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Inside Deep Throat

Genre: Documentary
Rated: Unrated
Directed by: FENTON BAILEY, RANDY BARBATO
Produced by: BRIAN GRAZER, FENTON BAILEY, RANDY BARBATO
Starring:
LINDA LOVELACE, HARRY REEMS
Released by: Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment

In Short: "Inside Deep Throat" offers an in-depth look at the politics of a cult classic.

Inside Deep Throat
Straight Talk about Taboos
By Cherie Saunders

Produced by Brian Grazer (“Beautiful Mind,” “8 Mile”), “Inside Deep Throat” plunges audiences into the unique political and sexual climate of the early 1970s that helped turn a $25,000 pornographic film into a $600 million cultural phenomenon. It is directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“Party Monster,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), and features commentary from most of the filmmakers involved in the original 1972 film, including director Gerard Damiano, production manager Ron Wertheim and assistant cameraman-turned-leading man Harry Reems.

Be forewarned---a fair amount of clips from the racy original are used as reference points for the current re-examination, including the pivotal scene with star Linda Lovelace that gave the movie its title. Bailey and Barbato’s focus, however, remains on the colorful parade of personalities who take us down memory lane, as well as enlightening segments detailing the mob-financing, FBI raids and legal action surrounding the film’s release.

“Deep Throat’s” revolutionary role in the politically conservative Nixon-era is also explored through segments highlighting its intrusion into pop culture. The documentary is at its most engaging when the spotlight is on “Deep Throat’s” two stars. Lovelace died in a car crash in April 2002, and Reems was charged by federal prosecutors with “conspiracy to transport obscenity across state lines” in the government’s ridiculous attempt to discourage future actors from shooting porn flicks.

Adding extra insight and perspective on “Deep Throat” are esteemed authors, filmmakers and social critics representing all sides of the debate on the sexual revolution and battle for First Amendment rights. Among them are Alan Dershowitz, Gore Vidal, John Waters, Norman Mailer, Erica Jong, Camille Paglia and Hugh Hefner. Narrated by Dennis Hopper, “Inside Deep Throat” offers an impressive historical perspective on one of the most profitable films of all time.


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