Some Selected Documentary Films on Human Sexuality
See also: Documentary Films about Pornography
And my main page of Documentary Films
Categories on This Page:
Sex Education / General Information
Dating / Relationships
Sex in Media
Sex in History
Sexual Abuse / Sexual Harassment
Selected Feature Films Related to Above Topics
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Sex Education / General Information
Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Orgasm (2004 - 53min) Sheila Malone, Annie Sprinkle
Subtitled: Twenty-six Orgasm Experts Share Their Wisdom
Annie Sprinkle's website: AnnieSprinkle.org
Highly recommended. Really cool project. Short segments with 26 different
sexperts (plus Annie) mainly talking about orgasm. Maybe more valuable for
showing us the variety of ways to think about what orgasm is than for any
specific teachings. Here is a list of the guests:
Dr. Michael Perry - discusses 4 types of orgasm 1. Plateau, 2. Tonic, 3. Clonic,
4. Fusion (combination of Tonic and Clonic)
Carol Queen Ph.D (cultural sexologist)
Betty Dodson Ph.D. (sex educator, author) BettyDodson.com
discusses 3 types of orgasm 1. Sleeping Beauty, 2.Tension Orgasm,3. Rock'n,Roll
(combination of 1 and 2)
Robert Lawrence D.C (chiropractor) discusses physiology of orgasm
Kembra Pfahler (rock star)
Scarlot Harlot (prostition activist) discusses and demonstrates fake orgasms
Carol Schneemann (artist)
Ray Stubbs Ph.D. (author - Sacred Orgasms)
Wonshe (midwife) discusses birth as orgasmic experience
Kutira (tantra and meditation teacher)
Joseph Kramer PhD. (sex educator) discusses taoist erotic massage
Cleo Dubois (BDSM educator)
Fakir Musafar (modern primitive) www.bodyplay.org
Dr. Stuart Block (sexologist)
Juliet Carr (erotic touch expert)
Andrew Ramer (poet)
Jwala (sex goddess)
Mistress Cleopatra (professional dominatrix)
Dr. Ray Noonan (founder - Consortium for Sex Research in Space)
Karen (transgender activist)
Laraaji (yoga teacher, musician) says ejaculatory orgasm is boring. practices orgasmic laughing.
Dominque (club owner)
Barbara Carellas (recovering Catholic) author of 2007 book, Urban Tantra
Frank Moore (performance artist)
Eleanor Hamilton (sex therapist)
Norman Wilcox (midwife to the dying)
Kim Catrall: Sexual Intelligence (2005 - 82min) Catherine Annau
HBO special is companion to book of same name.
Let's Talk About Sex (2010 - 62min) James Houston
Official Site: www.letstalkaboutsexthefilm.com
The Joy of Sex Education (2009) 338min
Amazon (UK) (DVD Region 2 / PAL): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B001MGUAEW
A collection of 16 British sex education films from 1917 to 1973.
2 discs with a 40-page booklet.
Sex - How to Do Everything (2008 - 443min)
Nature of Sex (2008 - 240min)
Kinsey (2004 - 87min) Barak Goodman, John Maggio
Amazon (DVD 05/17/05 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007Y08MO
PBS American Experience episode looks at the life of Alfred Kinsey,
pioneering American sex researcher. See also the feature film Kinsey.
Sexual Healing (TV Series)
Xperimental Eros (2007 - 93min) Various
Distributor's Website: www.othercinemandvd.com/xe.html
DVDTalk.com Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/29694/xperimental-eros/
A collection of odd (or let's say "xperimental") films having to do with sex.
Detailed in the DVDTalk review linked above. Not sure if this might more
properly be on my porn docs page or to what extent it might even be
Female Misbehavior (1992 - 160min) Monika Treut
This is a collection of five different films by German filmmaker Monika Treut.
Annie is about Annie Sprinkle. Dr. Paglia is an interesting
interview with Camille Paglia. Bondage talks to an S&M practitioner.
Max is about a transexual journey from female to male.
Didn't Do It For Love is about Eva Norvind.
Recommended for sure if you're into any of these people or subjects.
Mutantes (Punk Porn Feminism) (2009 - 90min) Virginie Despentes
Covers the pro-sex feminist movement. Many interviews.
As of 08/2011, this is available as a French Import DVD
and will soon be reissued by AliveMind.
Passion & Power (2007 - 74min) Wendy Slick, Emiko Omori
Subtitled: The Technology of Orgasm
Official site: www.passionandpowerthemovie.com
Very interesting and important film, highly recommended. Explores the
history of the vibrator and its use as a medical device and as a sexual
aid for women. Deals with the subject of female orgasm. Lots of the film
is based on research by Rachel Maines, author of The Technology of Orgasm -
Hysteria, the Vibrator and Women's Sexual Satisfaction. Netflix has
this. See also the 2011 feature film Hysteria.
Orgasm Inc. (2009 - 78min) Liz Canner
Subtitled: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure
Official Site: www.orgasminc.org
Amazon (DVD 06/21/2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004RIEY62/
Amazon (DVD 06/21/2011 Alternate Cover): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004S2O8ZY/
Looks at efforts of the pharmaceutical industry to create the new "disease"
of Female Sexual Disfunction so they can develop drugs for it.
Very interesting film, highly recommended.
The Clitoris: Forbidden Pleasure (2003 - 59min) Stephen Firmin, Variety Moszynski
French Title: Le Clitoris: Ce Cher Inconnu
Official Site (in French) (PAL REGION 0 DVD): www.clitoris-film.com
Performance Rights DVD ($390): www.icarusfilms.com/new2004/cli.html
Review from Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality: www.ejhs.org/volume8/Video_review8-2.htm
All about the clitoris. Interviews with: Natalie Angier (author),
Hellen O'Connell (urologist) - said to the be the only person to study the
clitoris with modern medical techniques in the last 100 years,
Joan Wyndham (writer), Ellen Laan (clinical psychologist),
Lenore Tiefer (psychology professor). Francois Giuliano (urologist).
Subjects discussed include:
anatomy of the clitoris and vagina (the clitoris is much larger than
previously thought), Freud's theories, Masters and Johnson,
viagra, the importance of orgasms, underfunding of sex research.
Some young girls discuss their
experiences. Includes a dozen or so humorous film clips.
This one needs to be released on DVD for anyone to watch. Currently only
available from the French website above (which gives no option for shipping
outside of France and did not respond to my email) or from Icarus Films as
a performance rights DVD for $390.00. Might be able to watch online,
download a torrent, or borrow from a library
(check out www.worldcat.org).
Might be able to convince a Women's Studies program to order it.
On the Icarus Films version the dialogue/narration is in French and English
and English subtitles are hardcoded in where needed. (I think the
French DVD has option to select French or English subtitles).
Busting Out (2004 - 57min) Francine Strickwerda, Laurel Spellman Smith
Official Site: www.stiritup.com/index.php
Amazon (DVD 02/21/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006HH629S/
Pretty thoroughly explores issues around the female breast, including:
women's feelings about their breasts, body image, breast enhancement surgery,
eroticization of female breast in American culture, differences in other
cultures, breastfeeding, puberty, breast cancer, mastectomy. This is a very
well-done film, very entertaining, and packing an amazing amount of
information into less than an hour. Lots to think about and/or discuss.
Recommended for everyone.
Absolutely Safe (2007 - 83min) Carol Ciancutti-Leyva
Official Site: www.absolutelysafe.com
All about breast implants.
Breasts: A Documentary (1996 - 50min) Meema Spadola
Official Site: www.sugarpictures.com/Films/Breasts.html
Boobs: An American Obsession (2009 - 75min) Nina Brownfield-Berry
The Vagina Monologues (2002 - 76min)
The DVD captures Eve Ensler in an HBO TV special performing her one-woman
play which debutted off-broadway in 1996.
Private Dicks: Men Exposed (1999 - 56min) Meema Spadola, Thom Powers
Official Site: www.sugarpictures.com/Films/PrivateDicks.html
Unhung Hero (2013 - 84min) Brian Spitz
Official Site: unhunghero.com
Amazon (DVD 11/26/13 Breaking Glass Pictures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F7K5Q3O/
My Penis and I (2005 - 57min) Lawrence Barraclough
BBC TV program. Can find places to watch online.
My Penis and Everyone Else's (2007 - 56min) Lawrence Barraclough
Official Site: www.firecrackerfilms.com/documentaries/my-penis-everyone-elses/
BBC TV program. Can find places to watch online.
Phallacies (1999 - 45min) Vishnu Mathur
Amazon (DVD 2/12/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006HGXGR0/
This is an episode of David Suzuki's Canadian TV show, The Nature of Things,
broadcast in 1999, released on DVD in 2012. Discusses masculinity, penis
size, penis enlargement.
Plaster Caster (2001 - 90min) Jessica Everleth
Official Site: www.plastercaster.com
Cynthia's Website: www.cynthiaplastercaster.com
Cynthia Plaster Caster became a groupie in the 60's and started making
plaster casts of musicians' penises.
Are All Men Pedophiles? (2012 - 70min) Jan-Willem Breure
Official Site: www.areallmenpedophiles.com
Dutch film. Puts forth the idea that all men are hebephiles (attracted to
teenage girls) and that this should be distinguished from true pedophilia -
attraction to prepubescent children.
Path of the Sexual Shaman (2009 - 62min) Kenneth Ray Stubbs Ph.D., Sarah Sher
Subtitled: Teachings on Energy, Orgasm, and Wisdom.
Official Site: www.sexualshamanseminars.com
Kenneth explains basic concepts of shamanism and how they apply to his ideas
of sexual shamanism.
The Sacred Prostitute (2004 - 90min) Kenneth Ray Stubbs Ph.D., Sarah Sher
Official Site: www.sacredprostitute.com
This is a 2-DVD set, one disc is the documentary titled The Sacred
Prostitute, the other disc is titled Magdalene Unveiled and
presents extended outtakes from The Sacred Prostitute.
Lots of interview clips, mainly with teachers of sacred
sexuality, most of whom tell a bit about their background and approach.
Includes Zachueje Rinpoche, Rabbi Ronald L. Levine, Harley Swiftdeer Reagan,
Rev. Raymond J. Lawrence, Nicole Christine, Ina Laughingwinds, Leonora B. Faro,
Nut Tmu-Ankh Butterfly, Athena Lund, Suzie Heumann, Tim Dingman, Porsche Lynn,
Joseph Kramer, Julianna Piccillo.
Sacred Love-Making (2007 - 70min) Matt Levin
Karinna's website: www.sacredlove.com
Karinna Kittles-Karsten guides two couples into learning techniques of
Women and Spirituality - The Goddess Trilogy (1992 - 166min) Donna Read
Official Site: www.alivemindmedia.com/films/women-and-spirituality/
Amazon (DVD 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013D8LYU/
This is a 3-disc set, which includes these three films:
Goddess Remembered (1989 - 54min) Donna Read
The Burning Times (1990 - 56min) Donna Read
Full Circle (1993 - 56min) Donna Read
Sex: The Secret Gate to Eden (2006 - 75min)
Official Site: www.gnosticteachings.org
Presents some teachings of Samael Aun Weor.
Dating / Relationships
A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008) Chris Waitt
Unmade Beds (1998 - 95min) Nicholas Barker
Looks at the experiences of 4 single New Yorkers (2 men, 2 women in
their 40's) on the personal ads/dating scene.
Sex in Media
Miss Representation (2011 - 91min) Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Official Site: www.missrepresentation.org
Amazon (DVD 04/10/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006GRWCF2
The Mask You Live In (2015 - 97min) Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Official Site: www.missrepresentation.org
Looks at the effect on young males of society's definitions of masculinity.
As of 06/15, not quite available on DVD, except for screenings.
Sexy Baby (2012 - 84min) Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus
Official Site: www.sexybabymovie.com
Hot Girls Wanted (2015) Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus
Official Site: www.hotgirlswantedmovie.com
Official site describes as " A documentary about porn, the Internet and
the girl next door." As of 12/14, this is an upcoming film, not yet
Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women (1979 - 30min) Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich
Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women (1987 - 30min) Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich
Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising's Image of Women (2000 - 34min) Sut Jhaly
Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women (2010 - 45min) Sut Jhally
Jean Kilbourne's Official Site: www.jeankilbourne.com/
Available from Media Education Foundation: www.mediaed.org/
Sex in History
Sex Culture of Ancient China (765min)
5-disc set. have not yet seen. narrated in Chinese with English subtitles.
Love in India (2009 - 91min) Q
Official Site: www.loveinindia.in
An exploration of cultural traditions and contradictions in the sexually
conservative land of the Kama Sutra. In Indian languages with English
subtitles. The director's name is Qaushik Mukherjee, sometimes spelled with
a K, he goes by "Q". He made the controversial feature film Gandu
(which you might want to see).
Sex and the Celts (2004 - 104min) Jimmy Duggan
Although the DVD cover and menu screen are titled Sex and the Celts,
the film seems to be actually titled The Land of Sex and Sinners.
Part 1 (52min) covers 5000BC-1100AD, Part 2 (52min) covers 1100AD to
the present. Kind of a psychological/sociological look at the history of
sex in Ireland. Interesting.
Sexual Abuse / Sexual Harassment
Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (2014 - 77min) Freida Lee Mock
Amazon (DVD 06/24/14 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00K0PA9ME/
Sex and Justice (2008 - 77min) Julian Schlossberg
Amazon (DVD 10/21/08 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CP1UMO/
V-Day: Until the Violence Stops (2003 - 73min) Abby Epstein
Official Site: www.vday.org
Sex Crimes Unit (2011) Linda F. Jackson
Official Site: www.sexcrimesunit.com
Raw Deal: A Question of Consent (2001 - 90min) Billy Corben
Amazon (DVD 11/28/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LC4620
Explores an incident at a fraternity party in Florida in which a stripper
may have been raped.
The Price of Sex (2010 - 72min) Mimi Chakarova
Official Site: priceofsex.org
Looks at sex trafficking and abuse of young Eastern European women.
I Am A Sex Addict (2006 - 99min) Caveh Zahedi
Official Site: www.iamasexaddictthemovie.com
Director's Website: www.cavehzahedi.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GBEWMU
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.
Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (1986 - 75min) Kirby Dick
Director's Website: www.kirbydick.com
Totally fascinating film. Follows the work of sex surrogate Maureen Sullivan
as she works with 2 different clients. We also see some sessions with
the clients and the therapists who referred them to Maureen, as well as
with Maureen and her own therapist. The first of many excellent films from
Kirby Dick (Sick, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Derrida,
Outrage). Netflix has this.
The Workshop (2007 - 93min) Jamie Morgan
Paul Lowe's Website: www.paullowe.org
Very fun and interesting film. The filmmaker goes to California to take
a workshop with Paul Lowe, a sexual workshop.
Acting Out (1978 - 86min) Carl Gurevich, Ralph Rosenblum
Official Site: www.troma.com
Supposedly randomly selected people are asked to describe their sexual
fantasy and then they get to act it out on film.
Birth Story (2012 - 93min) Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore
Subtitled: Ian May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives
Official Site: birthstorymovie.com
DVD released 04/30/13.
Orgasmic Birth (2008 - 85min) Debra Pascali-Bonaro
Subtitled: The Best-Kept Secret
Official Site: www.orgasmicbirth.com
The Business of Being Born (2007 - 87min) Abby Epstein
With Woman: A Documentary about Women, Midwives and Birth (2006 - 56min) Knelly Dettinger
Pregnant in America (2008 - 106min) Steve Buonaugurio
Have a Baby (2016) Amanda Micheli
Official Site/Kickstarter: www.haveababymovie.com/
Explores issues faced by couples dealing with infertility.
for a large collection of films about abortion (about 80) which I think
can all be watched online.
Lake of Fire (2006 - 152min) Tony Kaye
Excellent (and lengthy) film about abortion, or actually about the people
fighting on both sides of this tricky issue. Filmed in black and white.
This is the definitive film on the subject. Highly recommended.
After Tiller (2013 - 88min) Martha Shane, Lana Wilson
Official Site: www.aftertillerthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 05/13/14 Oscilloscope): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00IUXUHP2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/after_tiller_2013/
DVD Talk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/64058/after-tiller/
DVD Talk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/64657/after-tiller/
Since the murder of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009 there are 4
remaining doctors in the US who provide 3rd trimester abortions. This is
a very close look at the issue of late trimester abortions and the brave
doctors who provide them (who are the top targets of the anti-abortion
movement). Excellent film, highly recommended.
12th & Delaware (2010 - 80min) Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Looks at the scene of an anti-abortion clinic in Fort Pierce, Florida, which
is right across the street from an abortion clinic.
Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion (2007 - 105min) Stephen Fell, Will Thompson
First Run Features: www.firstrunfeatures.com/unborn_synopsis.html
Amazon (DVD 10/23/07 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000U95N9O/
Trapped (2016 - 81min) Dawn Porter
Official Site: www.trappeddocumentary.com/
Director's Website: trilogy-films.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/trapped_2016/
How to Survive a Plague (2012 - 120min) David France
Official Site: surviveaplague.com
Amazon (DVD 02/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A92MGLA
Looks at the work of AIDS activist groups ACT UP and TAG during the early
years of the AIDS epidemic.
What Now? Remind Me (2013 - 164min) Joaquim Pinto
Original Title (Portuguese): E Agora? Lembra-me
Amazon (DVD 11/18/14 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00OK3ZZJ4/
House of Numbers (2009 - 89min) Brent Leung
Subtitled: Anatomy of an Epidemic
Official site: www.houseofnumbers.com
Amazon (Regular Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y9GY2W
Amazon (Deluxe Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003YA5W4C
Controversial film explores alternative and mainstream theories about the
cause and treatment of AIDS. I was very excited about this when I first heard
of it and have had high expectations. And I can say after my first viewing
that the film totally delivers. This is a very well-made film, and has been
needed for a long time. Includes lots of interviews with scientists from
various points of view. The film does seem to lean towards the side of the
AIDS dissidents (such as Dr. Peter Duesberg), but then that seems to be
the point of the film - to reveal that there is a lot of
confusion and disagreement in the world of AIDS research and treatment.
The dissident views have been largely suppressed from the beginning.
I used to read a monthly column about AIDS in SPIN magazine in
the 80's, in which journalist Celia Farber presented the alternative
viewpoint. I think these writings
have been collected into a book, and Celia is featured in the film.
All of the major issues are discussed - HIV testing, history of AIDS,
discovery of HIV, drug treaments, African AIDS, etc. Rather than just
presenting a certain point of view, the film raises a lot of questions.
The world of AIDS is complicated and there may be no easy answers at
this time. If you are very
interested in this subject, I would recommend getting the Deluxe Edition,
which includes 2 more discs full of extended interviews. Very important
film, highly recommended. And I can imagine this one being banned or
becoming hard to find, so I hope people will buy this and get it into
personal collections and libraries. I also recommend Duesberg's book
Regular Edition is single DVD, Deluxe Edition
is 3 DVDs, with 2 discs full of extra features exploring the issue in more
depth. (NOTE - 3-disc Deluxe Edition is supplied in 2 DVD cases - one
is the film in its own case, the other case, labelled "Deluxe Edition",
contains the 2 extra DVDs).
Sex Positive (2008 - 75min) Daryl Wein
Official Site: www.sexpositive-themovie.com
Richard Berkowitz at Wikipedia:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Berkowitz
Richard Berkowitz's website: www.RichardBerkowitz.com
About Richard Berkowitz, outspoken AIDS activist and founder of the safe
sex movement (together with Dr. Joseph Sonnabend and Michael Callan).
Very interesting. Recommended.
Before Stonewall (1985 - 87min) Greta Schiller
Amazon (DVD 05/18/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001US7TU
Looks at the history of the LGBT community from the 1920's through the
1960's, up to the 1969 Stonewall riots which began the modern gay rights
After Stonewall (1999 - 88min) John Scagliotti
Amazon (DVD 01/18/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006J286O
Looks at the gay rights movement in the 70's, 80's and 90's, since the
Family Fundamentals (2002 - 75min) Arthur Dong
Coming Out Under Fire (1994 - 71min) Arthur Dong
Looks at US military's discrimination against gays and lesbians. Stories
from WWII. Footage from 1993 US Senate hearings which coined the slogan
"Don't ask, don't tell".
That Man: Peter Berlin (2005 - 80min) Jim Tushinski
Subtitled: Artist, Model, Porn Star, Legend - He Was His Own Work of Art
Official Site: www.thatmanpeterberlin.com
Very interesting. Recommended.
Tom of Finland: Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991 - 55min) Ilppo Pohjola
Tom of Finland Foundation: www.tomoffinlandfoundation.org
Looks at Finnish artist "Tom of Finland", who created an iconic style of
masculine gay art. Very interesting. Recommended.
Bridegroom (2013 - 80min) Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Official Site: bridegroommovie.com
Amazon (DVD ): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EU8RB14/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bridegroom_2013/
For the Bible Tells Me So (2007 - 99min) Daniel G. Karslake
Excellent film explores how gays are treated by Christian churches and
families. Focusses on five different families, each with a gay or lesbian
child. Lots of footage of evangelists preaching against homosexuality.
Explores what the bible actually says about homosexuality and how it is
important to put biblical words into context. Has an animated section
explaining that sexual orientation is not a choice. Well-made, wide-ranging,
highly recommended. Especially recommended for Christians who may be
prejudiced or confused on this issue.
Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977 - 132min) Mariposa Film Group
Amazon (DVD 06/08/10 Milestone/Millarium Zero/Oscilloscope): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003E74KRK/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/word_is_out_stories_of_some_of_our_lives-1977/
Directed by the Mariposa Film Group: Peter Adair, Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown,
Rob Epstein, Lucy Massy Phenix, Veronica Selver. Groundbreaking film
intercuts interviews with 26 American gay men and lesbians, talking about
their past and present experiences.
Tongues Untied (1989 - 55min) Marlon Riggs
Addresses racism and homophobia experienced by gay black men.
For My Wife (2010 - 60min)
Official Site: www.formywife.info
The Aggressives (2005 - 75min) Daniel Peddle
Gendernauts (1999 - 87min) Monika Treut
Subtitled: A Journey Through Shifting Identities
Becoming Chaz (2011 - 80min) Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Looks at the gender transition of Chastity Bono (Sonny and Cher's daughter)
into Chaz Bono.
Trans (2012) Chris Arnold
Official Site: www.transthemovie.com
The Trans List (2016 - 57min) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Transparent (2006 - 62min) Jules Rosskam
Director's Website: www.julesrosskam.com
Amazon (DVD-R 04/13/10 Frameline): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003H05VWM/
Whores' Glory (2011 - 119min) Michael Glawogger
Director's Website: www.glawogger.com
Amazon (DVD 01/08/13 Kino Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009NI2XKK
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/whores_glory_2011/
The third in late master filmmaker Michael Glawogger's Globalization Trilogy,
after Megacities (2008) and Workingman's Death (2005). Looks
at prostitution in three cities: Bangkok, Thailand, Faridpur, Bangladesh,
and Reynosa, Mexico. This is a powerful and stunningly well-made film.
Most highly recommended.
Born Into Brothels (2004 - 85min) Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Amazon (DVD 05/10/06 Image/ThinkFilms): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A2XCBC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/born_into_brothels/
Very highly rated film looks at the children of prostitutes in Calcutta's red
Prostitution (1975 - 102min) Jean-Francois Davy
Classic French film about prostitution. There is a French import DVD (PAL,
Region 2, no English), or may be able to watch online. (I have not yet seen).
The director also has several other documentaries which may be of interest:
Les Pornocrates, Exhibition, Exhibition 2,
Exhibiton 79 and Chasing the Muse.
Like a Pascha (2010 - 52min) Svante Tidholm
Official Site: www.paschamovie.com
Brothel's Website: www.pascha.de
Pascha Brothel at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascha_(brothel)
Swedish film looks at the world's largest brothel in Cologne, Germany.
Hookers at the Point (2002 - 94min) Brent Owens
Amazon (DVD 09/17/02 MTI) (Out of Print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006FDB4/
Tricked (2013 - 75min) John-Keith Wasson, Jane Wells
Official Site: www.trickedfilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/03/15 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00P9Q1FJ0/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/771368391/
Looks at sex trafficking in the US.
Very Young Girls (2007 - 83min) David Schisgall, Nina Alvarez
American Courtesans (2013 - 90min) James Johnson
Official Site: www.americancourtesans.com/
Amazon (DVD Centrex): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DWDZHWI/
Amazon (Bluray Centrex): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DEQQEZM/
Cathouse (2002 - 70min) Patti Kaplan
Looks at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel outside of Reno, Nevada.
Followed by Cathouse II, and then a series on HBO.
Cathouse II: Back In The Saddle (2003 - 70min) Patti Kaplan
Cathouse - The Series (2008 - 332min) Patti Kaplan
2-disc set includes 17 25-min episodes of the HBO series and
Cathouse: The Musical.
Pleasure for Sale (2008 - 158min) Harry Gantz, Joe Gantz
Wikipedia (Chicken Ranch): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_Ranch_(Nevada)
6-part Sundance TV special looks at the Chicken Ranch brothel in Nevada.
Bangkok Girl (2005 - 50min) Jordan Clark
AKA: Falang: Behind Bangkok's Smile
NOTE: Many reviewers at IMDB.com find much to criticise in this film.
Men For Sale (2008 - 75min) Rodrigue Jean
Looks at male street hustlers in Montreal.
Venus Boyz (2002 - 102min) Gabrielle Baur
Buying Sex (2013 - 75min) Teresa MacInnes, Kent Nason
National Film Board of Canada: www.nfb.ca/film/buying_sex
Amazon (DVD 12/03/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F64PA0A/
Looks at prostitution laws in Canada.
Bettie Page Reveals All (2012 - 101min) Mark Mori
Official Site: www.bettiepagemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 04/22/14 Music Box Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ID8H98C/
Amazon (Bluray 04/22/14 Music Box Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ID8HBBC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bettie_page_reveals_all/
Features narration by Bettie Page, taped in 1998, a decade prior to her
death in 2008. Very thorough, and includes lots of photos and video of
Behind the Burly Q (2010 - 98min) Leslie Zemeckis
Official Site: www.behindtheburlyq.com
Explores the history of the golden age of burlesque in America.
A Wink and A Smile (2008 - 90min) Deirdre Timmons
Official Site: www.winkthemovie.com
Follows 10 women as the enter the world of burlesque.
Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque (2011 - 60min) Gary Beeber
Official Site: www.dirtymartiniandthenewburlesque.com
Looks at the new burlesque scene in New York City.
Zona Rosa (2005 - 65min) Dan Castle
A close look at male strippers working in clubs in the Zona Rosa area of
Mexico City. Very interesting.
BDSM: Its Not What You Think! (2008)
Subtitled: Kinksters Confront Stigma And Stereotype
Official Site: www.bdsmdocumentary.com
Kink (2014 - 80min) Christina Voros
Official Site: www.kinkdoc.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kink_2014/
Looks at BDSM website kink.com.
Liberty in Restraint (2005 - 90min) Michael Nev
Official Site: www.libertyinrestraint.com
Amazon (DVD 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000WS4SBM/
Looks at Australian fetish photographer Noel Grayson.
Fetish: Pain or Pleasure (2005 - 75min) Bob Shami
Fetishes (1997 - 87min) Nick Broomfield
Director's Website: www.nickbroomfield.com
About S&M, filmed at Pandora's Box in NYC.
Inside the Fifty Shades: Real Women Confess (2013 - 85min) David Kane Garcia
Amazon (DVD 12/31/13 AMG): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CAYH34U/
Headspace (2003 - 55min) Mia Olin
Official Site: www.headspacefilm.net
Looks at a group of friends involved in BDSM.
Making Mistress More (2013 - 84min) Beverly Thompson
A look at La Domain Esemar, a BDSM training center, made during the time when
headmistress Mistress Collette had just left and Master R was training
Mistress More to be the new headmistress. I don't think this has made it to
DVD. Might have to watch at Youtube or Vimeo. Very interesting.
La Domain Esemar Official Site: www.ladomaine.com
No Body is Perfect (2006 - 82min) Raphael Sibilla
DVD not released in US. hard to find. There is an Italian import DVD at
Amazon.com and a German import DVD at Amazon.fr. (Italian DVD has 2 audio
channels - 1 is dubbed Italian, 2 is original. Spoken languages include
English, Japanese and French. There are subtitles but only in Italian.
PAL, region 2)
American Swing (2008 - 81min) Jon Hart, Mathew Kaufman
Amazon (DD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NJ91C0
About Plato's Retreat, a swingers club that operated in Manhattan from
1977 to the mid-80's. Very interesting, well-made film.
Sex With Strangers (2002 - 105min) Harry Gantz, Joe Gantz
Looks at three couples involved in swinging. Although ideas of polyamory,
open marriage, free love, etc are interesting to me, I did not much enjoy
this film, which deals specifically with the "lifestyle" of "swinging".
From the makers of Taxicab Confessions.
All Dolled Up (2011 - 56min) David Hockey
AKA Guys and Dolls
Love Me, Love My Doll (2007 - 50min) Nick Holt
Selected Feature Films Related to Human Sexuality
Hysteria (2011 - 95min) Tanya Wexter
Amazon (DVD 09/18/12 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008220A62/
Amazon (BluRay 09/18/12 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008220A9O/
The story of the invention of the electric vibrator and its early
medical use in treating women for "hysteria". Set in London in the late
1880's. Very well-done film. Rated R for "sexual content", there is actually
no nudity at all. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce,
Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett. See also the documentaries
Passion and Power and Orgasm, Inc. (both listed above).
Kinsey (2004 - 118min) Bill Condon
Interesting look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, pioneering American sex
researcher. Rated R.
The Notorious Bettie Page (2006 - 90min) Mary Harron
Amazon (DVD 09/26/06 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GB5M42/
Amazon (DVD-R 04/16/13 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CDV4PPK/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/notorious_bettie_page/
Bettie Page: Dark Angel (2004 - 74min) Nico B.
Amazon (DVD 03/28/06 2-disc Limited Edition Cult Epics): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EHT5LO/
Cover last three years of Bettie's career as a pin-up model through
recreations of lost film footage, featuring Paige Richards as Bettie Page.
Remedy (2015 - 120min) Cheyenne Picardo
Official Site: www.remedyfilm.com/
A look at the world of commercial BDSM in NYC.
The Einstein of Sex (1999 - 100min) Rosa von Praunheim
Amazon (DVD 12/03/02 TLA Releasing OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006L93P/
Explores the life and work of German sexologist Dr. M Hirschfeld.
About Cherry (2012 - 102min) Stephen Elliot
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/about_cherry/
Amazon (DVD 01/15/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009M4KTUG
Starring Ashley Hinshaw as Angelina (Cherry), an 18-year-old girl who escapes
her small-town life and goes to San Francisco with her friend Andrew (Dev
Patel). She soon gets into the porn industry. Heather Graham plays a film
director who has an interest in Angelina. Lili Taylor plays Angelina's
alchoholic mother. Kind of an insider look at the porn industry. Doesn't
seem to be well liked by critics or audiences. I found it interesting enough.
Preaching to the Perverted (1997 - 100min) Stuart Urban
Official Site: www.preachingtotheperv.com
Amazon (DVD 09/12/08 Pathfinder): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0019WY6TE
Wild S&M comedy starring Guinevere Turner as a dominatrix. Very fun.
Destricted (2010 - 129min)
Official Site: www.destrictedfilms.com/
Amazon (DVD 11/02/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003B2UK1S
This DVD is a collection of 8 different films by 8 different directors,
which "explore the fine line where art and pornography intersect."
There is a British version of the DVD which has some overlap but also has
some different films in its collection of 7 films. The contents of both DVD
versions are listed on the Wikipedia page and at the official site.
Romance (1999 - 95min) Catherine Breillat
Anatomy of Hell (2004 - 77min) Catherine Breillat
French Title: Anatomie de l'enfer
Breast Men (1997 - 95min) Lawrence O'Neil
Based on the story of the two doctors who perfected breast implant procedures
Variety (1983 - 97min) Bette Gordon
Psychopathia Sexualis (2006 - 98min) Brett Wood
Official Site: www.psychopathia.com/
Based on Prof. Richard von Krafft-Ebing's book of the same name, published in
the late 1800's as a scientific catalog of sexual perversions.
Whore (1991) Ken Russell
You Are Alone (2005)
Masters of Sex (2013)
Official Site: www.sho.com/sho/masters-of-sex/home
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HI4EGQA/
Article at The Telegraph: www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10353431/Michael-Sheen-on-Masters-of-Sex-We-have-an-idealized-image-of-what-sex-should-be.html
This is a Showtime TV series about sex researchers Masters and Johnson.
12 one-hour episodes were broadcast in 2013, starting in September. A second
season will air in 2014.
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136 films listed as of 04/22/17.