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This movie set the stage for "Porno Chic" a time when it seemed okay to go out and see a "dirty movie" at the local theatre. Couples were going, along with groups of women, curious as to what the clamour was all about. The clamour was actually about this technique that Linda Lovelace was displaying in this movie. That is the true star of the movie. We can easily forget that this was a time when adult features were trying to have a storyline to gain acceptance with a mainstream audience so a story is included. The acting in this movie is okay as porn acting goes, luckily the one with the talented throat also could manage a few acting skills. Dolly Sharp as Linda's girlfriend Helen is funny and has an unusual look for those of us used to modern-day Bimbo porno queens. What ever happened to Dolly Sharp? Harry Reems is doing his best Groucho Marx imitation as the doctor who helps Linda with her "problem". The young looking blonde who is Reems' nurse just seems to be allowing her body to be used as she appears to be a million miles away emotionally and mentally. Great music. Rare to find a porn movie what has lyrics along with the action. Singing a song called "Bubbles" and making bubbling noises during an oral sex scene comes across pretty funny , but the song that is REALLY funny is the title song "Deep Throat" with such memorable lyrics as "Deep Throat, that's all she wrote, Deep Throat", we have had a lot of fun making up our own lyrics to this song. Highly recommended adult movie. Funny as hell, sexy and it will get you turned on. What more can one ask for in an adult film?
In 1968, the Production Code was abandoned and replaced by the MPAA classification system. Valenti gave producers the option of giving themselves a self-imposed 'X' rather than submit the film for a rating. X was the only one they hadn't registered a trademark. From 1969-1970 there was a glut of soft-core X rated films in the marketplace like "I am Curious, Yellow" and "Inga". However, by 1971, XXX hard-core had established itself in many urban areas and essentially replaced the soft-core X product. "Deep Throat" became a test case regarding the level of pornography that was going to be acceptable in theaters. It was subject to extension litigation and several were brought up on charges including Harry Reems. For a period of time it was declared obscene in New York. I traveled with a group of high school friends to see it in New Jersey circa 1973 and even though we were underage, we got in. Needless to say, with all the hoopla surrounding the picture I was disappointed. It was a typical boring porn notwithstanding Lovelace's ability to control her gag reflex. I've seen better and I've seen worse. The trouble with most porn is that eroticism is both psychological as well as physical. A truly sensual scene requires performance, some motion picture technical finese as well as the mechanics of sex. Few porno actresses had any acting talent beyond faking orgasms and the production value of most XXX features tended to be poor. "Deep Throat" is no exception. Richard W. Haines
The all time classic , the first hardcore porno film to play to sold out
mainstream theaters and certainly a very bizzare relic from 1972. A very
strange musical movie with campy dialogue , comedic acting , and very weird
music including a strange version of the Coke theme in a bizzare scene. The
sex is so-so not too erotic and suffers from the extreme closeup syndrome
where it tries to zoom in as far as it can til it blurs out repeatally that
got annoying but the film itself is a nostaligic funny and campy movie that
can be viewed on it's merits as a sex comedy rather than a pornographic
movie..definitly the all time cult classic
Just pick a category ANY category will do, actually, because "Deep Throat" fits in all of them. It's pure porn, naturally, but also a hard-to-obtain milestone with a cult history like no other movie could ever present. "Deep Throat" made the porn-industry what it is today: a mainstream and very profitable business in which actors and directors get respect and sympathy. And, instead of simply editing a whole lot of boring hardcore sequences together, the makers of this film wanted to tell a story (although a very silly one) with a great sense of humor! Linda Lovelace stars as a poor young woman who can't enjoy physical love no matter what she tries Along with her doctor (the utterly cool Harry Reems) she discovers that her clitoris is wrongfully placed at the back-end of her throat! The doctor, as well as multiple other volunteers, gladly teaches her a way by which she can enjoy sex after all. This premise alone already is quite comical but humorist value of "Deep Throat" is increased by the playful performances (Reems is having the time of his life), the brilliant music (wait until you hear the title song!) and the implementation of typical but non-pornographic footage that illustrates what kind of pleasure the characters are going through (for example, shots from a rocket-launch when the men are climaxing ). Funny stuff and Lovelace still looks better than most female porn stars today!
How on earth does one go about reviewing DEEP THROAT nowadays ? Though
it's clearly still the best known adult movie of all time, it cannot be
called a good film in any objective or traditional sense. Many have
speculated over the three intervening decades as to the reasons why
THROAT, which even in 1972 was hardly the best of its kind, became such
a huge box office bonanza, furthered rather than hindered by its much
publicized prosecution. Absolutely everything you need to know about
the movie's legal problems and its sociological significance is
elaborated upon in the excellent 2005 documentary INSIDE DEEP THROAT.
Rather than waste precious space on a futile attempt to put my 2 cents
in regarding THROAT's apparent discrepancy between quality and
longevity, I'll try to give my honest opinion on the film proper,
unbothered by all that has been said and written about it since it was
Linda Lovelace ("as Herself", according to the credits) is a happy hippie chick living of dad's allowance and sharing a house with fun-loving divorcée Helen (Dolly Sharp, star of the Amero Brothers' DYNAMITE and tons of loops). Their carefree existence is marred only by Linda's inability to achieve orgasm, this evidently NOT through lack of trying ! While sex makes her feel all nice 'n' tingly, she wants to hear "bells ringing, dams bursting, guns going off", prompting Helen's laughing request if she wants to get off or wreck the city. Help is at hand in the shape of wacky Doctor Young (the role that forever saddled Herbert Streicher with the ludicrous nom de porn of "Harry Reems"), a psychiatrist who's way nuttier than any of his patients but actually seems to hold the cure to Linda's ills. It turns out that her clitoris isn't quite located where it should be, hence her incapacity for total sexual fulfillment, but is situated at the back of her throat ! The only way for Linda to climax is to perform fellatio all the way down, an act that has been referred to by the film's title ever since. Linda's devouring of Harry's member (cross-cut with images of, yep, bells ringing, dams bursting and guns going off to indicate the girl's pleasure) really is something to see, as startling a display of sexual acrobatics now as it must've been 35 years ago.
With a demanding nurse - played by Carol Connors, later star of Gail Palmer's CANDY movies and mother of mainstream actress Thora Birch (whose dad, Jack Birch a/k/a "Michael Powers" also appears as #12 in the Dolly Sharp threesome with one shot John Byron) - to consider, the good doctor tries to set up Linda with one of his other patients by engaging her as an out-call physical therapist. Some of the sex that ensues consists of loop footage shot prior to principal filming. You can generally tell by the absence of live sound during these scenes, compensated by voice-over and the use of silly sound f/x. Linda finally finds happiness, and gets to perform her party trick once more with feeling, with dopey Wilbur Wang (the aptly moniker-ed William Love) who meets the necessary requirements to hit the lady's sensitive spot.
Apart from Linda's oral abilities, the sex is pretty much run of the mill raunch, generally well- covered by utilitarian camera work and editing but not much different from loops of the period. You also never get to see Linda entirely naked, due to a large scar running from her chest down to her abdomen as a result of a car crash she almost miraculously survived some years earlier. She was not that fortunate in 2002 when another traffic accident tragically ended her life. Her conflicting accounts of abuse at the hands of then husband Chuck Traynor around the time of filming are but some of the many specters that continue to haunt this movie. While bruises are apparent (check out her early poolside dialog bit with Dolly Sharp), she does seem to enjoy herself sexually. If she's pretending, she might've been a far better actress than she was ever given credit for.
Another asset is the film's endearingly awful soundtrack with a number of relentlessly hummable original tunes like its title song (yes, it does exist), the rambunctious "Bubbles" track that plays over the orgy scene with Linda and Helen lining up the guys for their personal pleasure (an almost feminist concept, just kidding !) and the raunchy reworking of the New Seekers' "I'd Like to Teach the World" appropriately supporting what I'd call the Coca Cola scene involving the beverage, a clear plastic tube and Linda's private parts.
Those who enjoy putting the film down tend to overlook that sophisticated wit was never director Gerard Damiano's goal. This is toilet humor, a dirty joke well told, akin to the sauciness displayed by burlesque comedians in between strip acts. On that level it works like a charm. So while there were other adult movies at the time that had more sophisticated story lines and more erotic sex (like MONA, THE VIRGIN NYMPH and SCHOOL GIRL), this brash, in your face farce offered belly laughs along with the unfettered fornicating to anyone in need of an excuse to enjoy a pornographic film. As it was the first to hit upon that surefire recipe for success, it totally deserves to be remembered (and occasionally revisited) as the adult film that started it all.
the timing was perfect: 1972, Dick Nixon, Vietnam, sexual revolution, etc.
If you recall Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris" is from this very
same period, though in my opinion not as enduring as Deep Throat. Deep
Throat defined and pretty much set in motion the modern porn genre and
actually anticipated the massive porn industry as we know it today. There
were law suits and supreme court rulings. Alan Dershwitz defended Harry
Reems and William Buckley had a whole program devoted to the movie. It is
perhaps one of the most influential movies of all time and it made many to
question, analyze, and think, and that is the hallmark of a great
... that ending left me laughing endlessly, but as a movie, 'Deep
Throat' is rather disappointing.
Apparently, this movie was needed in the America in the 70's, so it became something of a 'thing to see', just as we in the Netherlands had the incredible hit 'Blue Movie' (1971).
But when looked upon some 30 years later, one can see 'Deep Throat' is a rather weak attempt to put some sort of story (which involves a woman with her clitoris in her mouth, and the problems (and opportunities) that arise from that) into a porn flick. Rather silly if you'd ask me.
The buzz this movie gets (and it will heighten considering the recent documentary Inside Deep Throat, and a planned re-release of the movie), it certainly does not deserve from the quality of the film. Great songs though! 4/10.
anyhow, for a genuine masterclass on how to make a very low budget operation which has reputedly made more money than all the 'star wars' movies put together then look no further. this is the sort of thing which makes the term 'swallowing my pride' all the more difficult to fathom... r.i.p. linda.
The R2 DVD edition via which I finally got to watch this “cultural
phenomenon” and “censorship milestone” has to be the most atrocious and
redundant in existence. I’m sure that even those film buffs personally
unfamiliar with the film are aware of what its title is alluding to,
but the uninitiated would not really be any the wiser after having sat
through it in this truly lamentable guise! Finding the film to be so
(intentionally) comical was surprising enough – snatches of dialogue
and especially the song lyrics heard throughout are virtual howlers –
but I certainly wasn’t expecting the most infamous of
theatrically-released adult movies to be this chaste: in fact, it is so
heavily cropped on this disc that its hardcore content is virtually
nullified entirely. I’m fully aware that what one doesn’t see (but only
imagines) is usually more effective than what he does get (or is
permitted) to view – but this travesty is simply too ridiculous for
words. “And deep throat to you all” indeed!
All that is left for me to do, therefore, is to tell of what it is about and something of its legacy. Linda Lovelace plays a woman who has been born with a misplaced clitoris and, consequently, doesn’t enjoy the physical act of love. Her best friend doesn’t seem to have any such problems and, in fact, arranges marathon lovin’ sessions for Lovelace at her home but to no practical avail. Thus, she visits a nerdy sex therapist who not only manages to identify her organic oddity in no time but, understandably enough, comes up with the obvious solution faster than you can say “Deep Throat”! The cure works wonders and Lovelace is soon employed by the therapist to service his own case studies and himself personally in her own spare time…
Unlike common knowledge, DEEP THROAT was not the first hardcore movie to be exhibited theatrically in America but it was easily the most notorious one of its era. Its unequivocal and overreaching cultural standing need only be assessed by the fact that the mysterious insider in the 1974 Watergate scandal which shook the nation chose to be identified by (of all things) the name of this porn flick! Besides, Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols is said to have personally recommended the film to controversial novelist Norman Mailer at the time of release! While Lovelace appeared in an official sequel two years later and the film itself inspired a feature-length documentary in 2005, there are at least two more adult movies – released in 1987 and 1989 – with “Deep Throat” in their title but these are apparently unrelated to the original.
I just saw an uncut xxx version of this movie and it is one of the funniest
films i have ever seen.
I love the line about "Do you mind if I smoke while you eat?" and the scene when Ms Lovelace finds out about her unique organs!.
A lot of reviews have said that this film is tame but they must have seen cut versions because the version I watched was real sex and very strong.
see it as soon as possible and if you can get the XXX uncut version!
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