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The movie's Inserts (1975) title has double entendre meaning and relevance for this picture about pornographic film production in Hollywood during the 1930s. The word "insert" refers to the act of penile insertion in sexual intercourse something which is regularly seen in a stag film or skin flick. An "insert" is also an abbreviation for a type of film technique shot in motion picture production which is known in full as a "pick-up shot" or "insert shot" but can also be known as a "reaction shot" if it involves a character's reaction. Such a shot is usually a very minor quick shot filmed after the main scene has been filmed in order to augment, enhance or logicalise the footage. This can often be required for editing purposes or to make a necessary reference due to content in the sequence. See more »
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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 »
Inserts is a terrific little film. That plays like a stage play set in one room. Dreyfuss is terrific in the role of a washed up silent film director genius that has turned to making porn films. Ten times better than Boogie Nights in the statement it makes concerning the porn industry as it explores the birth of porn. See this forgotten gem. It was x-rated at the time of its release and that must have killed its box office potential.
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