Guns at Batasi (1964)
Guns at Batasi is a 1964 British drama film directed by John Guillermin and starring Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, and Flora Robson. The film tells the story of a British Army unit stationed in a small African town during the waning days of British colonial rule. While the film is primarily a drama, it also contains some surprisingly explicit sexual moments.
The most memorable of these moments comes near the end of the film, when Attenborough's character, Major John Wilshaw, is seduced by a local woman. The scene is surprisingly graphic for a film of its time, with Wilshaw and the woman engaging in a passionate embrace and kiss. The scene is made even more powerful by the fact that Wilshaw is married and the woman is a local prostitute.
Another sexual moment comes earlier in the film, when Wilshaw's wife, played by Flora Robson, is propositioned by a local man. The man offers her money in exchange for sex, and Robson's character is clearly tempted by the offer. The scene is a powerful reminder of the power dynamics between the colonizers and the colonized, and the way in which the latter are often exploited.
Overall, Guns at Batasi is a powerful film that contains some surprisingly explicit sexual moments. These moments serve to highlight the power dynamics between the colonizers and the colonized, and the way in which the latter are often exploited. While the film is primarily a drama, these moments add an extra layer of depth and complexity to the story.
The soldiers have what are described as lewd magazines and pin-ups in their barracks. They remove these early in the film and they are only shown in the background without any real detail up to this point. One of them is forgotten about, however, and a poster is clearly visible of a fully naked woman (exposed breasts etc.) for around 10 seconds until the commanding officer rips this down.
There are two female characters, who are repeatedly seen as objects of desire. When one soldier stays outside to talk to the younger woman another soldier tells his friends that he is keeping her for himself.
Later this couple kiss for a fairly prolonged time (30 seconds or so). The woman says she is going to bed and the man says suggestively that if she's hot she can leave the window open. When he is relieved of his shift he climbs into her room through the window. They briefly kiss before she undoes the top two buttons of her nightgown, which he is visibly flustered about. He takes off his shoes. The scene fades out. Sex is obviously implied but is not shown on-screen and there is no nudity.