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Body Parts explores the evolution of desire and "sex"-on-screen from a woman's perspective. Demystifying the often invisible processes in creating intimacy for film and television, the documentary sheds light on the most closely-guarded secrets of an industry now at a crossroads. Body Parts features candid interviews with actors and creators who are advocating for real change, including Jane Fonda, Joey Soloway, Angela Robinson, Karyn Kusama, Rose McGowan, Rosanna Arquette, Alexandra Billings, Stacy Rukeyser, Emily Meade, David Simon, and Tanya Saracho. Deftly illustrated with movie clips stretching back to Eadweard Muybridge's motion studies, Body Parts is part film-history lesson on the dominance of the heterosexual male gaze and part clarion call for employing intimacy coordinators across the entertainment field.

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Metacritic

30
Feb 2, 2023

Ironically, the film mirrors the callow cinematic dynamics it critiques: It titillates, even as it scolds.

Metacritic review by Teo Bugbee
Teo Bugbee
The New York Times
88
Feb 2, 2023

Even though many of the segments are brief, Guevara-Flanagan does a remarkably thorough job in covering such a wide range of areas. The only complaint one might have about Body Parts is it easily could have been twice as long.

Metacritic review by Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
50
Feb 2, 2023

Body Parts has too many ideas running through it to cohere around an effective thesis statement, framing the entire narrative as one of linear progress toward inclusion. It unravels in too many different directions, cramming in first-person testimony, historical overview, and social context into a too-short runtime.

Metacritic review by Christian Gallichio
Christian Gallichio
The Film Stage