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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Carla Gugino Cuffed in Threshold



Carla Gugino gets locked into some cuffs in the "Revelations" episode of Threshold, a defunct science fiction TV series that recently had a few episodes rebroadcast as a SciFi Channel mini-marathon of the series.

It's not a great scene in many respects: it is shot mostly in poor lighting, the shots are brief and montage-ish (I believe Gugino's character is supposed to be experiencing her captivity as a druggish, trippy scene). Gugino also has a lot of fake blood on her neck and a little on her face, though she shows no sign of pain.

I couldn't even tell how Gugino was secured for certain after watching it in slo-mo because the scene was so badly lit and shot. I think she had a set of handcuffs on each wrist, with the free end attached to a chain which was wrapped around one of the pipes behind her. But I'm just guessing.

In fact, I wouldn't even have bothered to tell anybody about this scene except for three things:

1) It's Carla Gugino, who has a hot bod and is tres sexy in my humble opinion.

2) There are a lot of very nice shots of Gugino trying to pick the lock on her cuffs, clearly not lit as the rest of the scene is, that do show the cuffs quite nicely.

3) In a move that is radically different from the norm in mainstream movies and TV shows, Gugino is dressed considerably sexier than she is in Threshold. Her character is in charge of a government program aimed at preventing a secret alien invasion of Earth, so she tends to wear a lot of power suits that do much to minimize her basic curvaceousness. But in this particular scene, Gugino wears a form-fitting white suit that shows off her rack quite nicely.

In many bondage scenes on TV and in mainstream movies, female characters are inexplicably dressed in extra fuddy-duddy garments that are considerably less form-fitting than what they usually wear. The best you can usually hope for is a character who dresses sexy in their normal scenes (think "Acapulco Heat") who DOESN'T get all fuddy-duddied up for her bondage scene.

Having an normally fuddy-duddy dressing character like Gugino's dressed sexier than normal for a bondage scene is, if not unheard of in the mainstream, extremely rare. It's not worth sending out a press release or writing a major article, but it's probably worth a blog post. Kinda like this one.

2 comments:

kdnpr said...

Got distracted by the Argentinian scene. Meant to ask about this earlier:

"In many bondage scenes on TV and in mainstream movies, female characters are inexplicably dressed in extra fuddy-duddy garments that are considerably less form-fitting than what they usually wear. The best you can usually hope for is a character who dresses sexy in their normal scenes (think "Acapulco Heat") who DOESN'T get all fuddy-duddied up for her bondage scene."

Hear this alot. There's a particular scene goofed on where kidnapped on a night out- (mini-dress), but shown with kidnapper in standard conservative attire (baggy pants & sweatshirt?)

Is there an implication in these scenes of a disguise to elude a Police dragnet?

Or just an off the wall quirk?

Just curious.

Okay, back to watching that Argentinian scene

Pat Powers said...

I really don't know why it happens, I just know I've read several reports of it happening on Brians Page, and I've encountered it once or twice: Lisa Eichorn in a chair tie in a VERY baggy sweater which well disguised her very nice rack in some suspense film, Mel Harris in a less baggy but still thick sweater in one scene, that sort of thing.

Y'know, this strikes me as a valid question for the gang over at Brians' Page ... how many scenes can they come up with where the damsel has inexplicably changed itno less revealing garments for her big bondage scene. I'll post it over there and see what we come up with.