2005
Rated: NC-17
Genre: Documentary
Directed By: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Running Time: 1:30
Review by: Felix Vasquez Jr.
Review Date: 2/03/08
INSIDE DEEP THROAT

 

Narrated by Dennis Hopper, “Inside Deep Throat” is one of the many films to remind us that this America, this nation which we call home is only the land of the free in theory. It’s only a Bill of Rights in ideas. But when we get down to it, there’s really nothing here but the core of a puritanical, conservative and fundamentally paranoid society who can shed violence at the drop of a hat, but feel sex in all forms is perverse and should be kept to a hush rather than explore it in an open forum. In one scene, a reporter discusses with Linda Lovelace that if perhaps giving people too much freedom would it lead to outright anarchy? It’s that rather delirious sense of fear and asinine terror tactics that have frozen America in a state of perpetual conservatism where sex between a man and woman, or man and man should be limited, monitored and kept behind closed doors. One of the other truer and more interesting aspects of “Inside Deep Throat” is the exposing of the more prevalent fallacies to the ideology of feminism and how utterly fractured a mindset it was, is, and has become.

Most particularly is the standings of feminists to porn who bash and chastise porn gurus like Hugh Hefner, and Larry Flynt for objectifying women, when they never truly consider that perhaps porn stars are the most exemplary figures of feminism as they demonstrate the philosophy of feminism in doing what they choose to do, and performing with enough independence to be less than objects and more conscious individuals practicing the idea of feminism.  

“Inside Deep Throat” is not just a glance at the most famous porn movie of all time that also sparked vast tragedy and controversy, but also it’s a polemic on America, and its incapability to be accepting of sexuality by demonizing and stigmatizing the act. “Inside Deep Throat” also shows the domino effect its had on its major cast who were ostracized and banished from society for decades before re-emerging, some of whom are still on the run from the law. While the film itself is entertaining, “Inside Deep Throat” gets to the core of the porn industry and shows how this simple movie was a statement to the old America who continues to push the idea that sex is a taboo act that should never be discussed or demonstrated. The powerful commentary from Bill Maher and John Waters, paired with interviews with the surviving cast is awfully thought provoking and gathers many perspectives of what the movie represented and possibly lay points down to prove or disprove Lovelace’s allegations of rape and assault during production. It’s an excellent documentary that shows how little America’s progressed in the way of sexuality, in spite of its negative portrayal of the porn industry.

In spite of the negative portrayal of the modern pornography industry, “Inside Deep Throat” is an interesting glimpse at the most popular porn ever made, and its ability to expose the inherent hypocrisy and tyranny of society in the face of sexuality.

 

 

 


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