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Most people will find it difficult to imagine the level of sexual ignorance prevalent in 1948 when Alfred Kinsey published his ground-breaking book
Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male
. Without him, presumptions about sex that the Victorians would have been comfortable with might still persist. Director Bill Condon's excellent biopic charts the life of the academic (Liam Neeson) from his repressive religious childhood, when he is bullied by his moralistic father (John Lithgow), through his unsatisfactory first attempt at lovemaking with his wife (Laura Linney), which provokes his desire to research - and educate others about - human sexuality. Neeson has never been better, playing Kinsey as a scientist whose revolutionary research may be motivated as much by a need to justify his own desires as by a determination to pursue the truth. There's also a fantastic performance from Peter Sarsgaard as a researcher and sexual adventurist who represents the moral uneasiness some had, and some perhaps still have, about this new freedom.
Fact-based drama exploring the life and work of biologist Alfred Kinsey, who set out to study sexual practices in America. Concerned by the lack of scientific data available on the subject, he conducts a comprehensive series of interviews to document the full gamut of human sexuality - but is not prepared for the public outrage that greets his research. Starring Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell and Peter Sarsgaard.
Cast & Crew
Alfred Seguine Kinsey
20th Century Fox
Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
video and DVD
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