Some Documentary Films Relating to Pornography
The point of this list is not to celebrate or recommend pornography,
but simply to aid in learning about resources for exploring an interesting
and important subject in the modern social environment. For whoever is
interested, for whatever reason.
Some of the following films are rated X. Most are either
Rated R or NC-17 or Unrated. These are all documentary (educational)
films, they are not pornography. They do contain nudity. I've seen
most of these. Rather than a selected list of recommended films, I have
tended toward completeness here (since I haven't seen anything like this
anywhere else and I seem to be a compulsive listmaker). There is a wide
range of viewpoints among these films, some are objective and purely
educational, some are fun celebrations, some may be a bit sleazy, and
some are very critical of the subject. Most are DVDs unless otherwise noted.
In no particular order....
See Also: Documentaries About Human Sexuality
Thinking XXX (2006 - 60min) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Official Site: www.thinkingxxx.com
Director's Website: www.greenfield-sanders.com
The Book: XXX: 30 Porn Star Portraits www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0821257455
A famous top-class photographer decides to make a book of photos of
porn stars. 60 photos, 30 porn stars, 2 photos of each, same posture,
one with clothes on, one with clothes off. This film documents the process
of making the book. Lots of interesting commentary from various intellectuals
such as Gore Vidal and John Waters, as well as interviews with the porn stars.
Includes lots of men, some of whom work in gay porn.
Made for HBO. Rated TV-MA. "Includes full frontal nude images of both men and
women." Excellent film, smart and well-done. Recommended.
Pornography - The Secret History of Civilization (2000 - 312min) Fenton Bailey, Chris Rodley, Dev Varma, Kate Williams
Amazon (DVD 03/07/06 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CSUNU2
Six episodes, 5 hours, on 2 DVDs (released in 2006). Very interesting,
thorough, serious history of pornography. The six episodes are:
The Ruins of Pompei, The Printing Press, Photography, Film, Video, and
the Internet. Note the correlation between the history of pornography
and the history of media. Recommended. Netflix has this.
Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look at an X-Rated Industry (2009 - 81min) Michael Grecco
Official Site: www.nakedambition.com
Based on the director's 2009 book of the same name (not to be confused with
the earlier book Naked Ambition: Women Who are Changing Pornography
by Carly Milne). Yes, it is another documentary based on the making of an
art photo coffee table book of pornstars (see Thinking XXX above).
This one aims to be a little more accessible, more presentable (less
nudity - just a few bare chests) and covers a wider subject - the culture
of porn. Photos are taken at the 2006
AVN Expo in Las Vegas and at the 2006 AVN Awards. Lots of interesting talks
with porn stars, lots of looking around at the AVN Expo. Covers a lot, many
angles explored, lots to think about, fast-paced, very interesting, fun film.
Special features - 2 trailers, Spanish subtitles, 18 minutes of deleted scenes.
Aroused (2013 - 73min) Deborah Anderson
Director's Website: deborahanderson.com
Amazon (DVD 06/04/13 Arc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BSU0FK6/
Amazon (Book): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0989374408/
Review at Village Voice: www.villagevoice.com/2013-05-01/film/porn-doc-aroused-is-deep-as-tube-of-lipstick/
Another film made while producing a book of photos. Interviews 16 female
After Porn Ends (2010 - 94min) Bryce Wagoner
Official site: www.afterpornends.com/
Well done, thought-provoking film. Talks to a dozen or so ex-pornstars,
with various reasons for leaving porn and various different feelings about it.
Interviewees: Mary Carey, Houston, Crissy Moran, Raylene, Asia Carrera,
Seka, Randy West, Amber Lynn, Shelley Lubben, Bill Margold, Tyffany Millon,
John Leslie, Nina Hartley, Richard Pacheco, Luke Ford, Dr. Neil Malamuth.
The only extra features on the DVD are 3 extended interviews: Amber Lynn
(25min), Nina Hartley (22min), Houston (15min). Recommended.
After Porn Ends 2 (2017 - 90min) Bryce Wagoner
Official site: www.afterpornends2.com/
Interviewees: Lisa Ann, Tabitha Stevens, Ginger Lynn, Janine Lindemulder,
Brittany Andrews, Chasey Lain, Johnnie Keyes, Darren James, Georgina Spelvin.
Graphic Sexual Horror (2009 - 86min) Anna Lorentzon, Barbara Bell
Official Site: www.graphicsexualhorror.com
Interview with Barbara Bell by Bougieman: bougieman.livejournal.com/436907.html
Review at CarnalNation.com: carnalnation.com/content/24261/921/graphic-sexual-horror-documentary
Review at SinsOfCinema.com: sinsofcinema.com/Reviews/Graphic-Sexual-Horror-Review.php
Review at New York Press: www.nypress.com/article-19454-whip-smart.html
Article at Pro-Porn Activism Blog: bppa.blogspot.com/2009/09/graphic-sexual-horror-part-deux.html
Amazon (DVD 08/10/10 Synapse Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003PNKM5W
Award-winning behind-the-scenes look at the bondage website insex.com.
Very intense, probably too much for most people, extremely interesting and
an important film in dealing with issues of free speech. Ironically, it
has had trouble in distribution chains (see blog postings at official site).
As of AUG 2010 - DVD can be ordered at Amazon. Netflix has this listed (can
put in Saved Queue), but no telling if they will decide to carry it.
Pornstar - The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2002 - 76min) Scott J. Gill
Official Site: www.ronjeremy-themovie.com
Ron is one of the most famous porn stars, though not particulary attractive
(sometimes called "the hedgehog"). Very funny (and perhaps sad) and
entertaining look at his life in the business. (Note that there is a
"censored" R-rated version of this DVD, as well as the Unrated,
Inside Deep Throat (2005 - 90min) Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbatos
Official Site: www.insidedeepthroatmovie.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A1INIU
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inside_deep_throat/
Explores the sociological phenomenon of the release of this early classic
porn film in America in the 1970's. Lots of controversy. (Note that there is
an R-rated version of this DVD, which is the censored version. The NC-17 is
the uncensored one).
Linda Lovelace's Loose Lips (2013 - 60min)
Amazon (DVD 12/17/13 MVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ERH14U2/
An interview with Linda Lovelace filmed just before her death in 2002.
American Stag (2006 - 67min) Ben Meade
From the DVD cover: "This film examines the "stag" film not as much for the
subject matter or lack of production value, but as a metaphor and reflection
of American poplular culture. Featuring film footgage from the largest private
"stag" film collection in North America, American Stag is an amazing study of
subterranean phenomena of cinema in the western world."
Very interesting. About 1,000 stag films were made in America from about
1920 until about 1970, mainly brief (10-15 minutes), mainly silent, mainly
black and white.
The Dark Side of Porn (2005-2006) BBC TV
This BBC TV Series features 9 films, each focussing on a different aspect
of pornography. Each is by a different director and each is about an hour or
less in length. These are all very interesting well-done documentaries.
Although they all seem fairly well-balanced (neither obviously pro nor
anti porn) they definitely cover some dark and disturbing subjects, certainly
not presenting a glamorous view. With the exception of episodes 3 and 4,
these don't seem to be available on DVD. I think if you google around you will
find places to watch these online. Have been shown on Sundance Channel.
Episode 1 - Porn Shutdown (2005 - 49min) Richard Sanders
Details the 2004 incident of a pornstar's
HIV infection causing most of the San Fernando Valley porn industry to
shut down while anyone who could have been infected could be identified.
Episode 2 - Diary of a Porn Virgin (2005 - 49min) Simon Egan
Follows some newcomers as they try out for the industry.
Episode 3 - Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered (2005 - 48min) Francis Hanly
This episode has been released separately on DVD (which includes Episode 4,
Death of a Pornstar, as a special feature).
Episode 4 - Death of a Pornstar (2005 - 47min) Sarfraz Manzoor
The story of Lolo Ferrari, who had the largest breasts in the world, having
undergone many enlargements. Her original name was Eve Valois. She died in 2000
under suspicious circumstances, with many suspecting her husband, Eric Vigne.
Episode 5 - Amateur Porn (2006 - 49min) David Clews
Explores the world of amateur pornography, said to be a fast-growing segment
of the UK's 1 billion pound per year porn industry. Looks at 4 characters -
James, who likes to film himself having sex with his girlfriends, Ellie,
a porn director who makes films with first-time men and couples, Antony,
who hopes to become a porn star, but doesn't seem quite up to it, and Leanne,
who was in a homemade film and now has to deal with it being released on DVD.
Episode 6 - Me And My Slaves (2006 - 61min) David Barrie
Indepth look at a sado-masochist master named Rick, who is ready to quit
the business after 25 years. He is a very complex character and this is
quite an interesting psychological portrait. This is probably the most
shocking of the series, going a bit farther than most people would be able
to handle even watching. Apparently Rick's real name is Shaun O'Driscoll,
as there is a book by the name Me and My Slaves, which is his
autobiography. The book is on Amazon here:
Episode 7 - Hunting Emmanuelle (2006 - 60min) Jan Wellmann
Examines the effect on society of the film Emmanuelle, which premiered
in Paris in 1974, igniting much controversy.
Episode 8 - Does Snuff Exist (2006 - 48min) Evy Barry
Very thorough look at the subject. Starts with the FBI definition of a snuff
film: 1 - It must be a visual depiction, such as a film, video or photos.
2 - A person is shown alive in the beginning and dead at the end. 3 - The
motivation for the killing is that the script requires it. 4 - The purpose of
the film is for sexual arousal. 5 - The film is commercially distributed.
Looks at some famous fake snuff films - Snuff,
Cannibal Holocaust (1981 - banned in the UK until 1984),
Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985 Japanese), Faces of Death
(banned in 46 countries - many faked scenes and some found footage).
Looks at some cases of serial killers who filmed their crimes (not technically
considered snuff films). Lots of speculation about the existence
of the real thing.
Episode 9 - The Real Animal Farm (2006) Molly Mathieson
Starts out discussing an untitled uncredited VHS collection of bestiality
films that showed up in the UK around 1980 which came to be known
as "Animal Farm". At the time this was very shocking and controversial.
This turns out to be taken from the over 40 films that Bodil Joensen
("The Boar Girl") made in Denmark. During the 1970's Denmark was the center
for hardcore porn, having relaxed censorship laws in 1969. The film looks at
Bodil's tragic life. Raised by an abusive Christian mother, she was violently
raped by a stranger at a train station at age 12. Her mother blamed her
and beat her. Her repsonse to her mother was "I will fuck boars."
She left home at age 15. Later she had a farm and used it as a studio for
films depicting her having sex with various animals. Her life spiralled down
in the 80's until her death from cirrhosis in 1985. Today there are
supposedly over 2 million websites featuring bestiality.
Bodil Joensen at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodil_Joensen
Stalags - Holocaust and Pornography in Israel (2007 - 63min) Ari Libsker
Official Site: www.stalags.com
Tells the story of "stalags" - pornographic pocket books popular in the 1960's
in Israel which depicted female Nazi prison guards sexually abusing prisoners.
There is No Sexual Rapport (2011 - 79min) Raphael Siboni
Amazon (DVD 10/01/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EA8K6MU
Assembled from thousands of hours of unused footage from shoots by French
porn director Herve P. Gustave (known as HPG).
Rated X - A Journey Through Porn (1999 - 92min) Dag Yngvesson
Interesting look at the business. Lots of interviews. Seems to be from a
critical point of view.
The Secret Lives of Adult Stars (2004 - 84min) Doug Jacobson
Lots of interviews with insiders.
Public Sex, Private Lives (2013 - 71min) Simone Jude
Official Site: www.publicsexprivatelives.com/title/tt2281419/
A close look at the lives of three female porn stars: Lorelei Lee, Princess
Donna, and Isis Love. As of NOV 2014, does not seem to be available on DVD.
The Girl Next Door (2000 - 82min) Christine Fugate
The story of Stacey Valentine.
Desperately Seeking Seka (2002 - 52min) Christian Hallman, Magnus Paulsson
Review at Pop Matters: www.popmatters.com/film/reviews/d/desperately-seeking-seka.shtml
Lots of interviews with various people from the industry who worked with Seka.
The second half of the film is an interview with Seka in her home
in Chicago. Seka was one of the more beautiful, intelligent and classy
porn stars, known as the "Platinum Princess of Porn". She was in over
200 films, mainly from about 1978-1984.
Rated X (contains scenes from porn films).
WADD: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes (1998 - 105min) Alan Smithee, Wesley Emerson, Cass Paley
Interview with Director: www.gettingit.com/article/214
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003EUOXE2
John Holmes at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Holmes_(pornograpic_actor)
John Holmes was a legendary porn star said to have the largest penis in the
business (no definitive measurements, but sometimes said to be 10" or up to
13.5"). The Dirk Diggler character in the film Boogie Nights is
loosely based on him. Rated XXX. The double-disc version of the
Wonderland DVD includes a censored version of this film.
Amazon (Wonderland 2-disc DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00014WAWQ
IMDB indicates that director Alan Smithee is really Wesley Emerson and
Wesley Emerson is really Cass Paley - or something like that.
John Holmes: The Man, The Myth, The Legend (2004)
Out of Print. There is a censored version and an uncensored version.
(I have not seen this one)
XXXL: The John C. Holmes Story (2000 - 50min) Dave Hills
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002GUBX4E
(I have not seen this one)
Exhausted: John C. Holmes, The Real Story (1981 - 72min) Julia St. Vincent
(I have not seen this one)
Sex: The Annabel Chong Story (2000 - 86min) Gough Lewis
X-Rated Ambition: The Traci Lords Story (2003 - 48min) Simon Kerslake BBC TV
Traci's Website: www.tracilords.com/
Covers the first few years of Traci's fame, when she rose to the top of the
porn world, appearing in over 50 films in 1984-1985, before it was discovered
that she was 15 when she started, rather than 21, as her fake ID indicated.
This almost brought the industry down, as all of her films had to be recalled,
and legal charges were being brought against many people who had worked
with her. These charges were all later dropped when it was found that her
fake ID had even fooled the government into issuing her a passport. Though
many of her porn films might be considered classics, they are also considered
child porn. Against all odds, and after having been largely shunned by the
porn world, Traci launched a fairly successful career in mainstream films.
Sex and Fame: The Mary Millington Story (1996) Jim Adamson
A Real Sex Xtra: Katie Morgan: A Porn Star Revealed (2005 - 27min) Dan Chaykin
HBO TV special. Surprisingly interesting interview with the perky Katie Morgan,
sitting naked on a chair.
Katie Morgan on Sex Toys (2007 - 30min) Dan Chaykin
HBO TV special.
Katie Morgan's Porn 101 (2007 - 30min) Dan Chaykin
HBO TV special.
Katie Morgan's Sex Tips (2008 - 30min) Dan Chaykin
HBO TV special.
Playboy's The Story of X (1998 - 82min) Chuck Workman
Subtitled: 100 Years of Adult Film and Its Stars
Sex Life in L.A. (1999 - 91min) Jochen Hick
A German documentary filmmaker looks at the gay porn industry in L.A.
(have not seen). Unrated.
Sex/Life in L.A. 2: Cycles of Porn (2005 - 104min) Jochen Hick
A followup look at the gay porn industry, revisiting characters from the
previous film. Lots of explicit gay sex acts. Unrated.
Exposed: The Making of a Legend (2005 - 97min) Mr. Pam
Details the making of the award-winning gay porn film Buckleroos. The director,
Mr. Pam, is also the director of BuckleRoos. (have not seen). Unrated.
The Joy of Porn: My Life as a Feminist Photographer (2009 - 65min) Petra Joy
Official Site: www.petrajoy.com
Shooting Porn (1997 - 70min) Ronnie Larsen
VHS, out of print.
Hard Trip (2003 - 90min) Alberto D'Ofrio
Indie Sex (2007 - 199min) Lesli Klainberg, Lisa Ades
Like the 2 films below (This Film is Not Yet Rated, and Sex at 24
Frames Per Second), this is not really about pornography, but explores
the area just this side of the boundary. The first disc of this 2-DVD
set contains 3 episodes of the Independent Film Channel's TV series,
Indie Sex - Censored, Teens, and Extremes, each about an hour long.
The second disc contains bonus features, including a shorter episode of
Indie Sex titled Taboos. Excellent exploration of sex in cinema. You could
watch this with a notebook and come away with a huge list of (non-porn) films
to see. I enjoyed this a lot and recommend it. Unrated.
This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006 - 98min) Kirby Dick
An investigation into the NCAA movie ratings system. The ratings organization
is so secretive that Kirby hires private investigators to find out just who
these people are. (Many spying tricks are revealed). Interviews with
many censored filmmakers, such as John Waters. Many interesting ideas are
explored. Including the crazy notion that you can have all the bloody
violence you want in a movie (great for kids of all ages!) but we must
all be protected from seeing any depiction of human sexuality.
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2002 - 98min) Kevin Burns
Explores the boundaries of sex in cinema from the beginning until today.
There is an R-Rated version (Marilyn skirt blowing picture on cover) and
and an unrated version (nude Marilyn on cover).
Hollywood Uncensored (1987 - 75min) James Forsher
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E1P2C6
Looks at censorship in moives. Hosted by Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Peter Fonda.
Art of Erotica: The Outsiders (2011 - 82min) Hilton Ariel Ruiz
AKA: The Outsiders Original Title: Rogues, Rebels and Renegades: The Art of An Outlaw
Looks at the art of four photograpers and an illustrator and asks
whether their art is pornographic. (have not yet seen)
I Am A Sex Addict (2006 - 99min) Caveh Zahedi
Official Site: www.iamasexaddictthemovie.com
Director's Website: www.cavehzahedi.com
If you saw Waking Life, Caveh has a segment where he talks about
making films. This film is the story of his sex addiction. It is presented
in a humorous way and I didn't realize how real and serious it was until
the part near the end where he is going to Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings
and crying. Very interesting film. Took some guts to make. Recommended.
The Skin Business (2012 - 90min) Adrianna D. Hermans
Amazon (DVD 07/23/13 Fenix Pictures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BBOV5I
Explores the making of porn parody films.
Dancing for Dollars (2002 - 90min) Paul Borghese
This is a documentary about strippers in Canada. Not Rated.
Portraits of a Naked Lady Dancer (2005 - 72min) Deborah Rowe, Sean Harris
Three dancers who work at a strip club in Washington DC talk about thier
lives and about stripping. Interviews are intercut with scenes of
the dancers stripping in the club, which features full nudity. The filmmakers
spent 2 years getting to know these women and then tracked them down five
years later to revisit their lives. Interesting. Not rated.
Live Nude Girls Unite (2000 - 70min) Julia Query, Vicki Funari
Netflix has this.
Stripped - Exposing the Business of Baring It All (2001 - 74min) Jill Morely
The director goes undercover as stripper. Netflix has this.
Strip Club King - The Story of Joe Redner (2008 - 80min) Shelby McIntyre
Very interesting story of the owner of the Mons Venus in Tampa, Florida,
one of the most famous strip clubs in the world. He has fought many battles
over first ammendment rights to keep his club open. Recommended.
Naked Feminist (2005 - 58min) Louisa Achille
Hard to find - have not seen. Netflix has this.
Sex Bomb (2004 - 49min)
British Channel 4 TV Secret History Series
The story of Sefton Delmer, "His Majesty's Pornographer". The Nazis used
pornography as propaganda in WW2 and Great Britain fought back in kind.
(search the torrents for this one).
9 To 5 Days in Porn (2010 - 95min) Jens Hoffmann
Somehow seemed a little sleazier than some similar films.
Fluffy Cumsalot, Pornstar (2003 - 57min) Nathan S. Garfinkel
Director's Website: www.unitednathanproductions.com
Fun and interesting. Interviews with many pornstars at 2001 AVN awards
on the subject of how pornstars get their stage names.
Pornucopia - Going Down in the Valley (2004)
HBO TV Series - 6 30-minute episodes
A fun, non-critical look at the industry, focussing on the San Fernando
Valley in California. Features several porn stars, shows some shoots,
talks with some directors.
American Porn (2001 - 60min) Michael Kirk
PBS / Frontline / WGBH
Explores legal, business, political, cultural issues.
Page at PBS site above has interesting links section. Click on SHOP PBS to
purchase DVD. "Edited" version or "unedited" verison can be watched online.
DVD is unedited version. Have not seen.
Porn-O-Rama (1992 - 150min) Paul Norman
All five 30-minute episodes of TV series hosted by Ron Jeremy and
Alexis De Vell. Netflix has this.
The New Erotic (2010 - 94min) Ramzi Abed
Director's Website: www.bloodshotpictures.com
La Petite Morte (2003 - 41min) Emmanuelle Schick Garcia
Director's Website: www.japanesepopsongs.com
Distributor's Website: www.vodeo.tv/4-32-5886-la-petite-morte.html
Award-winning French film about porn business in Paris.
Adult Entertainment: Disrobing an American Idol (2007 - 108min) Lance Tracy
The director says this is not a documentary about the porn industry and is
not pro or anti porn. He says it is a documentary about the effects, if any,
of explicit media and entertainment on consumers. NOTE - Amazon says this is
a DVD-R, rather than a DVD. Have not seen.
The Price of Pleasure - Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships (2008 - 55min) Chyng Sun, Miguel Picker
Official Site: www.thepriceofpleasure.com
MEF (Media Education Foundation): www.mediaed.org
Amazon (DVD 11/30/10 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003XKNGOG
The DVD can be purchased for $29.95 from MEF or the official site above.
You can watch a full-length preview at MEF. The DVD includes "edited"
and "unedited" versions. UPDATE: The DVD has been reissued (11/30/10) by
Cinema Libre - much cheaper at Amazon than original MEF DVD.
This film is from an extremely critical point of view.
A lengthy critique of this film (with comments) can be found at the
Pro-Porn Activism Blog here:
Part 1: bppa.blogspot.com/2008/10/price-of-pleasure-deconstructed-part.html
Part 2: bppa.blogspot.com/2008/10/price-of-pleasure-deconstructed-part_15.html
Part 3: bppa.blogspot.com/2008/10/price-of-pleasure-deconstructed-part_16.html
Part 4: bppa.blogspot.com/2008/10/price-of-pleasure-deconstructed-part-4.html
Hardcore Profits (2009) BBC TV
2 60-minute episodes, first broadcast on BBC AUG 31 2009.
Description from BBC:
"Tim Samuels explores the rising pervasiveness of
pornography, discovers how new technology is changing porn, and questions
porn films' reluctance to portray safe sex on screen. Samuels reveals
that pornography is becoming more extreme, yet
despite this, companies that are household names seem surprisingly
pleased to make money from it. He finds out that extreme porn is making
extreme profits for internet search engines and even pension funds.
On set in America, Tim speaks to porn actors who say they feel increasing
pressure to undertake hardcore sex acts. He talks to the godfather of porn,
Larry Flynt, and discovers that even he thinks porn is going too far.
However, there are more and more companies keen to cash in and collect
porn's dirty dollars. A whistleblower tells him there is a Catholic
investment fund that appears happy to profit from porn distributors,
so he travels to Rome for a heated interview with the head of
Christian Brothers Investment Services."
Traffic Control - The People's War on Internet Porn
The first of three films from Living Biography to cover the subject of
2004 - TV Series - 1 Season - 13 20-minute episodes
Documentary series looks at Vivid porn stars.
2003 - Showtime TV Series - 2 Seasons
Reality TV series by Seymour Butts. Have not seen.
2005 - Canadian TV Series
Looks at web porn industry. Have not seen.
A Perfect Fake (2004 - 57min) Marc de Guerre
Looks at virtual sex and sex dolls. Made for Canadian TV. Netflix has this.
Guys and Dolls (2007 - 50min) Nick Holt
British TV documentary about guys with expensive sex dolls.
AKA Love Me, Love My Doll.
Snuff: A Documentary About Killing On Camera (2008 - 76min) Paul von Stoetzel
S & Man (2006) J.T. Petty
Addicted to Porn (2006 - 50min) Peter Higgins
British TV docu, by Visual Voodoo, aired on Channel 4
Looks at 3 cases - guys whose lives have been taken over by porn addiction.
Teens Addicted to Porn
recent British TV documentary, 56 minutes
Is America Addicted to Porn?
ABC New Nightline episode, aired 02/29/08, 22min
Discussion at Yale University
have not seen
The Porn King Versus The President (2004) David Rhode - BBC TV
Porndemic - Sex in the Digital Age (2008 - 43min) Robin Benger
Official site: www.cogentbenger.com/docs/porndemic
Looks at the business, history and effects of Internet porn. Made for CBC -
Canadian TV (first broadcast April 2009). Lots of interviews.
Missionary Positions (2005 - 71min) Bill Day
Official Site: www.missionarypositionsmovie.com
Not a Love Story, A Motion Picture About Pornography (1981 - 69min) Bonnie Sherr Klein (Naomi Klein's mother) (1981 - 69min)
Dreamworlds 3 - Desire, Sex and Power in Music Video (2007 - 60min) Sut Jhally
Naked Fame (2004 - 84min) Christopher Long
About gay porn star Colton Ford's attempt to move from porn star to music star.
Beefcake (1999 - 97min) Thom Fitzgerald
Village Voice Review: www.villagevoice.com/1999-10-12/film/body-work/1/
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon (2008 - 82min) Jeffrey Schwarz
Official Site: www.wranglermovie.com
About 70's/80's gay porn star Jack Wrangler (who passed away in 2009).
He became the top star in gay porn and then crossed over to be a top star in
mainstream porn. Very interesting film. Recommended.
That Man: Peter Berlin (2005 - 80min) Jim Tushinski
Subtitled: Artist, Model, Pornstar, Legend, He Was His Own Work of Art
Official Site: www.thatmanpeterberlin.com
Skin for Sale (2004 - 83min) Vicente Perez Herrero
Spanish Title: La Piel Vendida
Amazon (DVD 08/28/07 TLA): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000SLYDVS/
Looks at Spain's porn industry through interviews with porn stars, directors,
etc. DVD is OOP (Netflix has DVD as of 06/16).
Midnight Blue - Volume 1: Deep Throat Special (2005 - 120min)
Midnight Blue - Volume 2: Porn Stars of the 70's (2006 - 120min)
Segments include interviews (and nude performance/film clips) with
Marilyn Chambers, Georgina Spelvin, Jennifer Welles, Annie Sprinkle,
Jamie Gillis, Helen Madigan, Marc Stevens, Bambi Woods, Veri Knotty,
Tara Alexander, Seka, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of
Carter Steven's Honeymoon Haven. Caption boxes were added to the DVD
release in 2006, which include interesting facts and updates and
some smart-ass funny comments.
Midnight Blue - Volume 3: Celebrities (2006 - 120min)
About a dozen pretty interesting interviews, with sleazy commercials and
a good helping of Al's Fuck You rants sprinkled throughout. Captions can
be turned on for extra fun. Segments in order are: Larry Flynt
(March 3, 1977), Garrett Morris, Martin van Peebles (briefly), Buck Henry
(briefly), Russ Meyer, 1979 Hookers Ball - San Francisco, O.J Simpson,
Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Tiny Tim, R. Crumb, Penn & Teller (Oct 7, 1989),
Rob Lowe (1989 sex tape), Belinda Carlisle (backstage video),
Gilbert Gottfried, Debbie Harry & Chris Stein, Al Lewis. Al Goldstein
gives the finger to: Sean Penn, Howard Stern, Donald Trump, Jack Nicholson,
Ted Turner and Jane Fonda, Geraldo Rivera, and Claudia Schifer.
Midnight Blue - Volume 4: Freaks and Geeks (2006 - 120min)
I found this one to be not quite so easy to watch.
Midnight Blue - Volume 5: Porn King: The Trials of Al Goldstein (2005 - 77min) James Guardino
Documentary about Al Goldstein.
Midnight Blue - Volume 6: Porn Stars of the 80's (2009 - 120min)
Features segments with Vanessa Del Rio, Ron Jeremy, Annette Haven,
Veronica Hart, Desiree Cousteau, Krista Lane, Nina Hartley, Tiffany Clark,
Samantha Fox, Paul Thomas, John Leslie, Annie Sprinkle. Optional feature can
be enabled which pops up text caption-boxes with additional commentary added
when the DVD was made in 2009. These captions are almost continuous on this
volume, adding tons of interesting information about the people being profiled.
Recommended to anyone interested in the subjects.
Midnight Blue - Volume 7: Porn Stars of the 90's (2009 - 120min)
Distributor/Manufacturer's Website: www.blue-underground.com
Except for Vol 5, these are 2-hour compilations from the New York City
cable TV show Midnight Blue, hosted by Al Goldstein and Alex Bennett, which ran
from the late 70's to around 2002. Netflix has all of these.
Porn Stars - The Real Story (Uncensored Interviews) (2008 - 75min)
have not seen.
More Porn Stars Interviews - Uncensored (2008 - 80min)
have not seen.
I Wanna Be a Porn Star! (2002 - 45min) Jon Jacobs
have not seen. IMDB page says this has never been released.
Porn Star Pets (2005 - 52min) Margie Schnibbe
Cooking With Porn Stars (2002 - 60min) Colin Malone, Fred Sherman
Made In Serbia (2005 - 97min) Mladen Djordjevic
About Serbian porn industry. In Serbian with English subtitles. have not seen.
Dick Ho: Asian Male Porn Star (2004 - 31min) Jeffrey Lei
Official Site: www.idontcarefilms.com/dickho
Often referred to as a documentary film, this is actually a cleverly made
spoof, a "mockumentary".
Made in Secret: The Story of the East Van Porn Collective (2005 - 86min) One Tiny Whale
Official Site: www.eastvanporncollective.org
Maybe not exactly a documentary and mabye not exacly about porn. But some
Read reviews here: www.eastvanporncollective.org/reviews.html
And Some Related Non-Documentary Films
Rated X (2000 - 114min) Emelio Estevex
Starring Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen. The crazy story of the Mitchell
brothers, pioneers of porn, who made the early classic,
Behind The Green Door. Rated R.
The Notorious Betty Page (2006 - 90min) Mary Harron
The story of Betty Page, starring Gretchen Mol. According to the director,
meant to be as much about sex in the 50's as about Betty Page. I liked it.
The People vs. Larry Flint (1996 - 129min) Milos Forman
Larry Flint is the publisher of Hustler Magazine, who fought court battles
against censorship. Starring Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton.
This Girl's Life (2003 - 104min) Ash Baron-Cohen
Boogie Nights (1998 - 155min) Paul Thomas Anderson
Loosely based on the story of porn legend John Holmes. Excellent film, as
expected from PT Anderson.
Hardcore (1979 - 108min) Paul Schrader
King Cobra (2016 - 92min) Justin Kelly
Amazon (DVD/Bluray 02/14/17 Shout Factory): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B01MSHMLPN
Based on the story of gay porn star Brent Corrigan (Sean Lockhart).
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