This is a companion thread to Tigger’s one on songs about members of the oldest profession.
How have they been portrayed in the cinema?
My guess is that there will be two kinds of films at quite different ends of the spectrum.
On one hand we will have a sentimentalized portrait of happy hookers, tarts with a heart and jolly bordelos.
On the other directors will be sensationalistically rubbing our noses into the miseries of STDs, trafficking, violence, exploitation and human misery.
The latter probably is nearer to my view of prostitution but I’m not sure how many of those kind of films I want to sit through.
Are there more nuanced perspectives?
Whores, rent boys, hookers,gigolos, pimps, brothels, trafficking: any interesting films on the topic of people who make their living by selling sex, please.
I’ll kick off with Saint Jack, a film featuring a pimp with a heart of gold which I enjoyed back in the day.