Other producers would take the criticism on board, or in mock of the standard, and use an implicit kiss, which would be obstructed from view just as the lips would touch, such as shielding a possible kiss by placing say a hat in front of the actors' faces, or fading to grey just as a kiss is to take place, etc. For example, producer Howard Hughes displayed Jane Russell's cleavage in The Outlaw (1943) and in The French Line (1953), which was found objectionable under the Hays Code because of Russell's "breast shots in bathtub, cleavage and breast exposure" while some of her decollete gowns were regarded to be "intentionally designed to give a bosom peep-show effect beyond even extreme decolletage".Both films were condemned by the National Legion of Decency and were released only in cut versions.
Some films containing sex scenes have been criticized by religious groups or have been banned or the subject of censorship by governments, or both.
In countries with a film rating system, films containing sex scenes typically receive a restricted classification.
Sex in film can be distinguished from a sex film, which usually refers to a pornographic film and sometimes to a sex education film.
It should also be distinguished from nudity in film, though nudity can be presented in a sexualized context.
Sex scenes have been presented in many genres of film; while in other genres, sexuality is rarely depicted.
Many actors and actresses have performed nude/partial nude scenes, as well as dress and behave in ways considered sexually provocative by contemporary standards at some point in their careers.Tinto Brass of Italy has dedicated his career to bringing explicit sexuality into mainstream cinema.His films are also notable for feminist-friendly eroticism.Nudity in film may be regarded as sexual or as non-sexual.An erotic film is usually a film that has an erotic quality that causes the creation of sexual feelings, as well as a philosophical contemplation concerning the aesthetics of sexual desire, sensuality and romantic love.Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013) sparked an international firestorm over its frank depiction of sexuality between two young women, yet managed to win the Palme d'Or, the highest prize awarded at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May 2013.