The First ‘Nymphomaniac’ Image Is Like a ‘Highlights’ Hidden Pictures, But with Sex Acts

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Filmmaker Lars von Trier is all about foreplay. His upcoming movie Nymphomaniac (starring Shia LaBeouf) might deal with sex addiction in the most ferociously head-on way possible — by having its actors actually sleep with each other — but until release, the writer/director is toying with his audiences. Or flirting with them, rather. Von Trier dropped some subtle sexuality in the first poster for the film, a proverbial Rorschach Test honing in on our Freudian impulses. In this latest visual venture, von Trier cranks up the volume on his provocative message, creating the equivalent to a Highlights Hidden Picture puzzle in an image just loaded with suggestive material.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.