Deep Throat

Dir: Gerard Damiano (Jerry Gerard), 1972

2/10

This review is of the hardcore version

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND OFFENSIVE.

I know this isn’t a film as such, but its notoriety and infamy, coupled with its status as a classic, warranted a mention.

Arguably the most famous porn film of all time and a contender for the reason that porn became “mainstream”.
Unable to achieve orgasm, Linda Lovelace seeks advice from a doctor (Harry Reems).

The doctor finds the underlying cause to her problem; her clitoris is, actually, in the back of her throat.

Honing her skills of fellatio, Lovelace becomes a therapist to the doctor, employing her ability on a variety of patients.

Deep Throat is a difficult film to judge by today’s standards. Technology has improved, pornography has made leaps and bounds in its craft and is more adventurous (harder and more explicit).

The titles were, relatively, mild, catchy and memorable and have entered film history.

Titles like Debbie Does Dallas have entered the public conscious and are still talked about. Nowadays, they have names like Cum Dumpsters, Butt Licking Anal Whores, Cum In My Ass, Not In My Mouth and the most offensive title, ever; Oh, No! A Negroe’s In My Daughter! Not exactly subtle.

It’s a relic of the 70’s. Not a particularly good one, but still a reminder of a bygone era.

In all truthfulness, it’s a terrible film. The sex is about as erotic or titillating as a soggy tea bag.

Anyone watching this in the effort of giving themselves a good time, will be sorely disappointed.

The film is so dated and devoid of any thrills, that to call it a porno is pushing it.

When arthouse directors like Gaspar Noe and Lars Von Trier, regularly load their films with more hardcore sex than what’s on offer here, relegating this to sex shops seems silly.

Let’s not forget that Tinto Brass’s Caligula is now freely available in its uncut form in most countries.

Linda Lovelace never looked like your archetypal adult star. Maybe that’s what the attraction was.

There wasn’t, exactly, an industry like there is today. Girls such as Casey Calvert and Tori Black often sign to studios and producers have a high stake in the home video market with their own label. They’ve got the money.

Along with Behind the Green Door and The Devil In Miss Jones, Deep Throat paved the way for porn to become professional. Adult entertainment was able to move with the times, and it didn’t take long for producers to catch up.

Directors began using more sophisticated equipment. They started to employ the film industry standard of 35mm, and then VHS and so on. Now it’s high definition and digital content.

But this film cannot be dismissed.

It’s 16mm, grainy film stock and short running time emit the grindhouse feel that gives it a charm and look that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez went for in their Grindhouse double feature.

The film is of much controversy, today, because of the assertions of its star.

Lovelace (using her real name of Linda Boreman), has gone on record saying that she was raped and beaten during the making of the film, with a gun being pointed at her off camera.

Obviously, the rest of the cast and crew categorically refute this and insist that she was a willing participant.

Prior to making Deep Throat, Lovelace had starred in a series of 8mm ‘loops’, or ‘stag films’. The most famous of these is Dogarama, where she has sex with a dog.

Everybody that knew her or worked with her, agree that she made these films of her own volition and enjoyed it.

Whatever the truth is, we’ll never know as Boreman died in a car crash in 2002 and several people involved in the movie have now passed.

As for the film, it’s a curiosity piece that deserves its place in history but is, rather, boring.

Watch it to say you’ve seen it but don’t expect a lot.

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