Inside Deep Throat

Inside Deep Throat (2005) movie poster

(2005) dir. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
viewed: 01/14/06

This documentary about the most famous of porn films, 1972’s Deep Throat, seemed like a pretty sure bet. The cultural effect of the film, the politics that it touched off, the human aspect of the film on its collaborators, all of this easily makes for the material of a strong cultural document and historical discourse. And the filmmakers scored some good names as talking heads, John Waters, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Camille Paglia. The material is all there and it gets addressed in moderate amounts. I don’t really know why but it just doesn’t all come together.

Narrated by Dennis Hopper, the filmmakers’ voice is somehow unsituated. Maybe it’s the fact that there is so much potential to cover in the process. I don’t know. It’s just kind of there. It’s not awful, it’s just not as interesting as it could be.

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