Hard to Swallow: “Inside Deep Throat” (2005)

 

insidedeepthroat   Regarding sexuality in popular culture, if there’s anything more annoying (and dishonest) than priggish cultural puritanism, it’s sanctimonious moral liberalism masquerading as open-mindedness when, in fact, the canonical emphasis diverges into a campaign of ulterior agendas. With this participatory caveat in mind, we now approach the Brian Grazer (Opie’s lesser half) produced documentary “Inside Deep Throat” which purports to examine, not the “Woodstein” deep cover informant of the Watergate investigation, but the unlikely financial success of the 1972 smut film, the resultant social and political ramifications surrounding the evolution of “porno chic” based upon that success and the subsequent legal and socio-sexual (especially among the feminist camp) wave of outrage, coupled with technological advances that combined to detour subsequent predicted  advances in mating explicit sex and cinema art instead into an assembly line cookie-cutter industry of interchangeably anonymous gynecological thrusts and couplings. That’s quite an agenda for any one film to handle and so it’s probably no surprise that “Inside Deep Throat” fails miserably on all counts. However, it’s a fine excuse for a major Hollywood studio peep show which pretends to document and celebrate a revolution in sexuality, while its jaded attitude reveals a documentary that is both uninformed and patently dishonest: a film that cannot wait to ridicule the purveyors of their subject film while simultaneously mocking those opposed to its creation, and, by extension, the original film’s (and the documentary’s) disregard for the obscenity laws of the United States.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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One Response to Hard to Swallow: “Inside Deep Throat” (2005)

  1. The Harry Reams interviews are interesting(and rather uncomfortable.)

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