Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Friendly Persuasion (1956) is a classic film that follows the story of a Quaker family in Indiana during the Civil War. The film is known for its tender and heartfelt moments, but it also contains some surprisingly frank sexual moments.
The film follows the Birdwell family, a Quaker family living in Indiana during the Civil War. The family is led by Jess Birdwell (Gary Cooper), a pacifist who is determined to remain true to his Quaker beliefs despite the war raging around him. As the war intensifies, the Birdwells are forced to confront their own beliefs and the consequences of their choices.
One of the most memorable sexual moments in the film comes when Jess and his wife Eliza (Dorothy McGuire) are discussing the war. Eliza expresses her fear that Jess will be killed in battle, and the two share a passionate kiss. The kiss is tender and intimate, and it conveys the deep love and commitment that the couple share.
The film also contains a scene in which Jess and Eliza's daughter, Mattie (Phyllis Love), is courted by a young soldier. The soldier is clearly smitten with Mattie, and the two share a passionate kiss. The kiss is tender and romantic, and it conveys the young couple's feelings for each other.
Finally, the film contains a scene in which Jess and Eliza share a passionate embrace. The embrace is tender and intimate, and it conveys the deep love and commitment that the couple share.
Friendly Persuasion (1956) is a classic film that contains some surprisingly frank sexual moments. These moments convey the deep love and commitment that the Birdwell family share, and they provide a glimpse into the intimate relationships of a Quaker family during the Civil War.
Bare-chested wrestlers are seen at the carnival. Protagonist is seen bare-chested splitting firewood. As a church elder views a postcard through a stereopticon viewer, it is implied the postcard is of a naked native person.
After they had an argument, husband delivers pillow and comforter to his wife in the barn as she lays on a pile of straw. There are next seen walking lovingly arm and arm back to the house in early the next morning, evidently after having spent the night together on that pile of straw.
There is a comic romantic scene wherein the parents downstairs listen, as their teenaged daughter plays the organ for her beau in the attic (We see them briefly kissing). The courting couple come down and the parents go to bed, leaving them the parlor.
A conservative man is left wide-eyed after looking at an image through a stereoscope. While not shown on camera, this is explained to be of a "native" subject, which could be inferred to depict nudity.
Comical scene is played whereby three attention-starved single young women vie for the attention of a visiting young man. They are physically aggressive and it might be posed that they took advantage of him physically. They are left alone for a time in the house with him. They are seen tossing him around like a sack of potatoes.