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Black Love (1971)

A hardcore "sex education" film showing the mating habits of various African American couples in Chicago.


(as R.L. Smith)


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Joseph L. Turner ... Narrator (voice)


A hardcore "sex education" film showing the mating habits of various African American couples in Chicago.

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Release Date:

28 September 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Satanika orgia  »

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1.37 : 1
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Herschell Gordon Lewis was contracted by Robert L. Smith (a local Chicago area businessman) to make this feature film. Lewis ended up using Smith's name (R.L. Smith) as a pseudonym for directing and producing credits. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [voice-over] 'Black Love' is not an erotic sex film. It is rather a study of an important aspect of a black experience; the act of making love of two people physically and psychologically fulfilling basic human needs and desires. Through a significant extent, 'Black Love' is different from any other form of lovemaking because of a physical, sociological and psychological differences among black people. Some of these differences are real. Others are imagined. And some are based on ...
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THE END... has not yet been written to BLACK LOVE... but only to this motion picture. See more »


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Lewis Has a Reason to Be Embarrassed
15 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Black Love (1971)

1/2 (out of 4)

For decades director Herschell Gordon Lewis denied making a hardcore porn film and after viewing BLACK LOVE it's easy to see why. I don't think he denied it because it's hardcore but because of how bad the thing actually is. This here is presented as a "science project" or a "documentary" to explain why and how black people have sex. Really? Joseph L. Turner narrates this documentary as he pretty much just explains everything that we can see with our eyes. There are various sexual encounters including a couple very weird ones where we learn most black kids learn about sex by walking in on their parents or while playing in the park they see couples having sex in cars. BLACK LOVE would probably be a cult favorite like REEFER MADNESS due to how stupid it is but the porn aspect is going to keep many people away so it will probably never become as famous. There's just no getting around the fact that this here is an incredibly bad movie from start to finish. The only thing one really learns is that this film knows nothing about "black love" because all of the stories told here could have been about white people or any other race. The dialogue is just downright awful and the narration says some of the dumbest things you're ever going to hear from a film like this. I'm not sure who actually went to see this thing when it was released but lets hope they didn't take it too serious. The film also contains some downright horrid cinematography and lets not even get started on the music score. This here is certainly only going to be recommended to fans of Lewis who must see everything the man did. I'm sure if you asked him the director would gladly tell you just to skip over this one.

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