Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Life in Dirty Movies (2013)

Original title: The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies

Director: Wiktor Ericsson

Writer: Wiktor Ericsson

Composer: Bugge Wesseltoft

Starring: Joseph W. Sarno, Peggy Steffans, Michael Bowen, John Waters, Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan, Annie Sprinkle, Michael Raso, Jamie Gillis

More info: IMDb

Plot: A documentary shot at the end of pornographer Joe Sarnos's life, which reveals his attempt to make one last film, as well as his relationship with his wife, Peggy.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Fans of exploitation pictures should watch this, not because of the quality of the man's pictures but to get a lot of behind the scenes stories of making those pictures and of the sexploitation industry as it existed before and after hardcore pornography hit the scene in the early 70s.  This isn't an exciting and necessarily fun documentary but it is informative.  And because it's rather dry and slow and quiet, there's little replay value.  I've seen a few of his pictures.  Some were bad and some were good.  My favorites (so far - the man made over a hundred pictures) are SIN IN THE SUBURBS (1964) and THE DEVIL'S PLAYTHING (1973).  They're both good and fun in different ways. If you're unfamiliar with his work, don't just start watching anything.  Start with those two or his stuff from the 60s.  At least that's a blast from the past and watching sexploitation from more than 50 years ago can often be a treat just because of the recent ancient history.  Plus 1960s boobs were HOT (and so where 70s and 80s.  After that, boobs were...just different).

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