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Inside Deep Throat


Source: Catholic News Service

Serious-minded but visually explicit documentary detailing the history and legacy of the notorious 1972 porn film -- and the cultural and legal firestorm it ignited -- via a slickly edited mosaic of archival footage, hard-core clips from the film itself, interviews with its principal players and talking-head comments from cultural pundits like Norman Mailer, Dick Cavett, Gore Vidal, Hugh Hefner and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the documentary, while more sociocultural than salacious in tone, nevertheless tries so hard to position its subject as a rallying point for First Amendment rights that it politely glosses over (though doesn't completely ignore) the sleazy film's more sordid particulars and gives short shrift to arguments against pornography on the moral grounds that it exploits women and is degrading to the dignity of sex and the human person. Recurring graphic sexual images. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is NC-17 -- no one 17 or under admitted.

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