This is, of course the film that caused one of the biggest uproars in the gay community at the time of its release. Labyrinthine interiors and voyeuristic "peeping" shots only serve to add to the rich, manipulative character of Catherine Tramell, indicating that you only see what she wants you to see. The sequences are even put together beautifully, evoking a carefully composed puzzle; the sense of intrigue and mystery remain just as important as the heat. On the one hand, there is the powerful, iconic Catherine Tramell. The film is best viewed as a guilty pleasure, a thriller that borders on camp, but in the end, it just looks too pretty to be dismissed.
Stereotypes in film of lesbians and bisexual women as killers and psychopaths were finally discussed openly in the media — by straight and gay people alike.
Lesbian Basic Instincts...F70
Basic Instinct is a bold mash-up of Hitchcock, European sexual sensibilities and the most classic of film noir villainesses, and it sparked conversations on LGBT representation in popular culture that had previously gone unheard or ignored. In any event, there is no lesbian happy ending. As a representation of lesbians and bisexual women, Basic Instinct is, without question, problematic. When details about the movie began to leak, gay activists organized protests, claiming that the film bolstered negative lesbian stereotypes. More you may like. Labyrinthine interiors and voyeuristic "peeping" shots only serve to add to the rich, manipulative character of Catherine Tramell, indicating that you only see what she wants you to see.