Friday, November 9, 2012
Booty: Laffite as Sex God
What a treat it was for me to receive an email from Pam recently with the above photo attached. This rather racy theater card would have been sent to movie houses for display before and during the run of the feature. This type of advertising is a dead art, unfortunately, so something like this is valuable on many levels. Click to enlarge and note not only the details of the photo but also the beautiful preservation of the item itself.
The thing that struck both Pam and me is the overt sexuality of the picture. The Buccaneer was released in 1958, a time when we generally imagine morality as just this side of Victorian. But here, in one picture, is the classic visual of Laffite the sex god. The lady in question is not only kneeling before him but her hands rest on his knees. Her blouse is just about to treat us to a wardrobe malfunction, and she has eyes for only him. Meanwhile, he lounges in a completely relaxed if bored attitude. Legs apart, he gazes into the middle distance and one wonders whether or not a cigar is only a cigar. Regardless of what happens next, we can rest assured the Monsieur Laffite has been there and done that.
Laffite the lady killer is summed up in one picture: power, charisma, sexual tension at its highest height. Many a bodice-ripper has been - and continues to be - based on this image of Laffite the pirate.
You can watch this scene from the movie on YouTube if you've a curiosity about what put this lady with the heaving bosom in thrall to Jean Laffite. It's certainly a worthwhile Friday pastime... Tell your boss Pauline made you do it.
Header: Theater card from the 1958 version of The Buccaneer via Pam Keyes to whom I am once again very much indebted ~ thank you Pam!