinematic performance of, and the controversy around, sexuality in the public sphere, this contribution focuses on various aspects of limit transgression in relation to sex cinemas. Following a new cinema history approach and concentrating on the case of an emerging sex cinema in postwar Belgium (Cinema Leopold in Ghent, 1945–54), this article looks at various dimensions of limit transgression in terms of concrete physical and spatial relations; programming strategies; audience experiences; and a range of disciplining societal practices and institutional discourses.

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