Blonde, with full sensuous lips and a certain subtle luminescence to her skin, she projects an air of sexuality mixed with an almost childlike vulnerability that reminds some viewers of Marilyn Monroe. She seemed terrified inside. As shot, the film, from the novel of the same name by Elizabeth McNeill, contains some explicit scenes with none-too-subtle overtones of sado-masochism, as the two engage in sexual games that become more and more uncontrolled. Elizabeth finally calls a halt and they separate. The controversial subject matter and the more explicit sado-masochism in some of the scenes proved so alienating to preview audiences that the film was severely cut, and its opening repeatedly delayed. There appears also to have been some tension on the set, according to Adrian Lyne, the film's director, about the method he used to elicit the performance he deemed necessary from Miss Basinger. People watching the shooting, he said, who did not understand the rationale behind the approach, sometimes became disturbed at the intensity of the emotions the actress and director displayed - from rage to despair - as they worked together.
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The film is based on the memoir of the same name by Austrian-American author Ingeborg Day. McGraw is a New York City art gallery employee who has a brief yet intense affair with a mysterious Wall Street broker. The film was completed in , but did not get released until February The title of the film refers to the duration of a relationship between Wall Street arbitrageur John Gray and divorced SoHo art gallery employee Elizabeth McGraw in her early 30s. John initiates and controls the various experimental sexual practices of this volatile relationship to push Elizabeth's boundaries.