The Italians love to believe their films are the most intelligent and thought provoking around. The French argue the same thing. truthfully, they're both guilty of being lured by the easy "sex sells" theory.
Here's a quick clip from Dino Risi's 1968 classic Il Profeta starring the '60's "it" girl Ann-Margret.
Nothing "thought provoking" about this scene....Well, unless a boner is thought provoking.