A word of warning. Like KINSEY, the film he wrote and directed, Bill Condon is direct when discussing the research that his title character carried out on human sexuality. Also like the film, it’s done with erudition, insight, and spiced with a pointed wit. When we spoke on October 28, 2004, the converstation naturally turned to how much, and how little, has changed about the American public’s attitudes about sex. Rather than an end in itself, though, it became, again like the film, a springboard into a consideration of the class structure in our supposedly “classless” society. It veered from the sexual long enough to cover the pleasures and perils of the ratings board, wrangling irises, why leading lady Laura Linney’s 20-pound weight gain was more than just historical accuracy. We started, though, with a question that may say more about me than it does about the film.
An incisive look at the father of American sex research. The film explores the effects, personal, professional, and on society as a whole of that research. The film stars Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris O’Donnell, and Timothy Hutton. Condon directed from his own script.