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Generally considered the most profitable motion picture of all time, the 1972 adult film Deep Throat was more than a titillating curiosity and a huge moneymaker. Released at the very moment when the nation's movements for sexual liberation, equal rights and counter-cultural values were reaching a fever pitch, this sexually explicit film unexpectedly became the flashpoint for an unprecedented social and political firestorm-a major cultural phenomenon whose impact continues to affect us today. More than 30 years later, this film explores the phenomenon. Includes interviews with Alan Dershowitz, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Camille Paglia, John Waters, Erica Jong, Dick Cavett, Bill Maher and many others.

Review by Louise Keller:
A fascinating and hard look inside the phenomenon of the so-named pornographic film, Inside Deep Throat is revealing and revelatory. Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato zoom into close up, as their controversial documentary debates pornography and morality. First the facts. Made in 1972 for US$25,000, Deep Throat is the most profitable film of all time, having grossed over US$600,000 million. It featured nymphette Linda Lovelace, whose unique talent of performing profound blow jobs inspired the storyline of a young woman with a clitoris in her throat. Of course, in order to understand what the fuss is all about, key footage from the film is included, effectively edited with edited clips of a rocket launch and exploding fireworks.

Peppered with candid interviews from the film's makers and other personalities such as Hugh Heffner, Erica Jong, Norman Mailer and John Waters, we hear a lively debate about the porn industry, the morality of the time, politics and public opinion. Deep Throat's director Gerard Damiano was a filmmaker who believed that sex onscreen would naturally eventuate on the Hollywood big screen. But even though the film was so profitable, it was the mob that eventually profited from it. Certainly not the filmmaker, nor the actors. When the film was released, people flocked to see it. Everyone was talking about it, and the furore that followed prompted even more interest and box office.

Fame didn't bring Linda Lovelace happiness, and she died penniless in a car crash some years ago. Her lead actor Harry Reems made history by being the first actor to be prosecuted for his role in a film. The fact that he did not need to serve his 5 year sentence did not counter his punishment. He became a tragic alcoholic, but eventually turned his life around when he found Christianity.

There's plenty to think about in this excellent documentary that prises open the doors of many taboos, and draws parallels with the controversies of sex and politics. The DVD has a stack of special features, including an audio commentary by directors Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. Don't miss this one!

Published March 2, 2006

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CAST: With Gerard Damiano, Peter Bart, Carl Bernstein, Hugh Heffner, Xaviera Hollander, Larry Flynt, Erica Jong,Tony Bill, Ralph Blumenthal, Barbara Boreman, Helen Gurley Brown, Susan Brownmiller, Lenny Camp, Patsy Carroll, Dick Cavett, Wes Craven, etc

NARRATION: Dennis Hopper

PRODUCER: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Brian Grazer

DIRECTOR: Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato

SCRIPT: Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato

CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Kempner, Teodoro Maniaci

EDITOR: William Grayburn, Jeremy Simmons

MUSIC: David Benjamin Steinberg


RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes


AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 10, 2005

PRESENTATION: widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: * Audio Commentary By Directors Randy Barbato & Fenton Bailey *The Binghamton Trailer: Cliterally Speaking *Beverley Hills: Holly Gets Wood * Princeton: Deep Throat In The Suburbs[BREAK]* Cut Throat: Where In The World Is Bobby Di Salvo? * Harry Reems Athletic Club * The Tuscon Trial: Where Gerry Met Annie * The Zen Of Deep Throat * Linda Does Hollywood * Legends Of Erotica; Remembering Linda * Firedance With Me * Linda's Exit: What's The Big Deal? *The Last Word: For Now * Theatrical Trailer


DVD RELEASE: February 8, 2006

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