A young, once-great Hollywood film director refuses to accept changing times during the early 1930s, and confines himself to his decaying mansion to make silent porn flicks.




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A once-great silent film director, unable to make the transition to the new talkies, lives as a near-hermit in his Hollywood home, making cheap, silent sex films, and suffering in the knowledge of his sexual impotence, and apathetic about the plans to demolish his home to make way for a motorway. His producer and his producer's girlfriend come by to see how he is doing (and to supply heroin to the actress as her payment). The girlfriend stays to watch them filming, and is deeply impressed by his methods. When the actress goes to the bathroom, and dies there of an overdose, the girlfriend takes her place in the film. Then the producer returns... Written by Steven Pemberton <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl>

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Now they make pornos. But they're brilliant pornos. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 February 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Erotiko gros plan  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Famous Old Hollywood film industrys figures from the Golden Age of Hollywood that are referenced in dialogue in the film included a young pre-famous Clark Gable, Cecil B. DeMille, Lillian Gish, D.W. Griffith, Jack Pickford, Wallace Reid and Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America head Will H. Hays. See more »


Sitting at piano, Boy Wonder plays song Moonglow, written in 1934. The movie takes place at least three or four years earlier (characters repeatedly talk about a then-unknown actor named Clark Gable, already a big star by time song was written).

NOTE: "Moonglow" is not explicitly referenced as such, and is virtually identical to 1929's "Sweeter Than Sweet", so this may not be a goof. See more »


Cathy Cake: You're scared of something, you're trembling like a leaf.
Boy Wonder: I'm not scared of anything, sweetheart.
Cathy Cake: If you're not scared of anything, how come you never go out of your house any more, huh?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are shown in black-and-white, against a backdrop of a silk cloth. It is also grainier and scratched in spots compared to the rest of the film. It is very reminiscent of the credits of vintage 30's melodramas. See more »


Featured in Playboy: The Story of X (1998) See more »


Written by Will Hudson, Edgar De Lange and Irving Mills
Played by Joe Venuti and his orchestra
recording courtesy of RCA records
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"Off color, Risky, Edgy, Masterpiece. Bound to be a Classic"
21 June 2005 | by (United States BOULDER COUNTY COLORADO) – See all my reviews

I am please others have found this little unknown film, to be the treasure it is....I thought I was the only one who likes this film.

True story I hear. So there I am at the salad bar at the Hollywood Sizzler, and who is next to me, but Richard Dreyfuss, hiding under a baseball cap.

I had to write him a note, before this rare opportunity slipped away. "Dear Mr. Dreyfuss, your performance in "Inserts" was worth an Oscar. You were brilliant. The whole cast was perfect. I loved the "Cuban Gothic" house. Thank you for taking such a professional risk. Bravo." Signed: An Admirer Paid a waitress $5 to take it over to him. He was with his wife and kids, with his back to the room. I then slipped out after he opened the folded note and read my words. Read what others who love film have written about this underground classic yet to be discovered? The whole cast went on to become big movie stars after making this little masterpiece. Bravo to the writer, cast and crew.

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