Yesterday afternoon The Hollywood Reporter‘s Jay Fernandez quoted an amsuing excerpt from Peter Bart‘s “Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob, (and Sex)” (Weinstein, 5.3.11). It concerns the fabled Julie Christie-Donald Sutherland sex scene from Nicolas Roeg‘s Don’t Look Now (’73), and whether or not the couple actually “did it” during filming.

According to Fernandez, who’s read galleys of the book, Bart unequivocally says “they were fucking on-camera.”

The following exchange happened between Bart and Roeg on the Venice set as this scene was being shot. Bart: “Nic, don’t they expect you to say cut?'” Roeg: “I just want to be sure I have the coverage.” Bart: “His dick is moving in and out of her. That’s beyond coverage.”