Hedy Lamarr in Ekstase (1933, dir. Gustav Machaty)



In Ekstase, a 19-year-old Hedy Lamarr plays a young woman who finds out on her honeymoon that her husband is both impotent and cold. She decides to rectify the situation by finding herself a lover.

Ekstase was highly controversial in its time due to two scenes – the first was a swimming scene, in which Lamarr displayed full nudity. The other scene, pictured above, featured Lamarr & her lover kissing on a bed before his head is seen to drop out of the bottom of the frame. Much writhing ensues, making Ekstase the first non-pornographic film to depict sexual intercourse & the female orgasm onscreen (as captured through Lamarr’s facial expressions).