Created By: Waterlily on November 18, 2012 Last Edited By: Lyendith on December 22, 2012

Sex and Violence Montage

A sex scene is intercut with a violent scene

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Sex and violence are both aspects that people find particulary thrilling in fiction. This may be because they speak to a primal instinct in humans. Montages can also be very effective in creating excitment for the viewer. Therefore, what better than to have a montage where a violent act is intercut with a violent act?

This can be used as a contrast between love and hate, especially if the sex scene is a romantic one. It can be used to add to the devastation of the violence if the sex is also a betrayal. It can also simply be used to be cool and thrilling. This can lead to Unfortunate Implications by associating sex with violence.

Examples

Film

  • In the Canadian film Bon Cop, Bad Cop, a policeman is attacked in his home while his partner has sex with the aforementioned policeman's sister.
  • In Munich, Avner has flashbacks of the 1972 Black September killings of the Israeli Olympic athletes, while having sex with his wife. These flashbacks are interspersed with the intense lovemaking.

Live Action TV

  • On General Hospital, a mobster's right hand man is involved in a shootout while his boss has sex with the right hand man's girlfriend.
  • In "Kobol's Last Gleaming," the Season One finale of Battlestar Galactica, the show opens with a mostly wordless montage of various characters, prominently including Starbuck and Baltar having sex, intercut with Bill and Lee Adama sparring.
  • CSI:Crime Scene Investigation had an episode open with intercutting scenes of someone being brutally murdered and Catherine having sex with Vartann.

Manga

  • There is such a scene in volume 8 of Dreamland. While Terrence and Lydia have their first experience in the real world, Jimmy is fighting Attila's underlings in the Cat Kingdom in Dreamland. The scene is wordless and constantly alternates between the two actions.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • November 18, 2012
    dvorak
  • November 18, 2012
    Koveras
  • November 18, 2012
    Waterlily
    I wonder if it created in the meantime and I was too late!
  • November 18, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Film

    in Munich, Avner has flashbacks of the 1972 Black September killings of the Israeli Olympic athletes, while having sex with his wife. These flashbacks are interspersed with the intense lovemaking.
  • November 18, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Interplay Of Sex And Violence seems to encompass scenes of violent sex (or where action in the same scene alternates between sex and violence in a sort of tango), not montages flashing between distinct sex scenes and violent scenes (akin to the ending of The Godfather montaging the separate scenes of the mob hits and baptism). So I think it deserves a trope of its own--so I restored it. (Apologies if that's frowned upon here--but I found it disappeared right after I posted the above rather infamous example, which I don't think fits in with the Interplay Of Sex And Violence trope as described.)
  • November 18, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Or I suppose, if there aren't a lot of examples for either, we could combine this proposed trope with the Violence Vs Non Violence Montage proposed trope for a trope called Discordant Montage, dealing with montages (back-and-forth cuts between two or more separate scenes) that involve discordant scenes in general.
  • November 18, 2012
    Waterlily
    Awesome! I deleted this right after I heard about Interplay Of Sex And Violence without even reading it clearly because I was so embarressed. I have thin skin, I know.

    "Or I suppose, if there aren't a lot of examples for either, we could combine this proposed trope with the Violence Vs Non Violence Montage proposed trope for a trope called Discordant Montage, dealing with montages (back-and-forth cuts between two or more separate scenes) that involve discordant scenes in general."

    That's funny because they were initially one proposed trope but somebody suggested that I make seperate ones. We don't have many examples but I don't watch a lot of stuff where it would commonly appear. I say we wait a little while. If there still aren't many examples, we can combine the two.

    A funny thing is, the aformentioned scene in Bon Cop Bad Cop has elements of the other trope as well. The fight between the policeman and the burglar is a parallel of the sex scene between his sister and his partner (for example, one gets pushed down in a sexual way and then the other in a violent way). It turns the scene from exciting and sexy to kind of creepy. I'm not explaining it very well so here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDaiDEavMuw
  • November 18, 2012
    Lyendith
    • There is such a scene in volume 8 of Dreamland. While Terrence and Lydia have their first experience in the real world, Jimmy is fighting Attila's underlings in the Cat Kingdom in Dreamland. The scene is wordless and constantly alternates between the two actions.
  • November 20, 2012
    Lyendith
    Hum, bump?
  • November 21, 2012
    Waterlily
    I hope I put the Dreamland example in the right place.
  • December 1, 2012
    Lyendith
    Yes. It's either a manga or a franco-belgian comic, either is fine.
  • December 22, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the film The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud Marcia is seen masturbating in a bath while having a flashback to being raped.
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