Films on Porn

Porn: The Business of Pleasure

Documentary CNBC Originals 2009 NR 43 minutes. CNBC takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look inside the multibillion-dollar business of pornography, from the threats to its profitability to exclusive interviews with the industry’s biggest stars.

Middle Men

Docudrama 2009 R 112 minutes. An entrepreneur develops an online billing company specializing in adult entertainment. But as the firm takes off, he finds some unexpected kinks in the business of kink — including mobsters, the FBI, con men and terrorists.

Naked Ambition
An R-Rated Look at an X-Rated Industry

Documentary 2009 R 81 minutes. Celebrity photographer Michael Grecco journeys to Las Vegas to capture candid behind-the-scenes images of adult film stars at the American porn industry’s premier trade show, with the goal of compiling portraits for his coffee-table book.

The Price of Pleasure

Documentary 2008 NR 55m. Interviewing scholars, industry insiders and consumers, this probing documentary delves into the effects of pornography on one’s sexual identity and relationships, as well as its influence on business and American popular culture overall.

Inside Deep Throat

Documentary 2005 NC-17 90 minutes. This fascinating documentary by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato examines the goings-on behind the porn film that grew to become an icon, Deep Throat, which made more money than its producers anticipated and ignited a sexual and social revolution. Bailey and Barbato’s film features interviews with Deep Throat’s stars, Linda Lovelace and Harry Reams, plus commentary by director John Waters and writers Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal.

Writer of O
(Ecrivain d’O)

Documentary 2005 NR 80 minutes. Published in 1954 under a pseudonym, the erotic novel The Story of O, an engrossing exploration of the relationship between sexuality and power, became a worldwide sensation. But the author’s true identity remained a mystery until 1994, when Dominique Aury, a literary editor, revealed herself to be the writer. In this documentary, director Pola Rapaport uncovers Aury’s inspiration for one of the most scandalous works in modern fiction. Anne Desclos was a French journalist and novelist who wrote under the pseudonyms Dominique Aury and Pauline Réage.

American Porn

Documentary Frontline 2002. It’s one of the hottest industries in America — and with adult movies, magazines, retail stores, and the growth of the Internet — business is booming. The Bush administration has pledged a new attack on the porn industry and for the first time in years, there’s a renewed interest in mounting prosecutions. On Thursday, February 7, as the first jury trial for obscenity since 1993 is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles, Frontline investigates “American Porn” and the pending political battle that will soon engulf the multibillion dollar business and its distribution partners — some of America’s best known corporations.

The Girl Next Door

Documentary 1999 NR 86 minutes. In 1995, at the urging of her then-husband, an Oklahoma housewife submitted a topless photo of herself to a men’s magazine, thus launching her phenomenal career as porn star Stacy Valentine. In this eye-opening and refreshingly even-handed film, Valentine candidly discusses the inner-workings and occupational hazards of the adult entertainment world, touching on the glamour — and frequent emptiness — of life in “the business.”

Boogie Nights

Drama 1997 R 155 minutes. Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic about the adult film industry stars Mark Wahlberg as a nightclub busboy who transforms himself into porn king Dirk Diggler and ultimately becomes intoxicated by success, cocaine and lofty aspirations. Set in the 1970s, the film features Oscar-nominated supporting performances by Burt Reynolds as skin-flick auteur Jack Horner and Julianne Moore as a veteran porn icon with maternal instincts.

Death of a Porn Queen

Documentary Frontline 1986. She was from Minnesota. Young, pretty, and fresh. She went to Hollywood in search of a dream and found herself in X-rated movies, on drugs, and estranged from her family and friends. Correspondent Al Austin retraces her story, discovering why after two years as a porn queen, she took her own life.

Hardcore

Drama 1979 R 108 minutes. Desperate father Jake (George C. Scott) investigates the seedy world of pornographic movies as he tries to locate his runaway daughter in this drama. After discovering that she is starring in X-rated films, Van Dorn leaves his serene Michigan neighborhood and heads to Los Angeles to track her down. He hires a sleazy investigator (Peter Boyle), and the two immerse themselves in the industry on the hunt for Jake’s daughter. “Hardcore” is a movie that was unusual for it’s time (the late 70’s), and it remains so today. The idea that George C. Scott would play a deeply religious father from Michigan who has to travel to California when he finds out that his daughter has run away to become a porn actress… Well a movie with that premise has to be either very good or very bad, and in this case it’s all good. The movie works on several levels, first and foremost the sense of time, place, and accuracy of detail as Scott’s character moves from the Midwest to the mean streets of L.A. and eventually San Francisco are all nailed down perfectly (if nothing else the movie works as a time capsule). Beyond that the depiction of the porn business and the general outline of what life as a sex worker is like is captured faithfully (a lot better than “Boogie Nights” ever did). Finally we have Scott’s performance, which is a masterpiece and holds the film together since he is in nearly every scene. And don’t overlook Peter Boyle, who supplies yet another of his many underrated supporting performances. This movie was weakly remade a few years ago as “8MM”, but if you want my advice, rent this one since it’s the real deal – a great 70’s movie.

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