Some Documentary Films Relating to Pornography


The point of this list is not to celebrate or recommend pornography, but simply to aid in learning about resources for exploring an interesting and important subject in the modern social environment. For whoever is interested, for whatever reason.

Some of the following films are rated X. Most are either Rated R or NC-17 or Unrated. These are all documentary (educational) films, they are not pornography. They do contain nudity. I've seen most of these. Rather than a selected list of recommended films, I have tended toward completeness here (since I haven't seen anything like this anywhere else and I seem to be a compulsive listmaker). There is a wide range of viewpoints among these films, some are objective and purely educational, some are fun celebrations, some may be a bit sleazy, and some are very critical of the subject. Most are DVDs unless otherwise noted. In no particular order....



See Also: Documentaries About Human Sexuality


Thinking XXX (2006 - 60min) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BNXD50
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_XXX
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0438492/
Official Site: www.thinkingxxx.com
Director's Website: www.greenfield-sanders.com
The Book: XXX: 30 Porn Star Portraits www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0821257455
A famous top-class photographer decides to make a book of photos of porn stars. 60 photos, 30 porn stars, 2 photos of each, same posture, one with clothes on, one with clothes off. This film documents the process of making the book. Lots of interesting commentary from various intellectuals such as Gore Vidal and John Waters, as well as interviews with the porn stars. Includes lots of men, some of whom work in gay porn. Made for HBO. Rated TV-MA. "Includes full frontal nude images of both men and women." Excellent film, smart and well-done. Recommended.


Pornography - The Secret History of Civilization (2000 - 312min) Fenton Bailey, Chris Rodley, Dev Varma, Kate Williams
Amazon (DVD 03/07/06 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CSUNU2
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0498445/
Six episodes, 5 hours, on 2 DVDs (released in 2006). Very interesting, thorough, serious history of pornography. The six episodes are: The Ruins of Pompei, The Printing Press, Photography, Film, Video, and the Internet. (Note the correlation between the history of pornography and the history of media). Recommended. Netflix has this.


Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look at an X-Rated Industry (2009 - 81min) Michael Grecco
Official Site: www.nakedambition.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1404702/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0037EDIF0
Based on the director's 2009 book of the same name (not to be confused with the earlier book Naked Ambition: Women Who are Changing Pornography by Carly Milne). Yes, it is another documentary based on the making of an art photo coffee table book of pornstars (see Thinking XXX above). This one aims to be a little more accessible, more presentable (less nudity - just a few bare chests) and covers a wider subject - the culture of porn. Photos are taken at the 2006 AVN Expo in Las Vegas and at the 2006 AVN Awards. Lots of interesting talks with porn stars, lots of looking around at the AVN Expo. Covers a lot, many angles explored, lots to think about, fast-paced, very interesting, fun film. Special features - 2 trailers, Spanish subtitles, 18 minutes of deleted scenes.


After Porn Ends (2010 - 94min) Bryce Wagoner
Official site: www.afterpornends.com/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008I5CURU
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1291547/
Well done, thought-provoking film. Talks to a dozen or so ex-pornstars, with various reasons for leaving porn and various different feelings about it. Interviewees: Mary Carey, Houston, Crissy Moran, Raylene, Asia Carrera, Seka, Randy West, Amber Lynn, Shelley Lubben, Bill Margold, Tyffany Millon, John Leslie, Nina Hartley, Richard Pacheco, Luke Ford, Dr. Neil Malamuth. The only extra features on the DVD are 3 extended interviews: Amber Lynn (25min), Nina Hartley (22min), Houston (15min). Recommended.


Graphic Sexual Horror (2009 - 86min) Anna Lorentzon, Barbara Bell
Official Site: www.graphicsexualhorror.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1326224/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphic_Sexual_Horror
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insex
Interview with Barbara Bell by Bougieman: bougieman.livejournal.com/436907.html
Review at CarnalNation.com: carnalnation.com/content/24261/921/graphic-sexual-horror-documentary
Review at SinsOfCinema.com: sinsofcinema.com/Reviews/Graphic-Sexual-Horror-Review.php
Review at New York Press: www.nypress.com/article-19454-whip-smart.html
Article at Pro-Porn Activism Blog: bppa.blogspot.com/2009/09/graphic-sexual-horror-part-deux.html
Amazon (DVD 08/10/10 Synapse Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003PNKM5W
Award-winning behind-the-scenes look at the bondage website insex.com. Very intense, probably too much for most people, extremely interesting and an important film in dealing with issues of free speech. Ironically, it has had trouble in distribution chains (see blog postings at official site). As of AUG 2010 - DVD can be ordered at Amazon. Netflix has this listed (can put in Saved Queue), but no telling if they will decide to carry it. Recommended.


Pornstar - The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2002 - 76min) Scott J. Gill
Official Site: www.ronjeremy-themovie.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007JZXS
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0282856/
Ron is one of the most famous porn stars, though not particulary attractive (sometimes called "the hedgehog"). Very funny (and sad) and entertaining look at his life in the business. (Note that there is a "censored" R-rated version of this DVD, as well as the Unrated, Uncut version).


Inside Deep Throat (2005 - 90min) Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbatos
Official Site: www.insidedeepthroatmovie.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A1INIU
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_Deep_Throat
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0418753/
Explores the sociological phenomenon of the release of this early classic porn film in America in the 1970's. Lots of controversy. (Note that there is an R-rated version of this DVD, which is the censored version. The NC-17 is the uncensored one).


American Stag (2006 - 67min) Ben Meade
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00170LCOK
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0440992
From the DVD cover: "This film examines the "stag" film not as much for the subject matter or lack of production value, but as a metaphor and reflection of American poplular culture. Featuring film footgage from the largest private "stag" film collection in North America, American Stag is an amazing study of subterranean phenomena of cinema in the western world." Very interesting. About 1,000 stag films were made in America from about 1920 until about 1970, mainly brief (10-15 minutes), mainly silent, mainly black and white.


The Dark Side of Porn (2005-2006) BBC TV
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Side_Of_Porn
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0884766
This BBC TV Series features 9 films, each focussing on a different aspect of pornography. Each is by a different director and each is about an hour or less in length. These are all very interesting well-done documentaries. Although they all seem fairly well-balanced (neither obviously pro nor anti porn) they definitely cover some dark and disturbing subjects, certainly not presenting a glamorous view. With the exception of episodes 3 and 4, these don't seem to be available on DVD. I think if you google around you will find places to watch these online. Have been shown on Sundance Channel. Recommended.

Episode 1 - Porn Shutdown (2005 - 49min) Richard Sanders
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0462483
Details the 2004 incident of a pornstar's HIV infection causing most of the San Fernando Valley porn industry to shut down while anyone who could have been infected could be identified.

Episode 2 - Diary of a Porn Virgin (2005 - 49min) Simon Egan
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0459259
Follows some newcomers as they try out for the industry.

Episode 3 - Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered (2005 - 48min) Francis Hanly
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CRR3GK
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0476984
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Does_Dallas_Uncovered
This episode has been released separately on DVD (which includes Episode 4, Death of a Pornstar, as a special feature).

Episode 4 - Death of a Pornstar (2005 - 47min) Sarfraz Manzoor
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1009430
The story of Lolo Ferrari, who had the largest breasts in the world, having undergone many enlargements. Her original name was Eve Valois. She died in 2000 under suspicious circumstances, with many suspecting her husband, Eric Vigne.

Episode 5 - Amateur Porn (2006 - 49min) David Clews
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1009429
Explores the world of amateur pornography, said to be a fast-growing segment of the UK's 1 billion pound per year porn industry. Looks at 4 characters - James, who likes to film himself having sex with his girlfriends, Ellie, a porn director who makes films with first-time men and couples, Antony, who hopes to become a porn star, but doesn't seem quite up to it, and Leanne, who was in a homemade film and now has to deal with it being released on DVD.

Episode 6 - Me And My Slaves (2006 - 61min) David Barrie
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0838181
Indepth look at a sado-masochist master named Rick, who is ready to quit the business after 25 years. He is a very complex character and this is quite an interesting psychological portrait. This is probably the most shocking of the series, going a bit farther than most people would be able to handle even watching. Apparently Rick's real name is Shaun O'Driscoll, as there is a book by the name Me and My Slaves, which is his autobiography. The book is on Amazon here: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1906050996

Episode 7 - Hunting Emmanuelle (2006 - 60min) Jan Wellmann
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0810906
Examines the effect on society of the film Emmanuelle, which premiered in Paris in 1974, igniting much controversy.

Episode 8 - Does Snuff Exist (2006 - 48min) Evy Barry
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1009431
Very thorough look at the subject. Starts with the FBI definition of a snuff film: 1 - It must be a visual depiction, such as a film, video or photos. 2 - A person is shown alive in the beginning and dead at the end. 3 - The motivation for the killing is that the script requires it. 4 - The purpose of the film is for sexual arousal. 5 - The film is commercially distributed. Looks at some famous fake snuff films - Snuff, Cannibal Holocaust (1981 - banned in the UK until 1984), Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985 Japanese), Faces of Death (banned in 46 countries - many faked scenes and some found footage). Looks at some cases of serial killers who filmed their crimes (not technically considered snuff films). Lots of speculation about the existence of the real thing.

Episode 9 - The Real Animal Farm (2006) Molly Mathieson
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1009432
Starts out discussing an untitled uncredited VHS collection of bestiality films that showed up in the UK around 1980 which came to be known as "Animal Farm". At the time this was very shocking and controversial. This turns out to be taken from the over 40 films that Bodil Joensen ("The Boar Girl") made in Denmark. During the 1970's Denmark was the center for hardcore porn, having relaxed censorship laws in 1969. The film looks at Bodil's tragic life. Raised by an abusive Christian mother, she was violently raped by a stranger at a train station at age 12. Her mother blamed her and beat her. Her repsonse to her mother was "I will fuck boars." She left home at age 15. Later she had a farm and used it as a studio for films depicting her having sex with various animals. Her life spiralled down in the 80's until her death from cirrhosis in 1985. Today there are supposedly over 2 million websites featuring bestiality.
Bodil Joensen at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodil_Joensen


Stalags - Holocaust and Pornography in Israel (2007 - 63min) Ari Libsker
Official Site: www.stalags.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalags_(film)
Tells the story of "stalags" - pornographic pocket books popular in the 1960's in Israel which depicted female Nazi prison guards sexually abusing prisoners.


There is No Sexual Rapport (2011 - 79min) Raphael Siboni
Amazon (DVD 10/01/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EA8K6MU
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2025570/
Assembled from thousands of hours of unused footage from shoots by French porn director Herve P. Gustave (known as HPG).


Rated X - A Journey Through Porn (1999 - 92min) Dag Yngvesson
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BLBZG6
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0310044/
Interesting look at the business. Lots of interviews. Seems to be from a critical point of view.


The Secret Lives of Adult Stars (2004 - 84min) Doug Jacobson
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0419124/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002I84I0
Lots of interviews with insiders.


The Girl Next Door (2000 - 82min) Christine Fugate
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0189553
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BKXAGA
The story of Stacey Valentine.


Desperately Seeking Seka (2002 - 52min) Christian Hallman, Magnus Paulsson
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007L86N0
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0319277
Review at Pop Matters: www.popmatters.com/film/reviews/d/desperately-seeking-seka.shtml
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seka
Lots of interviews with various people from the industry who worked with Seka. The second half of the film is an interview with Seka in her home in Chicago. Seka was one of the more beautiful, intelligent and classy porn stars, known as the "Platinum Princess of Porn". She was in over 200 films, mainly from about 1978-1984. Rated X (contains scenes from porn films).


WADD: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes (1998 - 105min) Alan Smithee, Wesley Emerson, Cass Paley
Interview with Director: www.gettingit.com/article/214
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0207195
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003EUOXE2
John Holmes at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Holmes_(pornograpic_actor)
John Holmes was a legendary porn star said to have the largest penis in the business (no definitive measurements, but sometimes said to be 10" or up to 13.5"). The Dirk Diggler character in the film Boogie Nights is loosely based on him. Rated XXX. The double-disc version of the Wonderland DVD includes a censored version of this film.
Amazon (Wonderland 2-disc DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00014WAWQ
IMDB indicates that director Alan Smithee is really Wesley Emerson and Wesley Emerson is really Cass Paley - or something like that.


John Holmes: The Man, The Myth, The Legend (2004)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0436452
Out of Print. There is a censored version and an uncensored version. (I have not seen this one)


XXXL: The John C. Holmes Story (2000 - 50min) Dave Hills
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0399907
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002GUBX4E
(I have not seen this one)


Exhausted: John C. Holmes, The Real Story (1981 - 72min) Julia St. Vincent
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0130671
(I have not seen this one)


Sex: The Annabel Chong Story (2000 - 86min) Gough Lewis
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000077VR2
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0181810


X-Rated Ambition: The Traci Lords Story (2003 - 48min) Simon Kerslake BBC TV
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0989104
Traci's Website: www.tracilords.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traci_Lords
Covers the first few years of Traci's fame, when she rose to the top of the porn world, appearing in over 50 films in 1984-1985, before it was discovered that she was 15 when she started, rather than 21, as her fake ID indicated. This almost brought the industry down, as all of her films had to be recalled, and legal charges were being brought against many people who had worked with her. These charges were all later dropped when it was found that her fake ID had even fooled the government into issuing her a passport. Though many of her porn films might be considered classics, they are also considered child porn. Against all odds, and after having been largely shunned by the porn world, Traci launched a fairly successful career in mainstream films.


Sex and Fame: The Mary Millington Story (1996) Jim Adamson
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0220035


A Real Sex Xtra: Katie Morgan: A Porn Star Revealed (2005 - 27min) Dan Chaykin
HBO: www.hbo.com/docs/programs/katiemorgan
HBO TV special. Surprisingly interesting interview with the perky Katie Morgan, sitting naked on a chair.

Katie Morgan on Sex Toys (2007 - 30min) Dan Chaykin
HBO TV special.

Katie Morgan's Porn 101 (2007 - 30min) Dan Chaykin
HBO TV special.

Katie Morgan's Sex Tips (2008 - 30min) Dan Chaykin
HBO TV special.


Playboy's The Story of X (1998 - 82min) Chuck Workman
Subtitled: 100 Years of Adult Film and Its Stars
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000065Q75


Sex Life in L.A. (1999 - 91min) Jochen Hick
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000541AF
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0166800
A German documentary filmmaker looks at the gay porn industry in L.A. (have not seen). Unrated.


Sex/Life in L.A. 2: Cycles of Porn (2005 - 104min) Jochen Hick
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BR9RQA
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0445949
A followup look at the gay porn industry, revisiting characters from the previous film. Lots of explicit gay sex acts. Unrated.


Exposed: The Making of a Legend (2005 - 97min) Mr. Pam
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CCW2N4
Details the making of the award-winning gay porn film Buckleroos. The director, Mr. Pam, is also the director of BuckleRoos. (have not seen). Unrated.


The Joy of Porn: My Life as a Feminist Photographer (2009 - 65min) Petra Joy
Official Site: www.petrajoy.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra_Joy


Shooting Porn (1997 - 70min) Ronnie Larsen
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CCW2N4
VHS, out of print.


Hard Trip (2003 - 90min) Alberto D'Ofrio
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008OSDU


Indie Sex (2007 - 199min) Lesli Klainberg, Lisa Ades
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000WMFZNI
Like the 2 films below (This Film is Not Yet Rated, and Sex at 24 Frames Per Second), this is not really about pornography, but explores the area just this side of the boundary. The first disc of this 2-DVD set contains 3 episodes of the Independent Film Channel's TV series, Indie Sex - Censored, Teens, and Extremes, each about an hour long. The second disc contains bonus features, including a shorter episode of Indie Sex titled Taboos. Excellent exploration of sex in cinema. You could watch this with a notebook and come away with a huge list of (non-porn) films to see. I enjoyed this a lot and recommend it. Unrated.


This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006 - 98min) Kirby Dick
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000JGWD64
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0493459
An investigation into the NCAA movie ratings system. The ratings organization is so secretive that Kirby hires private investigators to find out just who these people are. (Many spying tricks are revealed). Interviews with many censored filmmakers, such as John Waters. Many interesting ideas are explored. Including the crazy notion that you can have all the bloody violence you want in a movie (great for kids of all ages!) but we must all be protected from seeing any depiction of human sexuality. Recommended.


Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2002 - 98min) Kevin Burns
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009PJQB
Explores the boundaries of sex in cinema from the beginning until today. There is an R-Rated version (Marilyn skirt blowing picture on cover) and and an unrated version (nude Marilyn on cover).


Hollywood Uncensored (1987 - 75min) James Forsher
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0238275
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E1P2C6
Looks at censorship in moives. Hosted by Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Peter Fonda.


Art of Erotica: The Outsiders (2011 - 82min) Hilton Ariel Ruiz
AKA: The Outsiders Original Title: Rogues, Rebels and Renegades: The Art of An Outlaw
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004DMIIR8
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1330047
Looks at the art of four photograpers and an illustrator and asks whether their art is pornographic. (have not yet seen)


I Am A Sex Addict (2006 - 99min) Caveh Zahedi
Official Site: www.iamasexaddictthemovie.com
Director's Website: www.cavehzahedi.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_A_Sex_Addict
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0428649
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GBEWMU
If you saw Waking Life, Caveh has a segment where he talks about making films. This film is the story of his sex addiction. It is presented in a humorous way and I didn't realize how real and serious it was until the part near the end where he is going to Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings and crying. Very interesting film. Took some guts to make. Recommended.


The Skin Business (2012 - 90min) Adrianna D. Hermans
Amazon (DVD 07/23/13 Fenix Pictures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BBOV5I
Explores the making of porn parody films.


Dancing for Dollars (2002 - 90min) Paul Borghese
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BBOV5I
This is a documentary about strippers in Canada. Not Rated.


Portraits of a Naked Lady Dancer (2005 - 72min) Deborah Rowe, Sean Harris
Review: www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/portraitsnakedladydancer.php
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009ACZN6
Three dancers who work at a strip club in Washington DC talk about thier lives and about stripping. Interviews are intercut with scenes of the dancers stripping in the club, which features full nudity. The filmmakers spent 2 years getting to know these women and then tracked them down five years later to revisit their lives. Interesting. Not rated.


Live Nude Girls Unite (2000 - 70min) Julia Query, Vicki Funari
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005LDC7
Netflix has this.


Stripped - Exposing the Business of Baring It All (2001 - 74min) Jill Morely
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000687G8
The director goes undercover as stripper. Netflix has this.


Strip Club King - The Story of Joe Redner (2008 - 80min) Shelby McIntyre
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0029LBNT0
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1200277
Very interesting story of the owner of the Mons Venus in Tampa, Florida, one of the most famous strip clubs in the world. He has fought many battles over first ammendment rights to keep his club open. Recommended.


Naked Feminist (2005 - 58min) Louisa Achille
Cinemaguild.com
Hard to find - have not seen. Netflix has this.


Sex Bomb (2004 - 49min)
British Channel 4 TV Secret History Series
The story of Sefton Delmer, "His Majesty's Pornographer". The Nazis used pornography as propaganda in WW2 and Great Britain fought back in kind. (search the torrents for this one).


9 To 5 Days in Porn (2010 - 95min) Jens Hoffmann
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003804YQA
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1278293
Somehow seemed a little sleazier than some similar films.


Fluffy Cumsalot, Pornstar (2003 - 57min) Nathan S. Garfinkel
Director's Website: www.unitednathanproductions.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0350945
Fun and interesting. Interviews with many pornstars at 2001 AVN awards on the subject of how pornstars get their stage names.


Pornucopia - Going Down in the Valley (2004)
HBO TV Series - 6 30-minute episodes
A fun, non-critical look at the industry, focussing on the San Fernando Valley in California. Features several porn stars, shows some shoots, talks with some directors.


American Porn (2001 - 60min) Michael Kirk
PBS / Frontline / WGBH
PBS: www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/porn/
Explores legal, business, political, cultural issues. Page at PBS site above has interesting links section. Click on SHOP PBS to purchase DVD. "Edited" version or "unedited" verison can be watched online. DVD is unedited version. Have not seen.


Porn-O-Rama (1992 - 150min) Paul Norman
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001OBBBS28
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1305061
All five 30-minute episodes of TV series hosted by Ron Jeremy and Alexis De Vell. Netflix has this.


The New Erotic (2010 - 94min) Ramzi Abed
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1500511
Director's Website: www.bloodshotpictures.com


La Petite Morte (2003 - 41min) Emmanuelle Schick Garcia
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Petite_Morte
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0385161
Director's Website: www.japanesepopsongs.com
Distributor's Website: www.vodeo.tv/4-32-5886-la-petite-morte.html
Award-winning French film about porn business in Paris.


Adult Entertainment: Disrobing an American Idol (2007 - 108min) Lance Tracy
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1014670
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000QCQ8L2
The director says this is not a documentary about the porn industry and is not pro or anti porn. He says it is a documentary about the effects, if any, of explicit media and entertainment on consumers. NOTE - Amazon says this is a DVD-R, rather than a DVD. Have not seen.


The Price of Pleasure - Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships (2008 - 55min) Chyng Sun, Miguel Picker
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1316606
Official Site: www.thepriceofpleasure.com
MEF (Media Education Foundation): www.mediaed.org
Amazon (DVD 11/30/10 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003XKNGOG
The DVD can be purchased for $29.95 from MEF or the official site above. You can watch a full-length preview at MEF. The DVD includes "edited" and "unedited" versions. UPDATE: The DVD has been reissued (11/30/10) by Cinema Libre - much cheaper at Amazon than original MEF DVD. This film is from an extremely critical point of view. A lengthy critique of this film (with comments) can be found at the Pro-Porn Activism Blog here:
Part 1: bppa.blogspot.com/2008/10/price-of-pleasure-deconstructed-part.html
Part 2: bppa.blogspot.com/2008/10/price-of-pleasure-deconstructed-part_15.html
Part 3: bppa.blogspot.com/2008/10/price-of-pleasure-deconstructed-part_16.html
Part 4: bppa.blogspot.com/2008/10/price-of-pleasure-deconstructed-part-4.html


Hardcore Profits (2009) BBC TV
2 60-minute episodes, first broadcast on BBC AUG 31 2009.
Description from BBC:
"Tim Samuels explores the rising pervasiveness of pornography, discovers how new technology is changing porn, and questions porn films' reluctance to portray safe sex on screen. Samuels reveals that pornography is becoming more extreme, yet despite this, companies that are household names seem surprisingly pleased to make money from it. He finds out that extreme porn is making extreme profits for internet search engines and even pension funds. On set in America, Tim speaks to porn actors who say they feel increasing pressure to undertake hardcore sex acts. He talks to the godfather of porn, Larry Flynt, and discovers that even he thinks porn is going too far. However, there are more and more companies keen to cash in and collect porn's dirty dollars. A whistleblower tells him there is a Catholic investment fund that appears happy to profit from porn distributors, so he travels to Rome for a heated interview with the head of Christian Brothers Investment Services."


Traffic Control - The People's War on Internet Porn
Purchase: www.cp80.org/trafficcontrol/buy/
Studio: www.livingbiography.com
The first of three films from Living Biography to cover the subject of Internet porn.


Porno Valley
2004 - TV Series - 1 Season - 13 20-minute episodes
Documentary series looks at Vivid porn stars.


Family Business
2003 - Showtime TV Series - 2 Seasons
Reality TV series by Seymour Butts. Have not seen.


Webdreams
2005 - Canadian TV Series
Looks at web porn industry. Have not seen.


A Perfect Fake (2004 - 57min) Marc de Guerre
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MTDRFO
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0965355
Review: www.consolationchamps.com/2005/04/27/a-perfect-fake/
Looks at virtual sex and sex dolls. Made for Canadian TV. Netflix has this.


Guys and Dolls (2007 - 50min) Nick Holt
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0968743
British TV documentary about guys with expensive sex dolls. AKA Love Me, Love My Doll.


Snuff: A Documentary About Killing On Camera (2008 - 76min) Paul von Stoetzel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1237926
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001AYPST8


S & Man (2006) J.T. Petty
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0800361


Addicted to Porn (2006 - 50min) Peter Higgins
British TV docu, by Visual Voodoo, aired on Channel 4
Looks at 3 cases - guys whose lives have been taken over by porn addiction.


Teens Addicted to Porn
recent British TV documentary, 56 minutes


Is America Addicted to Porn?
ABC New Nightline episode, aired 02/29/08, 22min
Discussion at Yale University
www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001E0Q00E
have not seen


The Porn King Versus The President (2004) David Rhode - BBC TV
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0434288/


Porndemic - Sex in the Digital Age (2008 - 43min) Robin Benger
Official site: www.cogentbenger.com/docs/porndemic
Looks at the business, history and effects of Internet porn. Made for CBC - Canadian TV (first broadcast April 2009). Lots of interviews.


Missionary Positions (2005 - 71min) Bill Day
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MR8SKA
Official Site: www.missionarypositionsmovie.com
www.xxxchurch.com


Not a Love Story, A Motion Picture About Pornography (1981 - 69min) Bonnie Sherr Klein (Naomi Klein's mother) (1981 - 69min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_a_Love_Story
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0132367


Dreamworlds 3 - Desire, Sex and Power in Music Video (2007 - 60min) Sut Jhally
MEF: www.mediaed.org


Naked Fame (2004 - 84min) Christopher Long
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009X75D8
About gay porn star Colton Ford's attempt to move from porn star to music star.


Beefcake (1999 - 97min) Thom Fitzgerald
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0187712
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beefcake_(film)
Village Voice Review: www.villagevoice.com/1999-10-12/film/body-work/1/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000541AD


Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon (2008 - 82min) Jeffrey Schwarz
Official Site: www.wranglermovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1053951
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrangler:_Anatomy_of_an_Icon
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CR49QG
About 70's/80's gay porn star Jack Wrangler (who passed away in 2009). He became the top star in gay porn and then crossed over to be a top star in mainstream porn. Very interesting film. Recommended.


That Man: Peter Berlin (2005 - 80min) Jim Tushinski
Subtitled: Artist, Model, Pornstar, Legend, He Was His Own Work of Art
Official Site: www.thatmanpeterberlin.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0450334
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Berlin
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FGGWJM


Midnight Blue - Volume 1: Deep Throat Special (2005 - 120min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009HMTV2

Midnight Blue - Volume 2: Porn Stars of the 70's (2006 - 120min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CFX7DK
Segments include interviews (and nude performance/film clips) with Marilyn Chambers, Georgina Spelvin, Jennifer Welles, Annie Sprinkle, Jamie Gillis, Helen Madigan, Marc Stevens, Bambi Woods, Veri Knotty, Tara Alexander, Seka, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Carter Steven's Honeymoon Haven. Caption boxes were added to the DVD release in 2006, which include interesting facts and updates and some smart-ass funny comments.

Midnight Blue - Volume 3: Celebrities (2006 - 120min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CFX7DU
About a dozen pretty interesting interviews, with sleazy commercials and a good helping of Al's Fuck You rants sprinkled throughout. Captions can be turned on for extra fun. Segments in order are: Larry Flynt (March 3, 1977), Garrett Morris, Martin van Peebles (briefly), Buck Henry (briefly), Russ Meyer, 1979 Hookers Ball - San Francisco, O.J Simpson, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Tiny Tim, R. Crumb, Penn & Teller (Oct 7, 1989), Rob Lowe (1989 sex tape), Belinda Carlisle (backstage video), Gilbert Gottfried, Debbie Harry & Chris Stein, Al Lewis. Al Goldstein gives the finger to: Sean Penn, Howard Stern, Donald Trump, Jack Nicholson, Ted Turner and Jane Fonda, Geraldo Rivera, and Claudia Schifer.

Midnight Blue - Volume 4: Freaks and Geeks (2006 - 120min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FBFZ3Q
I found this one to be not quite so easy to watch.

Midnight Blue - Volume 5: Porn King: The Trials of Al Goldstein (2005 - 77min) James Guardino
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FBFZ40
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0426475
Documentary about Al Goldstein.

Midnight Blue - Volume 6: Porn Stars of the 80's (2009 - 120min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001WB6MT4
Features segments with Vanessa Del Rio, Ron Jeremy, Annette Haven, Veronica Hart, Desiree Cousteau, Krista Lane, Nina Hartley, Tiffany Clark, Samantha Fox, Paul Thomas, John Leslie, Annie Sprinkle. Optional feature can be enabled which pops up text caption-boxes with additional commentary added when the DVD was made in 2009. These captions are almost continuous on this volume, adding tons of interesting information about the people being profiled. Recommended to anyone interested in the subjects.

Midnight Blue - Volume 7: Porn Stars of the 90's (2009 - 120min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001WB6MTE

Distributor/Manufacturer's Website: www.blue-underground.com
Except for Vol 5, these are 2-hour compilations from the New York City cable TV show Midnight Blue, hosted by Al Goldstein and Alex Bennett, which ran from the late 70's to around 2002. Netflix has all of these.


Porn Stars - The Real Story (Uncensored Interviews) (2008 - 75min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0015R8XHE
have not seen.


More Porn Stars Interviews - Uncensored (2008 - 80min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NMT8S4
have not seen.


I Wanna Be a Porn Star! (2002 - 45min) Jon Jacobs
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0337643
have not seen. IMDB page says this has never been released.


Porn Star Pets (2005 - 52min) Margie Schnibbe
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0395713
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E6G8H4
Not rated.


Cooking With Porn Stars (2002 - 60min) Colin Malone, Fred Sherman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0319219


Made In Serbia (2005 - 97min) Mladen Djordjevic
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0457050
About Serbian porn industry. In Serbian with English subtitles. have not seen.


Dick Ho: Asian Male Porn Star (2004 - 31min) Jeffrey Lei
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0831905
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Ho:_Asian_Male_Porn_Star
Official Site: www.idontcarefilms.com/dickho
Often referred to as a documentary film, this is actually a cleverly made spoof, a "mockumentary".


Made in Secret: The Story of the East Van Porn Collective (2005 - 86min) One Tiny Whale
Official Site: www.eastvanporncollective.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0447665
Maybe not exactly a documentary and mabye not exacly about porn. But some interesting ideas.
Read reviews here: www.eastvanporncollective.org/reviews.html



And Some Related Non-Documentary Films


Rated X (2000 - 114min) Emelio Estevex
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000542C4
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0201776
Starring Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen. The crazy story of the Mitchell brothers, pioneers of porn, who made the early classic, Behind The Green Door. Rated R.

The Notorious Betty Page (2006 - 90min) Mary Harron
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GB5M42
The story of Betty Page, starring Gretchen Mol. According to the director, meant to be as much about sex in the 50's as about Betty Page. I liked it. Rated R.

The People vs. Larry Flint (1996 - 129min) Milos Forman
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008N6N5
Larry Flint is the publisher of Hustler Magazine, who fought court battles against censorship. Starring Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton.

This Girl's Life (2003 - 104min) Ash Baron-Cohen
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00068S3WS

Boogie Nights (1998 - 155min) Paul Thomas Anderson
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PAAJZ6
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0118749
Loosely based on the story of porn legend John Holmes. Excellent film, as expected from PT Anderson.

Hardcore (1979 - 108min) Paul Schrader
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002JZT5K



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This page revised 08/29/13. (over 100 films listed) First posted 04/10/07