Inside Deep Throat
2005
Featuring interviews with the stars, this fascinating documentary 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.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

You can't make a boring film about sex (unless you're Catherine Breillat). Watching Inside Deep Throat is exciting, partly because of the sex but mostly because the sex makes every interview subject so excited. While the documentary is aimless in its exploration of its subject, veering between themes like censorship, independent filmmaking, crime, and bottomed-out lives without a clear purpose, it does feature a lot of interesting people and lives along the way. The most affecting is Linda Lovelace, who famously and spoke out against pornography years later in a futile effort to erase the sins that ruined the rest of her life. Her false claims about being forced to perform at gunpoint weakened her argument, and Inside Deep Throat's impossible claims about the porn film's sky-high box-office tally also diminish its authority, but it's still a entertaining look at a cultural flashpoint of the seventies.

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