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Inside Deep Throat


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Nice Rotten Tomatoes synopsis:

 

After focusing on the decadent club scene of the 1980s with their film PARTY MONSTER, filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato travel further back in time for this documentary on the cultural impact of the '72 movie DEEP THROAT. When director Gerard Damiano unleashed the film--a witty, yet explicit X-Rated movie starring Linda Lovelace as a fellatio-crazed woman with a clitoris located in her throat--audiences flocked to it in droves. The film was a cut above standard adult fare, and attracted an unusually high percentage of female viewers who reveled in seeing a female character attain sexual satisfaction in the male-dominated world of adult films. With the public's interest piqued, controversy followed, and a court case against the movie prompted the government to try to ban the film outright. This only drew more people to it, and its combined box office is estimated at $600 million--an incredible return on the original $25,000 investment. Or was it? Damiano never made a cent from the film, while Lovelace and co-star Harry Reems made $1450 between them. Lovelace complained bitterly about her treatment on the set in her memoir--the appropriately titled ORDEAL--and Reems had to go through his own obscenity trial, during which he succumbed to the temptations of alcohol and narcotics. Damiano and Reems return to talk about their experiences here (Lovelace passed away in 2002), while the indelible impression the film left on a shocked early-'70s society is fleshed out by comments from Hugh Hefner, Germaine Greer, Camille Paglia, and many others. A truly arresting film, INSIDE DEEP THROAT offers a fascinating lesson about how little the world has changed in regard to pornography and censorship in the 33 years that have passed between Damiano's movie and this documentary.

 

 

Just saw this tonight. Very interesting to see how America's views on artistic expression and censorship really haven't changed much over time, especially with the FCC on the rampage.

 

The film itself is well put together, often insightful and funny at the same time. Some fascinating characters. The male star, director and Hugh Hefner all paint interesting impressions of the time of the release of Deep Throat and the circus that ensued.

 

Film works well either as an examination of censroship, or of a brief history of pornography and mafia in the USA, depending on what you're interested in.

 

4 Hot Costners out of 5.

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I dunno if "Inside Deep Throat" is gonna be playing near me soon but I really wanna see it 'cause I like titties. Especially when they're on movie screens.

 

Qucik warning to the prudish, you see more than jujst titties, knawhamsaying? :D

 

Check your local indie cinemas, thats where I caught this one last night.

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