The Ascent of Man (1973) is a documentary series written and presented by Jacob Bronowski. It is a journey through human history, exploring the development of science and technology and how it has shaped the modern world.
The series also touches on the subject of sexuality, exploring how it has evolved over time and how it has been portrayed in film. In the episode “The Ascent of Man”, Bronowski examines the sexual moments in the film, from the subtle to the explicit.
The film begins with a scene of a man and a woman in a passionate embrace. This scene is used to illustrate the power of human sexuality and how it can be used to express love and desire.
The film then moves on to explore the sexual moments in the film. Bronowski examines the way in which the film portrays the sexual act, from the intimate to the explicit. He also looks at the way in which the film portrays the consequences of sexual activity, from the physical to the emotional.
The film also looks at the way in which the film portrays the role of women in sexual relationships. Bronowski examines the way in which the film portrays women as both sexual objects and as powerful figures in their own right.
The Ascent of Man is an important film for its exploration of the evolution of sexuality and how it has been portrayed in film. It is a fascinating look at how human sexuality has evolved over time and how it has been portrayed in film. It is an important film for its exploration of the power of human sexuality and how it can be used to express love and desire.
Occasional topless indigenous women, briefly shown though sometimes prominently visible.
The penultimate episode documents a birth, and everything is shown in close to real time, lasting for a couple minutes. The same episode discusses the phenomenon of human sex directly for several minutes, mentioning the orgasm, and showing (mostly abstract) art depicting copulation.
In episode one, a naked toddler is shown learning to walk, his bottom and penis clearly visible. The scene has an anthropological feel, being accompanied by an excerpt from Barber's Adagio for strings.