Inside Deep Throat

Inside Deep Throat

Director: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

Cast: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Dennis Hopper, Linda Lovelace

     
 

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Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato follow up Party Monster by returning to the documentary form of their most popular film The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Rather than examining evangelists-cum-gay icons, this time the duo takes aim at the cultural phenomenon that is and was Deep Throat, the hardcore porn film that cost 25,000 dollars to make andSee more details below

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Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato follow up Party Monster by returning to the documentary form of their most popular film The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Rather than examining evangelists-cum-gay icons, this time the duo takes aim at the cultural phenomenon that is and was Deep Throat, the hardcore porn film that cost 25,000 dollars to make and grossed over 600-million-dollars world-wide, making it the most successful independent film of all time. The impact of the film on the public's perception of pornography is discussed, as is the unlikely relationship the film had to the Watergate scandal. Actress Linda Lovelace who later denounced Deep Throat, claiming she'd been forced to make it at gunpoint, appears in interviews that were shot just before her fatal 2002 car accident.

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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Fast-paced and too slick by half, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's Inside Deep Throat is a fun and fascinating primer on the unlikely impact of the cheaply (and mostly ineptly) made 1972 porn flick. It didn't just change the lives of its participants forever (and, clearly, in the case of stars Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems, for the worse); it had a profound effect on American politics and culture. The film moves quickly, skimming the surface in many instances. It glosses over many of Lovelace's charges about how she was treated during filming and later, when she became notorious. It never delves into affable director Gerard Damiano's connections to his reputedly mob-backed investors. But there's certainly a lot of fascinating information disseminated through the film, and the filmmakers make it clear that the huge political battle that ensued over the film was a precursor to contemporary culture wars. Larry Flynt and Alan Dershowitz are among the documentary's entertaining talking heads, evoking Milos Forman's equally snarky and engaging The People vs. Larry Flynt. Although Deep Throat was rightly seen as a sexist fantasy by feminist critics, Bailey and Barbato make it clear that its groundbreaking engagement with the very notion of female pleasure, despite the immature approach, was an essential part of what made the film such a target for censors like Tennessee prosecutor Larry Parrish (who nearly sent Reems to jail for his performance) and the since-disgraced Charles Keating. There's even a startling clip of Reems debating Roy Cohn, perhaps the ultimate sexual hypocrite, about his case. Inside Deep Throat, with its 1970s-style groovy graphics and tittering adolescent's view of sexuality, has a willfully disreputable tone, but it provides surprising insight into the evolution of American culture.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
UPC:
0025192769122
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NC17
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
1,597

Special Features

The last word for now; Bill Maher, Erica Long, Hugh Hefner, Wes Craven, and others reveal america's prevailing attitudes about sex.; The binghampton trial: cliterally speaking - meet the first town to put Deep Throat on trial.; Quincy house: poison ivy league - two harvard students are arrested for screening deep throat.; Commentary track; With directors randy barbato and fenton bailey.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Hopper Narrator
Linda Lovelace Actor
Gerard Damiano Interviewee
Harry Reems Interviewee
John Waters Interviewee
Erica Jong Interviewee
Norman Mailer Interviewee
Gore Vidal Interviewee
Alan Dershowitz Interviewee
Hugh Hefner Interviewee
Camille Paglia Interviewee
Ruth Westheimer Interviewee
Peter Bart Participant
Carl Bernstein Participant
Tony Bill Participant
Ralph Blumenthal Participant
Barbara Boreman Participant
Helen Gurley Brown Participant
Susan Brownmiller Participant
Lenny Camp Participant
Pat Carroll Participant
Dick Cavett Participant
Wes Craven Participant
Al Goldstein Gorman, John
Xaviera Hollander Participant
Herb Kassner Participant
Charles Keating Participant
Bruce Kramer Participant
Bill Maher Participant
Peter Manouse Participant
Lindsay Marchiano Participant
Larry Parrish Participant
William Purcell Participant
Ray Shipley Participant
Arthur Sommer Participant
Terry Sommer Participant
Georgina Spelvin Participant
Annie Sprinkle Participant
Andrea True Participant
Ron Wertheim Participant
Linda Williams Participant

Technical Credits
Fenton Bailey Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Randy Barbato Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Sarah Brown Associate Producer
Mona Card Co-producer
Bill Coleman Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill Coleman Musical Direction/Supervision
Albee Gordon Sound/Sound Designer
William Grayburn Editor
Brian Grazer Producer
David Kempner Cinematographer
Teodoro Maniaci Cinematographer
Kim Roth Executive Producer
Jayme Roy Sound/Sound Designer
Jeremy Simmons Editor
David Benjamin Steinberg Score Composer,Songwriter
Ashley York Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Inside Deep Throat
1. Por-No! (Main Titles) [2:54]
2. Badge of a New Era [4:32]
3. A Family Man [6:22]
4. Nothing to Be Ashamed Of [2:12]
5. The Girl Next Door [4:04]
6. An Unknown Lead [5:55]
7. The Absolute Pleasure [3:45]
8. Police Move In [6:10]
9. Porn is Chic [4:37]
10. Popular & Profitable [3:37]
11. Organized Crime [5:58]
12. A Run for Their Money [4:08]
13. Under Surveillance [2:53]
14. Charged with Conspiracy [6:05]
15. Guilty Verdict [3:28]
16. Culture Turn [1:09]
17. Media Commodity [6:09]
18. From Art to Money [4:54]
19. Today... [3:18]
20. Epilogue/End Titles [:54]

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