By the late 1960s Hollywood abandoned the oppressive constraints of the Hays Code and started testing the limits of taste and social acceptability when it came to sex and violence in movies. Auteurs like Stanley Kubrick and Robert Altman flirted with the idea of making pornographic movies with big name stars. Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione actually achieved this goal with his trashy, big budget train wreck Caligula — a hardcore, cum-spurting, XXX historical epic that starred acting royalty such as Sir John Gielgud, Sir Peter O’Toole, and the woman who would be Queen, Dame Helen Mirren.
And that’s how you end up with sexually explicit curiosities like this scene from Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900. Here we find future two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro buck naked alongside fellow Oscar nominee Gerard Depardieu getting handjobs from Stefania Casini. (If you’re a Joe Dallesandro fan, you might recognize her from the Warhol cult classic Blood for Dracula.) Oh sure, it’s a taffy pull, but still… De Niro even touches Depardieu’s peen. And just think, this movie came out the same year as De Niro’s iconic role in Taxi Driver and two years after he won an Oscar for The Godfather: Part II.