Coming Attractions: The Making of an X-Rated Video

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What do porn films tell us about our own erotic impulses? What can we learn about our culture's sexual attitudes, fears, and fantasies from the ways that porn films are designed and produced? In this book, Dr. Robert J. Stoller, one of the world's leading experts on human sexual behavior, joins with I. S. Levine, a professional writer with long experience in X-rated video making, to examine the ideas and psychological makeup of the participants in an adult heterosexual X-rated video, Stairway to Paradise. Their ...
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Overview

What do porn films tell us about our own erotic impulses? What can we learn about our culture's sexual attitudes, fears, and fantasies from the ways that porn films are designed and produced? In this book, Dr. Robert J. Stoller, one of the world's leading experts on human sexual behavior, joins with I. S. Levine, a professional writer with long experience in X-rated video making, to examine the ideas and psychological makeup of the participants in an adult heterosexual X-rated video, Stairway to Paradise. Their interviews with performers, writers, directors, producers, and technicians provide extraordinary insights into the technical aspects of this type of video, the motivations and backgrounds of the people involved, and the porn industry's view of the video's intended audience.

Stoller, Levine, and the porn filmmakers have wide-ranging discussions about the aesthetics, ethics, and etiquette of the porn industry; the hostility that Dr. Stoller claimed underlies all erotic excitement; the liberating-and educational-function of porn in a puritanical culture; the misconceptions of antiporn crusaders; the impact of aids on the participants; and the future of the porn film industry. The authors hope that if we understand how and why a pornographic work is created, we will be better able to understand the implications of the legal and moral issues it raises.

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A psychiatrist and a screen-writer interview performers, writers, directors, producers, and technicians to reveal the technical aspects of making a porn video, the motivations and backgrounds of the people involved, and their view of the intended audience. They also discuss aesthetics, ethics, and etiquette. Not illustrated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300066616
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2002

    Not What I Was Hoping For...

    OK, I admit that I¿m not the most scholarly reader, but I will now declare that I¿ve given up my attempt to get through `Coming Attractions¿ right to the back cover. It is a most peculiar book, consisting of what are essentially transcripts of interviews with some of the people involved in the production of an adult feature. I¿m mighty skeptical of the usefulness of using an interview as the only means to get information, and that¿s when I can see the interviewee. While the authors attempt to describe, by bracketed comment, on the body language of the individuals, I am still frustrated by the fact that I¿m looking at the event of interest, the making of the film, after the fact, and through the participants¿ filters. I had bought the book on a whim, hoping to get some sense of the time, place and environment associated with dirty movie production, and perhaps, some insight as to how the `mechanics¿ of the exercise interplay with the psyches and personalities of the talent. What was revealed was perhaps one thin layer below what sees when porn princesses show up on an afternoon 'talk show'.

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