The Pornographer

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One man's fascination with pornography leads him down a path of destruction, hurting both himself and others. In this independent drama, Paul (Michael DeGood) is a young man who has problems with women, who falls into the habit of purchasing pornography and hiring prostitutes. After making a few amateur porn videos on his own, he meets Spano (Craig Wasson), a major producer of adult films who tells Paul he could go far in pornography if he could find the right star. When Paul meets Kate (Katheryn Cain) -- a ...
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Parent, Monique, Luz, Franc, Kato, Fay, Hertzberg, George, Harris, Marjorie, Feder, Todd, DeGood, Michael, Cain, Katheryn,... 11/20/2001 DVD Good 2000 Run time: 89. Free ... upgrade to 1st class shipping on all domestic orders under 13OZ. Read more Show Less

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One man's fascination with pornography leads him down a path of destruction, hurting both himself and others. In this independent drama, Paul (Michael DeGood) is a young man who has problems with women, who falls into the habit of purchasing pornography and hiring prostitutes. After making a few amateur porn videos on his own, he meets Spano (Craig Wasson), a major producer of adult films who tells Paul he could go far in pornography if he could find the right star. When Paul meets Kate (Katheryn Cain) -- a naive, aspiring actress who has just moved to L.A. -- he thinks he may have found just the right girl to build his career on. But Paul is blind to the dangerous and sordid world he has moved into, and the deeper he goes, the more damage is done to himself and to Kate. Co-star Craig Wasson also served as associate producer for this film, which was shown at the 1999 Santa Barbara Film Festival.
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In the 1990s, audiences showed they were curious about the inner workings of the porn industry, and filmmakers attacked the subject in ways ranging from grandiose epic (Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights) to frivolous satire (Trey Parker's Orgazmo). But the topic is at its least glamorous in Doug Atchison's The Pornographer, which gives a fleshed-out psychological profile of the customer, as well as the purveyor. Actually, the two become one in the character of Paul (Michael DeGood), whose genuine desire to date nice women gets mangled by a succession of unlucky rejections, indirectly transforming him from porn aficionado to auteur. Paul feeds off the false high of being accepted by the adult video community, and lets most of his remaining morals erode away, while still seeking a twisted version of real love. DeGood makes a good everyman, giving a complex performance that makes it impossible to demonize his character for behavior that often carries a harsh stigma. His attempts to find a real girlfriend have a heartbreaking earnestness, and the rest of what happens seems an inevitable offshoot of that disappointment. Craig Wasson, who looks and acts like a mixture of Bill Maher and Jerry Springer, is perfectly cast as the porn king who takes Paul in, refusing to let the role slip into caricature. Katheryn Cain's naïve hopeful is also powerfully rendered. Apart from a heavy-handed ending that strains credibility, the details of The Pornographer feel right, which makes for a thought-provoking film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • UPC: 658769916638
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Vanguard Cinema
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael DeGood Paul Ryan
Craig Wasson Spano
Monique Parent Charise
Katheryn Cain Kate
Todd Feder Randy
Marjorie Harris Teresa
Kelly Stone Natalie
George Hertzberg Tom
Mariam Parris Kristina
Technical Credits
Doug Atchison Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Katheryn Cain Co-producer
Dan Haberkorn Production Designer
Warner David Jansen Score Composer
Christopher Mosio Cinematographer
Niklas J. Palm Costumes/Costume Designer
Craig Wasson Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Start Credits [2:14]
2. You Skipped Me [2:21]
3. Another Client [10:50]
4. Les Miserables [4:12]
5. Make Your Own [6:50]
6. These Sizzle! [5:50]
7. Charise [17:10]
8. Exploiting Women [7:12]
9. Kate's Audition [9:26]
10. Get the Tape Back! [18:02]
11. I'll Never Be Free [1:05]
12. End Credits [3:06]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Extras
      Trailer
      Director's Mission Statement
      Deleted Scenes
      Evolution of a Scene
      Commentary Track
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