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BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:545
  1. Petra Boynton, research psychologist (
  1. London

    Directed by Bill Condon. UK release date: 4 March

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    Alfred Kinsey was a complex man who became one of the most famous—and controversial—sex researchers of recent times. Although people have questioned his ethics, methods, and personal life, he remains an important figure in sexology.

    The importance of research underpins the whole of this movie about Kinsey's life and work. Cast members were required to learn about Kinsey, his study team, and his methods for taking sexual histories. Director Bill Condon decided to mirror Kinsey's interviewing technique “as a way into Kinsey's personal biography,” so the film is matter of fact about issues to do with sex, including Kinsey's own relationships and …

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