Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Film Review - Inside Deep Throat

Inside Deep Throat (2005)

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Featuring: Dennis Hopper, Harry Reems

In 1972, the film Deep Throat became the first porn film to hit mainstream cities across America, ultimately grossing more than 600 million dollars, and with a budget of $25,000 has actually become the most profitable film in motion picture history. Inside Deep Throat takes a look at the making of the film and all of its principal players, from its stars, Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems, to its director, producer and even location scouts and distributors. It examines the impact the initially silly blue movie written for and around a star who had amazing oral sex skills that ended up becoming a hot button issue among politicians, feminists and supporters of the first amendment.

Inside Deep Throat was produced by Brian Grazer, which I found interesting since I wouldn't exactly categorize him as "edgy", through HBO films, who normally produce quality programming. This film was no exception and it absolutely pulls no punches in terms of content or controversy. Anyone who is still alive who had any part in making Deep Throat is interviewed, along with pop culture figures, politicians, writers and psychologists who not only saw the film when it was released, but were able to discuss its impact first hand. Archival footage and photographs, intertwined with film of events showing where the world was at during this time and why Deep Throat was such a "threat" to the fragile American infrastructure is expertly edited, while Hopper's narration provides a laid back, California-cool familiar voice.

Personally, I've never seen the film Deep Throat, though its notoriety did not escape me prior to seeing this documentary, and Inside Deep Throat didn't make me want to run out and rent it. I don't think that was the objective of this documentary, however, since the lasting impression it left on me was that regardless of the subject matter, obscenity laws and censorship are steps back on the evolutionary scale of our country. It also showed me that marketing and word of mouth (pun intended) are gold in the self-promotion business. More informative than titillating, Inside Deep Throat was very interesting viewing and an excellent snapshot of America during one of its most troubling times, socially, economically and politically.

3.5 out of 5 Stars

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