Sunday, March 24, 2013

Full Appendix II: Age-discrepant & Ephebophilia Films

As I mentioned in a previous post, in an effort to condense The Allure of Nymphets, we removed some content. For example, we removed the plot summaries of the novels listed in Appendix I. And below are the plot summaries for the films with age-discrepant and/or ephebophilia plots and/or themes that are listed in Appendix II:

Absolon (2003) - In a world ravaged by disease, he [a middle-aged cop with the help of a young technician who becomes his young love interest] is the only cure... and the last hope for human-kind [IMDB].
Albatross (2011) - Beth, a bookish teenager, befriends Emilia, an aspiring novelist who has just arrived in town. Emilia soon begins an affair with Beth's father that threatens to have devastating consequences [IMDB].
American Beauty (1999) - Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father [Kevin Spacey] in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter's attractive [high school] friend [IMDB].
An American Haunting (2005) - Professor Richard Powell attempts to help a young girl who is attracted from being hunted by demons. Her mother even suggests that the professor marry the girl and take away to escape the demons. In the end, it turns out that another middle-aged man has a role in the demons hunting the girl.
An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) - Set right after World War II, a naive and somewhat perverse-minded teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool... [and begins a relationship with two middle-aged men in the theatre.]
An Education (2009) - A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy [Peter Sarsgaard], nearly twice her age [IMDB].
The Babysitter (1995) - A teenage babysitter [Alicia Silverstone] is the focus of two boys and a man's separate obsessions [IMDB].
Baby Doll (1956) - Steamy tale of two [middle-aged] Southern rivals and a sensuous 18-year-old virgin [IMDB].
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) - A father [Daniel Day-Lewis] and [teen-age] daughter [Camilla Belle] isolated on an island off the East Coast and living on a once thriving commune grapple with the limits of family and sexuality [i.e. incest] [IMDB].
Beau Pere (1981) [French] - After her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Marion falls in love with her stepfather, Remy [IMDB].
Beautiful Girls (1996) - Willie Conway (Timothy Hutton) visits his home town from New York City to attend his high school reunion. While there, he begins a relationship with a thirteen-year-old girl (Natalie Portman) after she asked him to wait five years for her so they could begin a romantic relationship.
Big Daddy (1999) - A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend [who left him for a much older man], but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father [IMDB].
The Big Sleep (1946) - Private detective Philip Marlowe [Humphrey Bogart] is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love [with a young Lauren Bacall] [IMDB].
Bilitis (1977) - A teenage schoolgirl spends the summer with a couple whose marriage is on the rocks and develops a crush on the wife. Meanwhile, she pursues a local [photographer]… and tries to find a “suitable male lover” for the wife [Film Fanatic].
Blame It on Rio (1984) - Best friends and their [teen-age] daughter’s holiday in Rio only for one [Michael Caine] to fall for the other's daughter. [Actually, his best friend’s daughter fell for him][IMDB].
Breezy (1973) - Breezy is a teen-aged hippy with a big heart. After taking a ride with a [much older] man who only wants her for sex... [they eventually fall on love.]
The Cat's Meow (2001) - Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. [The much older Hearst and Charlie Chaplin were both in love with a young Marion Davies [Kirsten Dunst] [IMDB].

Carried Away (1996) - Joseph Svenden [Dennis Hopper] is a middle-aged schoolteacher who lives on a farm with his dying mother. In his simple life there are no excitements, even in his long-time relationship with a widow. However, when a 17-year old beauty enrolls in his class, life takes an unexpected turn. She boards her horse in his barn and she then seduces him. They carry on a furtive relationship which leaves him torn between the passion and knowing that he is doing something wrong. When her indiscretion starts the inevitable scandal, many different reactions ensue [IMDB].
Chaplin (1992) - The film is structured around lengthy flashbacks as the elderly Chaplin (now living in Switzerland) recollects moments from his life during a conversation with fictional character George Hayden (Anthony Hopkins), the editor of his autobiography. Chaplin's recollections begin with his childhood of extreme poverty, from which he escapes by immersing himself in the world of the London music halls, after which he relocates to the United States [IMDB].
There are references to some of his many [age-discrepant and ephebophilia] romantic episodes (including Hetty Kelly, Mildred Harris, Georgia Hale, Marion Davies, Edna Purviance, Lita Grey, Paulette Goddard, Joan Barry and Oona O'Neill), his professional collaboration with Mack Sennett and friendship with Douglas Fairbanks[IMDB].
Circle of Two (1981) - It starred Richard Burton as a 60-year old artist who falls in love with a sixteen-year-old played by Tatum O'Neal. Controversially, O'Neal - sixteen at the time of filming - posed for a topless scene [IMDB].
Claire's Knee (1970) [French: Le genou de Claire Jérôme] - a 35-year-old diplomat, is struck by teenage girl Claire and harbours an unquenchable desire to touch her knee ... [IMDB].
The Crush (1993) - A journalist becomes the unwanted center of attention for a 14-year-old girl [Alicia Silverstone] whom proceeds to sabotage his life after he refuses her sexual advances [IMDB].
Daddy Long Legs (1955) - Daddy Long Legs (1955) is a Hollywood musical comedy film set in France, New York City, and the fictional college town of "Walston" in Massachusetts. It was one of Astaire's personal favorites, largely due to the script which, for once, directly addresses the complications inherent in a love affair between a young woman [18-years-old] and a man [Fred Astaire] thirty years her senior [that started after he adopted her from an orphanage in France and took her to New York City][Wikipedia].
Election (1999) - A high school teacher's [Matthew Broderick] personal life becomes complicated as he “works” with students [e.g. Tracy (Reese Witherspoon) who has a sexual affair with her English teacher.] during the school elections [IMDB].
Elegy (2008) – [Professor and] Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life -- which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood" -- thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student, who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher [IMDB]. This film is based on the novel The Dying Animal by Philip Roth.
Ghost World (2001) - Enid [Thora Birchand] and Rebecca [Scarlett Johansson] are social outsiders who, after graduating from high school, play a mean prank on a middle-aged geek [Steve Buscemi] [IMDB].
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) - A young peasant maid [Scarlett Johansson] working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant [love interest] and the model for one of his most famous works [IMDB].
Great Balls of Fire! (1989) The story of Jerry Lee Lewis [Dennis Quaid], arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s... [and the marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra [Winona Ryder].
Goldfish Memory (2003) - A light-hearted look at the dangers and delights of [age-discrepant] dating in contemporary Dublin [IMDB].
Guinevere (1999) - A young girl from an affluent family rebels and becomes involved with a much older photographer [IMBD]. The film was a 1999 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize nominee. It won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for Welles' screenplay [IMBD\Lankalion].
Jane Eyre (1943) - After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter [before they begin an age-discrepant relationship.][IMDB].
Last Tango in Paris (1972) - A young Parisian woman begins a sordid affair with a middle-aged American businessman [Marlon Brando] who lays out ground rules that their clandestine relationship will be based only on sex [IMDB].
Laura (1979) [French: Laura, les ombres de l'été] - Sculptor Paul meets a former great love again after a long time but is much more impressed by her 15 years old daughter Laura, who looks now like her mother when Paul was in love with her. Laura likes him very much too, but her jealous mother prevents any further contact. She allows him to make a sculpture of Laura, but only from photos. Written by Tom Zoerner
Lea (1996) [Czech] - 51-year-old Herbert Strehlow, a furniture restorer, falls in love with 21-year-old Lea, who has not spoken a word since childhood when her father killed her mother. She bears a striking resemblance to Herbert's dead wife. They get married, but their relationship seems doomed, until gradually each one manages to penetrate the mysterious world of the other, and they begin to realize that they are bound by a kind of spiritual relationship [IMDB].
Liberal Arts (2012) - When 30-something Jesse (Josh Radnor) returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for [19-year-old] Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen), a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them [IMDB].
Little Lips (1978) [Italian: Piccole labra] - A writer returns home from World War I. He has developed a very bad case of post-traumatic stress disorder. His genitalia were also blown away during the war. He contemplates suicide, but becomes interested in the 12-year-old niece of the innkeeper at the place where he is recuperating. He becomes deeply infatuated with her, but can't physically consummate any kind of relationship with her. She brightens his day, but her sexuality is just beginning to bud. When she begins to prefer a male closer to her age than the writer, the finality of the plot is set. [IMDB\Written by Ørnås].
Limelight (1952) - Calvero (Charles Chaplin), once a famous stage clown but now a washed-up drunk, saves a young dancer, Thereza Ambrose, alias Terry (Claire Bloom), from suicide. Nursing her back to health, Calvero helps Terry regain her self-esteem and resume her dancing career. In doing so he regains his own self-confidence, but his attempts to make a comeback are less successful. Terry says she wants to marry Calvero despite their age difference, although she has befriended Neville, a young composer Calvero believes would be better suited to her. In order to give them a chance, Calvero leaves home and becomes a street entertainer [IMDB].
Lisa (1990) - A 14-year-old girl mistakenly seduces a middle-aged serial killer with dire consequences [IMDB].
The Little Thief (1988) [French: La petite voleuse] - In 1950, the 16-year-old Janine lives with her uncle and aunt somewhere in France. She steals everything that she can find, with a preference for fine lingerie and American cigarettes. She leaves school and goes to work as a maid for a middle-class family. She has an affair with an older married man as well as with a boy of her age, who is also a thief [Wikipedia].
Lolita (1962/1997) - A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a 14-year-old nymphet [IMDB].
Love, Math and Sex (1997) [French: C'est la tangente que je préfère] - Sabine, an adolescent girl with a gift for mathematics becomes involved with Jiri, a 40-something man-of-the-theatre from Prague. The story of their relationship and the gradual transformation of Sabine's life as a result of it [IMDB].
Love in the Afternoon (1957) - Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a [upper] middle-aged playboy [(Gary Cooper), who seduces a teenage girl (Audrey Hepburn) that broke into his hotel suite.]
Me Without You (2001) - Two [young] best friends grow up on the Isle of Wight and in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s [and they both end up in age-discrepant relationships- one with a college professor and other with her friend’s much older brother].
Middle of the Night (1959) – A young receptionist and model begins a relationship with her upper middle-aged boss that goes back and forth as he becomes too attached and she questions the age difference.
Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) - It is the early 1900s. Distinguished philosopher Leopold (Ferrer) and his much younger fiancée, Ariel (Farrow), are going to spend a weekend in the country with Leopold's cousin Adrian (Steenburgen) and her crackpot inventor husband Andrew (Allen). Also on the guest list is womanizing doctor Maxwell (Roberts) and his latest girlfriend, free-thinking nurse, Dulcy (Hagerty). Over the course of the weekend, old romances reignite, new romances develop, and everyone ends up sneaking off behind everyone else's backs [IMDB].
Mini's First Time (2006) - A rebellious [18-year-old] girl hooks up with an escort agency where her stepfather [Alec Baldwin] is a client [before they begin an affair and will do whatever it takes to no longer keep it a secret.][IMDB].
My 5 Wives (2000) - Monte Peterson [Rodney Dangerfield], a rich real-estate developer, is going through his third divorce. His friend Ray has found a good site for a ski resort in Utah, and Monte comes to bid on the land, competing with local banker Preston Gates. Monte knew that, in order to take possession of the land, he would have to convert to the local religion, a sort of cross between Mormonism and Amish…What he didn't know was that the deed to the land also included the three [young] wives of the deceased former owner [IMDB\ Written by Jon Reeves].
Noce Blanche (1989) [French] - A [middle-aged] teacher of philosophy discovers a complicated pupil, a seventeen years old girl with a quite cynic and lucid view of the world... [IMDB]
The Misfits (1961) - A sexy [young] divorcée [Marilyn Monroe] falls for an over-the-hill cowboy [Clark Gable] who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle in early-sixties Nevada [IMDB].
Oldboy (2003) - The film follows the story of one Oh Dae-su, who is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing his captor's motives. When he is finally released, Dae-su finds himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and violence. His own quest for vengeance becomes tied in with romance when he falls for an attractive [young] sushi chef. In 2008, voters on CNN named it one of the ten best Asian films ever made. [Wikipedia].
The Opposite of Sex (1998) - A 16-year-old girl visits her [older] gay half-brother and ends up seducing his boyfriend, thus wreaking havoc on all of their lives [IMDB].
Palindromes (2004) - Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends [age-discrepant relationships] and neighbors [IMDB].
Paper Man (2009) - A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island [until the lines of friendship begin to blurr] [IMDB].
Paris, Texas (1984) - The plot focuses on an amnesiac (Harry Dean Stanton) who, after mysteriously wandering out of the Mojave Desert, attempts to re-assimilate his life with his brother (Stockwell), his seven year old son (Carson), as well as track down his former [young] wife ([Nastassja] Kinski) [Wikipedia].
Poison Ivy (1992) - A seductive [15-year-old] teen [Drew Barrymore] befriends an introverted high school student [Sara Gilbert] and schemes her way into the lives of her wealthy family [and seduces her father (Tom Skerritt)] [IMDB].
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) - A high school teacher (Rock Hudson) is seduced by his students and when they get too attached he murders them, but will the town's detective (Telly Savalas) be able to link the teacher to the murders.

The Quiet American (2002) - An older British reporter [Michael Caine] vies against a young American [Brendan Fraser] for the affections of a [young] Vietnamese beauty [IMDB].
Quills (2000) - In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade [a writer, who writes about violent age-discrepant relationships], fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.
Sade (2000) [French] - The fictional story takes place during the Reign of Terror in France and centers around the Marquis de Sade (played by Daniel Auteuil) who is imprisoned on a country estate with several other noble families, all awaiting an uncertain future. The marquis relives the adventures of his youth and befriends a [very] young woman, Emilie de Lancris (played by Isild Le Besco), whom he instructs in the secrets of love.
The Savior (1971) [French: Le sauveur] - … Nanette, a fourteen-year-old peasant girl, meets a slightly injured young man near the farm she lives on. Named Claude, he claims to be an English paratrooper, sent there to organize resistance to the Nazis. Although her parents have taught her to worship Pétain and the Germans and hate the English, Nanette accepts to hide him in the attic. Day after day she brings him food and cares for him. It does not take long before she falls in love with him and discovers the ecstasy of physical love. But after she has helped Claude to come into contact with the local resistance fighters, he disappears [IMDB\Written by Guy Bellinger].
Something's Gotta Give (2003) - A swinger [Jack Nicholson] on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age [IMDB].
Susan Slept Here (1954) - Comedy about a struggling Hollywood scriptwriter [Dick Powell] who, one Christmas Eve, receives a much unexpected present – [12-year-old] juvenile delinquent Debbie Reynolds [IMDB].
Ten North Frederick (1958) - Distinguished attorney Joseph Chapin [Gary Cooper] runs for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, but is forced to withdraw from the race after his young daughter secretly marries an older trumpet player and gets pregnant. Once Joseph’s daughter learns that her husband was blackmailed into leaving her, she moves to New York City where her past middle aged father starts an affair with her young roommate [Wikipedia]. 
Towelhead (2007) - 13-year-old Lebanese American girl named Jasira experiences a sexual awakening, sparked in part by the adult magazines she finds when baby-sitting the next-door neighbor boy Zach Vuoso. She has mixed feelings about Zach's father Mr. Vuoso (Aaron Eckhart). She prefers her classmate Thomas Bradley (Eugene Jones), who is sexually interested in her, but does not act without permission. She then goes on to be sexually active with him. Nevertheless, she accepts when Mr. Vuoso, pretending he has to go to Iraq the next morning, asks to have sex with her [Wikipedia].
Twinky (1970)/Lola (1970) - A middle aged writer [Charles Bronson] of pornographic novels meets and falls in love with a sixteen year old school girl [IMDB]. [The marriage goes well until Twinky will not let him finish his next novel.
Wish You Were Here (1987) - Sixteen-year-old Lynda Mansell (Emily Lloyd) is feisty and precocious and always shocks other people with her vulgar and saucy tongue. Bored with conventional jobs and her town's dull young men, Lynda has her first sexual experience with Dave (Jesse Birdsall) but after she has slept with one of her father's middle-aged friends (Tom Bell), her life changes [Wikipedia]
Shanghai Kiss (2007) - Liam Liu (Ken Leung), a Chinese actor dwelling in Los Angeles unwittingly gets involved with a high school girl [Hayden Panettiere]. He suddenly has to go to China after learning from his father that he has inherited his grand-mother's home in Shanghai. He's not very appreciative of his Chinese roots and at first only wants to sell the house and get back to the U.S. as fast as possible. He gets a taste of Chinese customs after meeting a girl and ends up having some big decisions to make [Wikipedia].
Stealing Beauty (1996) - Lucy Harmon, an American teenager, is arriving in the lush Tuscan countryside to be sculpted by a family friend who lives in a beautiful villa there. Once she arrives, Lucy meets and befriends a variety of eccentric locals who were companions of her mother, and begins to form relationships and connections with each of them. Lucy has decided to lose her virginity and becomes an object of intense interest to the men of the household, but the suitor she finally selects is not the initial object of her affection [Wikipedia].
Venus (2006) - The plot concerns Maurice (Peter O'Toole), an elderly actor who finds himself increasingly attracted to his friend Ian's great-niece Jessie (Jodie Whittaker), while simultaneously finding himself in deteriorating health due to prostate cancer. Maurice's friend describes the great-niece as a trouble maker and a nuisance, but Maurice discovers that Jessie warms up to him when he starts interacting with her. During the course of the film we see her do everything from exploiting him (trying to get him to buy her presents, trying to use his flat to have sex with a boy), taking care of him, flirting with him, rejecting him sexually to engaging with him as a friend [Wikipedia].