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Inside Deep Throat

posted by Jason Kottke   May 03, 2005

I don’t know a whole lot about the history of pornography, but I’m guessing Inside Deep Throat overstates the importance of Deep Throat in the eventual acceptance of pornography into mainstream American culture. This is the Michael Moore school of documentary filmmaking: take a position and defend it with facts that support that position, conveniently ignoring those which do not. Which is fine I guess, as long as the audience is aware of the bias. And while I realize it can be difficult to explore all the factors of a given situation in a 90 minute period, the lack of perspective is eventually just annoying.

Even so, after the film was over I was curious about Deep Throat, which I’d never seen before. So I located a copy and watched it. Ho boy, was it ever bad…the worst acting you’ve ever seen (even taking into account that it’s a porno) and the sex wasn’t much better. Mostly it was just really boring and it took all my willpower to watch until the end. The things I endure for you folks.

For a similar (but better written) take on Inside Deep Throat, read Anthony Lane’s review in The New Yorker.

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