Crossing the Line – Deep Throat

We’re back after a week long break to bring you a film that changed the face of pornography! Made in 1972 by Gerald Damiano, Deep Throat created a surge of popularity among the middle class for porn and set the current trend of porn films with some form of plot. If the claim of nearly $600 million in profits is accurate (unlikely), Deep Throat would be the most profitable film ever made.

Tagline: How far does a girl have to go to untangle her tingle?

Synopsis: Linda Lovelace (coincidentally played by Linda Lovelace) can’t manage to climax in bed…or on a kitchen counter…or any other place she unashamedly puts out. She consults a doctor of questionable legitimacy who reveals that her clitoris is actually located at the back of her throat. He then confirms his diagnosis. Linda embraces her freak genetic mutation and gets a job as a personal sex therapist for various men, specializing in the titular “deep throat” technique. Meanwhile, her doctor has some more sex with a nurse. After a brisk 61 minutes of all this, Linda finds a fella to marry. All is right with the world.

Interesting Fact: The production, financing, and release of the film was done using mafia cash, mafia producers, and mafia owned theatres.

Objectionable material: Nudity, hairy naked people, ugly naked people, explicit blow jobs, pubic shaving, a ridiculous plot, some of the silliest music you’ve ever heard, orgies, an extraordinarily dumb plot even by porno standards, drinking coke out of a vagina, close up graphic sex

Disturbing Quote: “How would you like it if you had balls in your ears?”
“I guess I could hear myself coming!”

MBRFT: “Deep Throat” is a teeny bit more than an hour of stag party fun. Linda Lovelace sets the early standard for pornographic performances and monikers. Throughout the film, she keeps a tongue in her cheek, a bounce in her step, and a cock in her mouth. The film is now more than 35 years old, but it’s not too far from anything playing on Cinemax on a lonely Tuesday night. Sex on film hasn’t changed all that much since the film’s debut except for the modern removal of unsightly body hair. Unfortunately, 70’s pubic hair styles are as unkempt as 70’s haircuts.

I admire this film because it never tries to be anything that it’s not. It’s a campy porno film. It doesn’t pull a “Caligula” (review forthcoming) and aspire to tell a complex and epic story. In 61 minutes, it gets in and out (multiple times). The performances, production values and dialogue are as ridiculously over-the-top as the premise. We even get the sex scene staple of intercutting suggestive stock footage at the climax. The music deserves as much attention as the film itself with appropriately sloppy pornified imitations of popular music. The sleazy lounge-infused theme song is still stuck in my head.

I doubt any one could possibly be aroused by this film today, but it’s worth checking out as a cultural milestone. If you want to see a real piece of Americana, skip a visit to the Nixon Presidential Library and rent this instead. The mafia deserved to make all that money off of it.

PsychoLarry: I would like to say that the sex in Deep Throat is so unappealing that no one would find it arousing. I would really like to say that a man licking the bone dry vagina of a middle aged woman who is smoking and sneering is an image no person could get off to. Or that the extreme close ups during sweaty sex between two very much unshaved partners would be more repulsive than titillating. Unfortunately this is the internet, and I have seen what kind of things get people off. Deep Throat is a positively carnal delight compared to some of the stuff you people look at. Shame on you all!

It really amazes me that organized crime in the seventies could not gather up anyone more attractive than Linda Lovelace. Has Hollywood really lied to me with images of Diane Keaton, Lorraine Braco, Drea De Matteo, and Sharon Stone as the kind of women Mobsters have around them? Is it really nothing but homely women and homelier men? I’ll let the state of the guys slide because really, no one was watching a movie called Deep Throat hoping for a Stud parade, but how do you make a porno without a single attractive woman? Didn’t they have access to the strip clubs in Times Square or any upscale Escort agencies? The best a made man could do for a leading lady was an abused woman with more freckles than Carrot Top? Really? Yet somehow with their cast looking the way they do and constant shots of sweating men’s asses I’m supposed to buy that the film made $600 million. Even at today’s prices that’s 60 million people paying full ticket price to see a woman give a few blow jobs for an hour. I don’t buy it.

I’m not going to waste any time talking about the constant silliness or the hilariously bad soundtrack, because that’s what you expect when you watch a porn film. I am going to reiterate that, outside of those with Ugly people fetishes, you could do a lot better looking at the Google Image Search results for almost any combination of words in the English language.

Screaming Girl: So far Deep Throat has surprisingly been one of the tamest and entertaining movies we have watched. In a nutshell, Linda Lovelace can not get off. She asks her friend what to do and she says to try having an orgy (a very hairy orgy). Sadly the orgy didn’t work so she sees a doctor who discovers that her clitoris is in her throat. All is solved and she goes on a sexual journey with her doctor and all of his patients in the attempt to find a husband. She finally finds her husband who has sadly been afflicted with the horrible luck of having a 13 inch penis. Gladly the doctor comes to the rescue again letting her know that he can shorten her husband’s penis (by 4 inches) so that it will hit her throat clitoris (throatoris if you will). And they all lived happily ever after.

The soundtrack was awesome, mainly the title song “Deep Throat”. Also, I like to think of the possibility that some history buff rented the movie in the hopes that it was about the Watergate scandal, sat down in the living room with his wife and a bowl of popcorn. And discovered that this movie was not about Woodward and Bernstein but about some very hairy, very horny people.

Before I read the Wikipedia page about the movie I would say that the only controversial thing about the movie is the copious amounts of sex (oral, anal and vaginal). It could be debated that drinking Coca Cola out of a vagina would also be seen as controversial. Oh, and the fact that the doctor (I’m not quite sure he even had a name) was having sex with both his nurse and a patient. However, I did read the Wikipedia page and it was there that I found out that Linda Lovelace (Linda Boreman) claimed that she “did not consent to many of the depicted sexual acts and that she was coerced to perform by her abusive husband”. Also that she has this to say about the movie: “Virtually every time someone watches that movie, they’re watching me being raped”.

If what Linda Lovelace said was in fact true (I’m not denying or affirming that it happened). Then Deep Throat could possibly be our most controversial film purely because we are actually watching a woman being raped. It of course was not portrayed in the way that we usually see rape in movies but more often than not, rape isn’t always in a tunnel by a diabolical stranger (ahem Irreversible) but by someone that you know, care about or even love. If this is true, we are seeing one of the worst forms of violation therefore making it one of our most controversial movies.

Did I mention that everyone was really hairy?

Mind Fuckability Scale: Makes me think twice about drinking that can of Coke.

-Alright, we’ll be back to a weekly schedule from now on, I promise. Probably. If everything goes according to plan, look forward to Caligula next week.

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