What with The Duke's esteemed position amongst scholars of the finer points of motion cinema, it won't surprise you one tiny bit, I'd wager, to learn that over the years, months, hours etc I have conducted a highly scientific anthropological study with regards one of the most under-researched areas in film.
Great usages of the word "Cunt".
Now, great usages don't necessarily have to be especially funny usages, or especially inventive usages, or even especially coherent usages. Just ones that a fella finds it hard to forget.
To get some idea of the kinda depth we're dealing with here, maybe you might wanna think back to the couple cunts Woody Allen utters in the magnificent Deconstructing Harry, i.e, The One Where Woody Gets All Dirty Mouthed And Says "Cunt", "Fuck", "Blow-Job", This Sort Of Thing.
Who can forget that shit right there? Who in their right mentals will ever have to say "No, when was that?" when someone else says "Remember when he called the woman from the school an interfering busy-body cunt?"
Nobody. Nobody will ever forget Woody saying about how demented a cunt the woman on the roof with the pistol might be.
Uttered correctly, a good "cunt" can be devastating. A perfect cunt can easily swoop right in there and rescue an otherwise abysmal motion flick. Just think how many stars The Phantom Menace jumped in your wee ratings system notebook you carry about, when Liam Neeson grabbed hold Jar-Jar and warned him something along the lines of; "You don't shut your fucking yap you Gungan cunt I'm gonna kick the balls right out your face."
Used to be, though, a man had to look far and wide to find a half-decent "cunt" in cinema, or at least any cinema that doesn't involve cockney wideboys in a Borstal or a "youth gang" of some kind. For sure, every time Ray Winstone opens his mouth there's gonna be a half-dozen "cunts" tripping from his flabby jowls, but recently the "cunt" has become almost acceptable regardless of the yap doing the flinging, a kinda cosy affair, almost. Like maybe when you go round to your Gran's and she makes you some of that custard shite she used to force down your throat when you were a malcontent fresh outta juvie. It warms the cockles to hear a friendly "cunt" from out Geoffery Rush or Haley Joel Osmont. "Oi, Willis, you cunt", he said. "Get the white vest on or get the cunt out my cunting apartment, ghost boy."