Some Selected Documentary Films on Human Sexuality


See also: Documentary Films about Pornography

And my main page of Documentary Films


This page might organize itself a little better someday, currently films are not really in any particular order....

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Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Orgasm (2004 - 53min) Sheila Malone, Annie Sprinkle
Subtitled: Twenty-six Orgasm Experts Share Their Wisdom
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000SPENZA/
Annie Sprinkle's website: AnnieSprinkle.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Sprinkle
Highly recommended. Really cool project. Short segments with 26 different sexperts (plus Annie) mainly talking about orgasm. Maybe more valuable for showing us the variety of ways to think about what orgasm is than for any specific teachings. Here is a list of the guests:
Dr. Michael Perry - discusses 4 types of orgasm 1. Plateau, 2. Tonic, 3. Clonic, 4. Fusion (combination of Tonic and Clonic)
Carol Queen Ph.D (cultural sexologist) Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Queen
Betty Dodson Ph.D. (sex educator, author) BettyDodson.com discusses 3 types of orgasm 1. Sleeping Beauty, 2.Tension Orgasm,3. Rock'n,Roll (combination of 1 and 2)
Robert Lawrence D.C (chiropractor) discusses physiology of orgasm
Kembra Pfahler (rock star) Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kembra_Pfahler
Scarlot Harlot (prostition activist) discusses and demonstrates fake orgasms
Carol Schneemann (artist)
Ray Stubbs Ph.D. (author - Sacred Orgasms) www.sexualshamanseminars.com
Wonshe (midwife) discusses birth as orgasmic experience
Kutira (tantra and meditation teacher)
Joseph Kramer PhD. (sex educator) discusses taoist erotic massage
Cleo Dubois (BDSM educator)
Fakir Musafar (modern primitive) www.bodyplay.org
Dr. Stuart Block (sexologist)
Juliet Carr (erotic touch expert)
Andrew Ramer (poet)
Jwala (sex goddess)
Mistress Cleopatra (professional dominatrix)
Dr. Ray Noonan (founder - Consortium for Sex Research in Space)
Karen (transgender activist)
Laraaji (yoga teacher, musician) says ejaculatory orgasm is boring. practices orgasmic laughing. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laraaji
Dominque (club owner)
Barbara Carellas (recovering Catholic) author of 2007 book, Urban Tantra
Frank Moore (performance artist)
Eleanor Hamilton (sex therapist)
Norman Wilcox (midwife to the dying)


Female Misbehavior (1992 - 160min) Monika Treut
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0104249/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monika_Treut
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000I8OOQ0/
This is a collection of five different films by German filmmaker Monika Treut. Annie is about Annie Sprinkle. Dr. Paglia is an interesting interview with Camille Paglia. Bondage talks to an S&M practitioner. Max is about a transexual journey from female to male. Didn't Do It For Love is about Eva Norvind. Recommended for sure if you're into any of these people or subjects.


Mutantes (Punk Porn Feminism) (2009 - 90min) Virginie Despentes
AliveMind: www.alivemindcinema.com/req.php?req=static.php&page=MutantesFIP
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1576434/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginie_Despentes
Covers the pro-sex feminist movement. Many interviews. As of 08/2011, this is available as a French Import DVD and will soon be reissued by AliveMind.


Passion & Power (2007 - 74min) Wendy Slick, Emiko Omori
Subtitled: The Technology of Orgasm
Official site: www.passionandpowerthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1136913/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001FXRQ76/
Very interesting and important film, highly recommended. Explores the history of the vibrator and its use as a medical device and as a sexual aid for women. Deals with the subject of female orgasm. Lots of the film is based on research by Rachel Maines, author of The Technology of Orgasm - Hysteria, the Vibrator and Women's Sexual Satisfaction. Netflix has this. See also the 2011 feature film Hysteria.


Orgasm Inc. (2009 - 78min) Liz Canner
Subtitled: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure
Official Site: www.orgasminc.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgasm_Inc.
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1439562/
Amazon (DVD 06/21/2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004RIEY62/
Amazon (DVD 06/21/2011 Alternate Cover): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004S2O8ZY/
Looks at efforts of the pharmaceutical industry to create the new "disease" of Female Sexual Disfunction so they can develop drugs for it. Very interesting film, highly recommended.


The Clitoris: Forbidden Pleasure (2003 - 59min) Stephen Firmin, Variety Moszynski
French Title: Le Clitoris: Ce Cher Inconnu
Official Site (in French) (PAL REGION 0 DVD): www.clitoris-film.com
Performance Rights DVD ($390): www.icarusfilms.com/new2004/cli.html
Review from Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality: www.ejhs.org/volume8/Video_review8-2.htm
All about the clitoris. Interviews with: Natalie Angier (author), Hellen O'Connell (urologist) - said to the be the only person to study the clitoris with modern medical techniques in the last 100 years, Joan Wyndham (writer), Ellen Laan (clinical psychologist), Lenore Tiefer (psychology professor). Francois Giuliano (urologist). Subjects discussed include: anatomy of the clitoris and vagina (the clitoris is much larger than previously thought), Freud's theories, Masters and Johnson, viagra, the importance of orgasms, underfunding of sex research. Some young girls discuss their experiences. Includes a dozen or so humorous film clips. This one needs to be released on DVD for anyone to watch. Currently only available from the French website above (which gives no option for shipping outside of France and did not respond to my email) or from Icarus Films as a performance rights DVD for $390.00. Might be able to watch online, download a torrent, or borrow from a library (check out www.worldcat.org). Might be able to convince a Women's Studies program to order it. On the Icarus Films version the dialogue/narration is in French and English and English subtitles are hardcoded in where needed. (I think the French DVD has option to select French or English subtitles).


Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (1986 - 75min) Kirby Dick
Director's Website: www.kirbydick.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_Practices
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0158863/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001IVFH0I/
Totally fascinating film. Follows the work of sex surrogate Maureen Sullivan as she works with 2 different clients. We also see some sessions with the clients and the therapists who referred them to Maureen, as well as with Maureen and her own therapist. The first of many excellent films from Kirby Dick (Sick, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Derrida, Outrage). Netflix has this.


Path of the Sexual Shaman (2009 - 62min) Kenneth Ray Stubbs Ph.D., Sarah Sher
Subtitled: Teachings on Energy, Orgasm, and Wisdom.
Official Site: www.sexualshamanseminars.com
Kenneth explains basic concepts of shamanism and how they apply to his ideas of sexual shamanism.


The Sacred Prostitute (2004 - 90min) Kenneth Ray Stubbs Ph.D., Sarah Sher
Official Site: www.sacredprostitute.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FG5MFM
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0819109/
This is a 2-DVD set, one disc is the documentary titled The Sacred Prostitute, the other disc is titled Magdalene Unveiled and presents extended outtakes from The Sacred Prostitute. Lots of interview clips, mainly with teachers of sacred sexuality, most of whom tell a bit about their background and approach. Includes Zachueje Rinpoche, Rabbi Ronald L. Levine, Harley Swiftdeer Reagan, Rev. Raymond J. Lawrence, Nicole Christine, Ina Laughingwinds, Leonora B. Faro, Nut Tmu-Ankh Butterfly, Athena Lund, Suzie Heumann, Tim Dingman, Porsche Lynn, Joseph Kramer, Julianna Piccillo.


Women and Spirituality - The Goddess Trilogy (1992 - 166min) Donna Read
Official Site: www.alivemindmedia.com/films/women-and-spirituality/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013D8LYU/
This is a 3-disc set, which presents the three parts of this film, or it could be seen as three separate films:
Part One: Goddess Remembered (54min)
Part Two: The Burning Times (56min)
Part Three: Full Circle (56min)


Birth Story (2012 - 93min) Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore
Subtitled: Ian May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives
Official Site: birthstorymovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_Story:_Ina_May_Gaskin_and_the_Farm_Midwives
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2395155/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ina_May_Gaskin
DVD released 04/30/13.


Orgasmic Birth (2008 - 85min) Debra Pascali-Bonaro
Subtitled: The Best-Kept Secret
Official Site: www.orgasmicbirth.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgasmic_Birth:_The_Best-Kept_Secret
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1331111/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NY6YPW/


The Business of Being Born (2007 - 87min) Abby Epstein
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Business_of_Being_Born
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0995061/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013LL2XY/


With Woman: A Documentary about Women, Midwives and Birth (2006 - 56min) Knelly Dettinger
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1086066/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KJTBTW/


Pregnant in America (2008 - 106min) Steve Buonaugurio
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1231290/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001GJ72KM/


See abortionfilms.org/en/ for a large collection of films about abortion (about 80) which I think can all be watched online.


Lake of Fire (2006 - 152min) Tony Kaye
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_of_Fire_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0841119/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000YVBCT8/
Excellent (and lengthy) film about abortion, or actually about the people fighting on both sides of this tricky issue. Filmed in black and white. This is the definitive film on the subject. Highly recommended.


After Tiller (2013 - 88min) Martha Shane, Lana Wilson
Official Site: www.aftertillerthemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_Tiller
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2430104/
Amazon (DVD 05/13/14 Oscilloscope): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00IUXUHP2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/after_tiller_2013/
DVD Talk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/64058/after-tiller/
DVD Talk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/64657/after-tiller/
Since the murder of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009 there are 4 remaining doctors in the US who provide 3rd trimester abortions. This is a very close look at the issue of late trimester abortions and the brave doctors who provide them (who are the top targets of the anti-abortion movement).


12th & Delaware (2010 - 80min) Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12th_and_Delaware
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1548865/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003YJENZM/
Looks at the scene of an anti-abortion clinic in Fort Pierce, Florida, which is right across the street from an abortion clinic.


Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion (2007 - 105min) Stephen Fell, Will Thompson
First Run Features: www.firstrunfeatures.com/unborn_synopsis.html
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unborn_in_the_USA
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1059238/
Amazon (DVD 10/23/07 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000U95N9O/


Sex: The Secret Gate to Eden (2006 - 75min)
Official Site: www.gnosticteachings.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samael_Aun_Weor
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0947072/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000M5AM1U/
Presents some teachings of Samael Aun Weor.


Sex Positive (2008 - 75min) Daryl Wein
Official Site: www.sexpositive-themovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1183697/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003BV8I86/
Richard Berkowitz at Wikipedia:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Berkowitz
Richard Berkowitz's website: www.RichardBerkowitz.com
About Richard Berkowitz, outspoken AIDS activist and founder of the safe sex movement (together with Dr. Joseph Sonnabend and Michael Callan). Very interesting. Recommended.


The Workshop (2007 - 93min) Jamie Morgan
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0939684/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001JQHT6M/
Paul Lowe's Website: www.paullowe.org
Very fun and interesting film. The filmmaker goes to California to take a workshop with Paul Lowe, a sexual workshop.


Plaster Caster (2001 - 90min) Jessica Everleth
Official Site: www.plastercaster.com
Cynthia's Website: www.cynthiaplastercaster.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaster_Caster
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0287634/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009IAXY/
Cynthia Plaster Caster became a groupie in the 60's and started making plaster casts of musicians' penises.


Sacred Love-Making (2007 - 70min) Matt Levin
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001JQHT51/
Karinna's website: www.sacredlove.com
Karinna Kittles-Karsten guides two couples into learning techniques of sacred love-making.


Gendernauts (1999 - 87min) Monika Treut
Subtitled: A Journey Through Shifting Identities
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0192069/


Becoming Chaz (2011 - 80min) Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1705969/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005IAAQN8/
Looks at the gender transition of Chastity Bono (Sonny and Cher's daughter) into Chaz Bono.


Xperimental Eros (2007 - 93min) Various
Distributor's Website: www.othercinemandvd.com/xe.html
Otherzine: www.othercinema.com/otherzine/?issueid=188&article_id=53
DVDTalk.com Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/29694/xperimental-eros/
Pulpmovies.com Review: www.pulpmovies.com/2007/08/xperimental-eros/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ROA072/
A collection of odd (or let's say "xperimental") films having to do with sex. Detailed in the DVDTalk review linked above.


BDSM: Its Not What You Think! (2008)
Subtitled: Kinksters Confront Stigma And Stereotype
Official Site: www.bdsmdocumentary.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1410008/


Liberty in Restraint (2005 - 90min) Michael Nev
Official Site: www.libertyinrestraint.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0439673/
Amazon (DVD 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000WS4SBM/
Looks at Australian fetish photographer Noel Grayson.


Fetish: Pain or Pleasure (2005 - 75min) Bob Shami


Headspace (2003 - 55min) Mia Olin
Official Site: www.headspacefilm.net
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0956147/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002IQNKG
Looks at a group of friends involved in BDSM.


No Body is Perfect (2006 - 82min) Raphael Sibilla
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0835492/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0043F48E2/
DVD not released in US. hard to find. There is an Italian import DVD at Amazon.com and a German import DVD at Amazon.fr. (Italian DVD has 2 audio channels - 1 is dubbed Italian, 2 is original. Spoken languages include English, Japanese and French. There are subtitles but only in Italian. PAL, region 2)


Sex - How to Do Everything (2008 - 443min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002VRNING
3-discs.


Nature of Sex (2008 - 240min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001KEGRD4
Discovery Channel.


Absolutely Safe (2007 - 83min) Carol Ciancutti-Leyva
Official Site: www.absolutelysafe.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001HM2CAG/
All about breast implants.


Breasts: A Documentary (1996 - 50min) Meema Spadola
Official Site: www.sugarpictures.com/Films/Breasts.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0128086/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E1NWIC/


Boobs: An American Obsession (2009 - 75min) Nina Brownfield-Berry
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1479183/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002VRNIL8/


Busting Out (2004 - 57min) Francine Strickwerda, Laurel Spellman Smith
Official Site: www.stiritup.com/index.php
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0419615/
Amazon (DVD 02/21/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006HH629S/
Pretty thoroughly explores issues around the female breast, including: women's feelings about their breasts, body image, breast enhancement surgery, eroticization of female breast in American culture, differences in other cultures, breastfeeding, puberty, breast cancer, mastectomy. This is a very well-done film, very entertaining, and packing an amazing amount of information into less than an hour. Lots to think about and/or discuss. Recommended for everyone.


Private Dicks: Men Exposed (1999 - 56min) Meema Spadola, Thom Powers
Official Site: www.sugarpictures.com/Films/PrivateDicks.html
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0209252/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E1NWIW/


Unhung Hero (2013 - 84min) Brian Spitz
Official Site: unhunghero.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unhung_Hero
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2708946/
Amazon (DVD 11/26/13 Breaking Glass Pictures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F7K5Q3O/


My Penis and I (2005 - 57min) Lawrence Barraclough
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0481588/
BBC TV program. Can find places to watch online.


My Penis and Everyone Else's (2007 - 56min) Lawrence Barraclough
Official Site: www.firecrackerfilms.com/documentaries/my-penis-everyone-elses/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1101658/
BBC TV program. Can find places to watch online.


Phallacies (1999 - 45min) Vishnu Mathur
Amazon (DVD 2/12/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006HGXGR0/
This is an episode of David Suzuki's Canadian TV show, The Nature of Things, broadcast in 1999, released on DVD in 2012. Discusses masculinity, penis size, penis enlargement.


Bridegroom (2013 - 80min) Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Official Site: bridegroommovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridegroom_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2357788/
Amazon (DVD ): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EU8RB14/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bridegroom_2013/


Fetishes (1997 - 87min) Nick Broomfield
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetishes_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0116298/
Director's Website: www.nickbroomfield.com
About S&M, filmed at Pandora's Box in NYC.


The Vagina Monologues (2002 - 76min)
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vagina_Monologues
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0244283/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006673K
The DVD captures Eve Ensler in an HBO TV special performing her one-woman play which debutted off-broadway in 1996.


Miss Representation (2011 - 91min) Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Official Site: www.missrepresentation.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Representation
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1784538/
Amazon (DVD 04/10/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006GRWCF2


Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women (1979 - 30min) Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0156707/
Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women (1987 - 30min) Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0157067/
Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising's Image of Women (2000 - 34min) Sut Jhaly
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0156707/
Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women (2010 - 45min) Sut Jhally Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Kilbourne
Jean Kilbourne's Official Site: www.jeankilbourne.com/
Available from Media Education Foundation: www.mediaed.org/


Are All Men Pedophiles? (2012 - 70min) Jan-Willem Breure
Official Site: www.areallmenpedophiles.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are_All_Men_Pedophiles%3F
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2072045/
Dutch film. Puts forth the idea that all men are hebephiles (attracted to teenage girls) and that this should be distinguished from attraction to children.


V-Day - Until the Violence Stops (2003 - 73min) Abby Epstein
Official Site: www.vday.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0326425/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006ZXJFC


Sex Crimes Unit (2011) Linda F. Jackson
Official Site: www.sexcrimesunit.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1975247/


Sex Culture of Ancient China (765min)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002IJQ3NE
5-disc set. have not yet seen. narrated in Chinese with English subtitles.


Love in India (2009 - 91min) Q
Official Site: www.loveinindia.in
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1975247/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002TJ68GA
An exploration of cultural traditions and contradictions in the sexually conservative land of the Kama Sutra. In Indian languages with English subtitles. The director's name is Qaushik Mukherjee, sometimes spelled with a K, he goes by "Q". He made the controversial feature film Gandu (which you might want to see).


A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008) Chris Waitt
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1037033/


Sexual Healing (TV Series)


Unmade Beds (1998 - 95min) Nicholas Barker
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0127952/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004YS8N
Looks at the experiences of 4 single New Yorkers (2 men, 2 women in their 40's) on the personal ads/dating scene.


Kim Catrall: Sexual Intelligence (2005 - 82min) Catherine Annau
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0490603/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CCFNOY
HBO special is companion to book of same name.


Let's Talk About Sex (2010 - 62min) James Houston
Official Site: www.letstalkaboutsexthefilm.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004HJ0ZOQ


The Joy of Sex Education (2009) 338min
Amazon (UK) (DVD Region 2 / PAL): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B001MGUAEW
A collection of 16 British sex education films from 1917 to 1973. 2 discs with a 40-page booklet.


For the Bible Tells Me So (2007 - 99min) Daniel G. Karslake
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Bible_Tells_Me_So
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0912583/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000YHQNCI
Excellent film explores how gays are treated by Christian churches and families. Focusses on five different families, each with a gay or lesbian child. Lots of footage of evangelists preaching against homosexuality. Explores what the bible actually says about homosexuality and how it is important to put biblical words into context. Has an animated section explaining that sexual orientation is not a choice. Well-made, wide-ranging, highly recommended. Especially recommended for Christians who may be prejudiced or confused on this issue.


For My Wife (2010 - 60min)
Official Site: www.formywife.info
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1322918/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003TNQ0NG


Acting Out (1978 - 86min) Carl Gurevich, Ralph Rosenblum
Official Site: www.troma.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0302232/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E3L7GE
Supposedly randomly selected people are asked to describe their sexual fantasy and then they get to act it out on film.


Sex and the Celts (2004 - 104min) Jimmy Duggan
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EJ9ROW
Although the DVD cover and menu screen are titled Sex and the Celts, the film seems to be actually titled The Land of Sex and Sinners. Part 1 (52min) covers 5000BC-1100AD, Part 2 (52min) covers 1100AD to the present. Kind of a psychological/sociological look at the history of sex in Ireland. Interesting.


Bettie Page Reveals All (2012 - 101min) Mark Mori
Official Site: www.bettiepagemovie.com/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bettie_Page_Reveals_All
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1776086/
Amazon (DVD 04/22/14 Music Box Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ID8H98C/
Amazon (Bluray 04/22/14 Music Box Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ID8HBBC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bettie_page_reveals_all/
Features narration by Bettie Page, taped in 1998, a decade prior to her death in 2008. Very thorough, and includes lots of photos and video of Bettie.


Behind the Burly Q (2010 - 98min) Leslie Zemeckis
Official Site: www.behindtheburlyq.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1510907/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004I45MUC
Explores the history of the golden age of burlesque in America.


A Wink and A Smile (2008 - 90min) Deirdre Timmons
Official Site: www.winkthemovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1245369/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002KT5TDW
Follows 10 women as the enter the world of burlesque.


Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque (2011 - 60min) Gary Beeber
Official Site: www.dirtymartiniandthenewburlesque.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1521761/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004OTOTJG
Looks at the new burlesque scene in New York City.


Buying Sex (2013 - 75min) Teresa MacInnes, Kent Nason
National Film Board of Canada: www.nfb.ca/film/buying_sex
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt3186984/
Amazon (DVD 12/03/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F64PA0A
Looks at prostitution laws in Canada.


Whores' Glory (2011 - 119min) Michael Glawogger
Director's Website: www.glawogger.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whores'_Glory
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1327628/
Amazon (DVD 01/08/13 Kino Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009NI2XKK
The third in master filmmaker Michael Glawogger's Globalization Trilogy, after Megacities (2008) and Workingman's Death (2005). Looks at prostitution in three cities: Bangkok, Thailand, Faridpur, Bangladesh, and Reynosa, Mexico. This is a powerful and stunningly well-made film. Most highly recommended.


Like a Pascha (2010 - 52min) Svante Tidholm
Official Site: www.paschamovie.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1590172/
Brothel's Website: www.pascha.de
Pascha Brothel at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascha_(brothel)
Swedish film looks at the world's largest brothel in Cologne, Germany.


Hookers at the Point (2002) Brent Owens
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1407060/


Born Into Brothels (2004 - 85min) Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_into_Brothels
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0388789/


Very Young Girls (2007 - 83min) David Schisgall, Nina Alvarez
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1097268/


Cathouse (2002 - 70min) Patti Kaplan
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0359056/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006Z2NY0
Looks at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel outside of Reno, Nevada. Followed by Cathouse II, and then a series on HBO.


Cathouse II: Back In The Saddle (2003 - 70min) Patti Kaplan
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0395496/


Cathouse - The Series (2008 - 332min)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0472944/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0018RNEWK
2-disc set includes 17 25-min episodes of the HBO series and Cathouse: The Musical.


Pleasure for Sale (2008 - 158min) Harry Gantz, Joe Gantz
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1181181/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001B1Q3GC
6-part Sundance TV special looks at the Chicken Ranch brothel in Nevada.


Bangkok Girl (2005 - 50min) Jordan Clark
AKA: Falang: Behind Bangkok's Smile
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0488537/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MCIANA
NOTE: Many reviewers at IMDB.com find much to criticise in this film.


Trans (2012) Chris Arnold
Official Site: www.transthemovie.com


Kinsey (2004 - 87min) Barak Goodman, John Maggio
PBS: www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/kinsey/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0436483/
Amazon (DVD 05/17/05 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007Y08MO
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Kinsey
PBS American Experience episode looks at the life of Alfred Kinsey, pioneering American sex researcher. See also the feature film Kinsey.


The Price of Sex (2010 - 72min) Mimi Chakarova
Official Site: priceofsex.org
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1734163/
Looks at sex trafficking and abuse of young Eastern European women.


Raw Deal: A Question of Consent (2001 - 90min) Billy Corben
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0239879/
Amazon (DVD 11/28/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LC4620
Explores an incident at a fraternity party in Florida in which a stripper may have been raped.


How to Survive a Plague (2012 - 120min) David France
Official Site: surviveaplague.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Survive_a_Plague
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2124803/
Amazon (DVD 02/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A92MGLA
Looks at the work of AIDS activist groups ACT UP and TAG during the early years of the AIDS epidemic.


What Now? Remind Me (2013 - 164min) Joaquim Pinto
Original Title (Portuguese): E Agora? Lembra-me
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt3102356/


House of Numbers (2009 - 89min) Brent Leung
Subtitled: Anatomy of an Epidemic
Official site: www.houseofnumbers.com
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1311710/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Numbers
Amazon (Regular Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y9GY2W
Amazon (Deluxe Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003YA5W4C
Controversial film explores alternative and mainstream theories about the cause and treatment of AIDS. I was very excited about this when I first heard of it and have had high expectations. And I can say after my first viewing that the film totally delivers. This is a very well-made film, and has been needed for a long time. Includes lots of interviews with scientists from various points of view. The film does seem to lean towards the side of the AIDS dissidents (such as Dr. Peter Duesberg), but then that seems to be the point of the film - to reveal that there is a lot of confusion and disagreement in the world of AIDS research and treatment. The dissident views have been largely suppressed from the beginning. I used to read a monthly column about AIDS in SPIN magazine in the 80's, in which journalist Celia Farber presented the alternative viewpoint. I think these writings have been collected into a book, and Celia is featured in the film. All of the major issues are discussed - HIV testing, history of AIDS, discovery of HIV, drug treaments, African AIDS, etc. Rather than just presenting a certain point of view, the film raises a lot of questions. The world of AIDS is complicated and there may be no easy answers at this time. If you are very interested in this subject, I would recommend getting the Deluxe Edition, which includes 2 more discs full of extended interviews. Very important film, highly recommended. And I can imagine this one being banned or becoming hard to find, so I hope people will buy this and get it into personal collections and libraries. I also recommend Duesberg's book Inventing AIDS.

Regular Edition is single DVD, Deluxe Edition is 3 DVDs, with 2 discs full of extra features exploring the issue in more depth. (NOTE - 3-disc Deluxe Edition is supplied in 2 DVD cases - one is the film in its own case, the other case, labelled "Deluxe Edition", contains the 2 extra DVDs).


Before Stonewall (1985 - 87min) Greta Schiller
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_Stonewall
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0088782/
Amazon (DVD 05/18/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001US7TU
Looks at the history of the LGBT community from the 1920's through the 1960's, up to the 1969 Stonewall riots which began the modern gay rights movement.


After Stonewall (1999 - 88min) John Scagliotti
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_Stonewall
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0244955/
Amazon (DVD 01/18/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006J286O
Looks at the gay rights movement in the 70's, 80's and 90's, since the Stonewall riots.


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


Tom of Finland: Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991 - 55min) Ilppo Pohjola
Tom of Finland Foundation: www.tomoffinlandfoundation.org
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_of_Finland
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0104045/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009VTYH
Looks at Finnish artist "Tom of Finland", who created an iconic style of masculine gay art. Very interesting. Recommended.


Men For Sale (2008 - 75min) Rodrigue Jean
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_for_Sale
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1589448/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003RDC8JS
Looks at male street hustlers in Montreal.


Zona Rosa (2005 - 65min) Dan Castle
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0462641/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003RDC8JS
A close look at male strippers working in clubs in the Zona Rosa area of Mexico City. Very interesting.


Tongues Untied (1989 - 55min) Marlon Riggs
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongues_Untied
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0103099/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00114XLZA
Addresses racism and homophobia experienced by gay black men.


The Aggressives (2005 - 75min) Daniel Peddle
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0462757/


Venus Boyz (2002 - 102min) Gabrielle Baur
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0293685/


American Swing (2008 - 81min) Jon Hart, Mathew Kaufman
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1058058/
Amazon (DD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NJ91C0
About Plato's Retreat, a swingers club that operated in Manhattan from 1977 to the mid-80's. Very interesting, well-made film.


Sex With Strangers (2002 - 105min) Harry Gantz, Joe Gantz
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0304692/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000D0YXO
Looks at three couples involved in swinging. Although ideas of polyamory, open marriage, free love, etc are interesting to me, I did not much enjoy this film, which deals specifically with the "lifestyle" of "swinging". From the makers of Taxicab Confessions.



And Some Related Feature Films


Hysteria (2011 - 95min) Tanya Wexter
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hysteria_(2011_film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1435513/
Amazon (DVD 09/18/12 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008220A62/
Amazon (BluRay 09/18/12 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008220A9O/
The story of the invention of the electric vibrator and its early medical use in treating women for "hysteria". Set in London in the late 1880's. Very well-done film. Rated R for "sexual content", there is actually no nudity at all. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett. See also the documentaries Passion and Power and Orgasm, Inc. (both listed above).


Kinsey (2004 - 118min) Bill Condon
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0362269/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007PALGG
Interesting look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, pioneering American sex researcher. Rated R.


The Notorious Bettie Page (2006 - 90min) Mary Harron
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Notorious_Bettie_Page
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0404802/
Amazon (DVD 09/26/06 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GB5M42/
Amazon (DVD-R 04/16/13 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CDV4PPK/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/notorious_bettie_page/


Bettie Page: Dark Angel (2004 - 74min) Nico B.
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bettie_Page:_Dark_Angel
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0397039/
Amazon (DVD 03/28/06 2-disc Limited Edition Cult Epics): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EHT5LO/
Cover last three years of Bettie's career as a pin-up model through recreations of lost film footage, featuring Paige Richards as Bettie Page.


The Einstein of Sex (1999 - 100min) Rosa von Praunheim
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0161542/
Amazon (DVD 12/03/02 TLA Releasing OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006L93P/
Explores the life and work of German sexologist Dr. M Hirschfeld.


About Cherry (2012 - 102min) Stephen Elliot
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/About_Cherry
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt1945062/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/about_cherry/
Amazon (DVD 01/15/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009M4KTUG
Starring Ashley Hinshaw as Angelina (Cherry), an 18-year-old girl who escapes her small-town life and goes to San Francisco with her friend Andrew (Dev Patel). She soon gets into the porn industry. Heather Graham plays a film director who has an interest in Angelina. Lili Taylor plays Angelina's alchoholic mother. Kind of an insider look at the porn industry. Doesn't seem to be well liked by critics or audiences. I found it interesting enough.


Preaching to the Perverted (1997 - 100min) Stuart Urban
Official Site: www.preachingtotheperv.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preaching_to_the_Perverted_(film)
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0119935/
Amazon (DVD 09/12/08 Pathfinder): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0019WY6TE
Wild S&M comedy starring Guinevere Turner as a dominatrix. Very fun.


Destricted (2010 - 129min)
Official Site: www.destrictedfilms.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt/0492962/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destricted
Amazon (DVD 11/02/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003B2UK1S
This DVD is a collection of 8 different films by 8 different directors, which "explore the fine line where art and pornography intersect." There is a British version of the DVD which has some overlap but also has some different films in its collection of 7 films. The contents of both DVD versions are listed on the Wikipedia page and at the official site.


Romance (1999 - 95min) Catherine Breillat
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0194314/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_(1999_film)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003JRAV


Anatomy of Hell (2004 - 77min) Catherine Breillat
French Title: Anatomie de l'enfer
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatomy_of_Hell
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0348529/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FZEQCS


Breast Men (1997 - 95min) Lawrence O'Neil
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0133643/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breast_Men
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005MHOE/
Based on the story of the two doctors who perfected breast implant procedures in 1962.


Variety (1983 - 97min) Bette Gordon
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0090251/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0015S2P0O/


Psychopathia Sexualis (2006 - 98min) Brett Wood
Official Site: www.psychopathia.com/
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt0419081/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000IONJLU/
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_von_Krafft-Ebing
Based on Prof. Richard von Krafft-Ebing's book of the same name, published in the late 1800's as a scientific catalog of sexual perversions.


Going Under


Starlet


Masters of Sex (2013)
Official Site: www.sho.com/sho/masters-of-sex/home
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masters_of_Sex
IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt2137109/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HI4EGQA/
Article at The Telegraph: www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10353431/Michael-Sheen-on-Masters-of-Sex-We-have-an-idealized-image-of-what-sex-should-be.html
This is a Showtime TV series about sex researchers Masters and Johnson. 12 one-hour episodes were broadcast in 2013, starting in September. A second season will air in 2014.



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Revised 05/19/14. First posted 12/28/09.