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4. Civil War
Notable Examples: Cold Mountain, Gone With the Wind, Glory, Gettysburg, Dances With Wolves
All that brother-'gainst-brother stuff really fires my loins. Combine that with the sleepy, sweeping majesty of the antebellum South, and everything's all just petticoats, mint juleps in the shade, and nonstop bonin'. Except for the slavery.
3. Depression/World War II-era
Notable Examples: Atonement, Pearl Harbor, Cabaret, Public Enemies, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Raiders of the Lost Ark
My understanding of this time period is that everyone was so fit (from the Depression and working in bullet factories) and horny (from the fear of death and/or desire to kill Nazis) that it was pretty much a nonstop fuckfest right up until Eisenhower, at which point everyone stopped abruptly and put on poodle skirts. I should read more.
2. Prohibition/Jazz Age
Notable Examples: Bonnie and Clyde, The Untouchables, Chicago, The Artist, Midnight in Paris, Some Like It Hot, Boardwalk Empire
People were so hopped up on absinthe and jazz that they were literally trying to fuck flagpoles during the '20s. (That's my understanding, anyway.) You know how when you were in high school, drinking was even more fun because you also got to sneak around? That was Prohibition. Everything since then has been one long hangover. Except for...
1. The 1960s
Notable Examples: Apocalypse Now, The Doors, Animal House, Hairspray, Mad Men, American Graffiti, Hair, Dreamgirls
Say what you will about the hippies, but they got laid a lot. Granted, there was a lot of stuff during the '60s that wasn't so sexy, but decades of Boomer nostalgia, television, and film have convinced me that the entire decade was one long orgy, punctuated by extended renditions of "All Along the Watchtower" and the odd police beating. That's the kind of historical revisionism I can live with. And pleasure myself to.