Tuesday, October 28, 2008

RIP Gerard Damiano

Deep Throat (1972) and The Devil in Miss Jones (1973) brought porn from the raincoat to the topcoat trade, so attention must be paid to their deceased auteur, who went from a Bronx beauty parlor to the top of the hardcore heap. The 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat tells you as much as you need to know about the cutesy, amateurish Linda Lovelace sensation (the unrated version gives you a sample of her title talent; now that "Deep Throat" has been uncovered, how long will people remember its tie to Watergate?), but the more upscale Miss Jones has an impressive performance by Damiano's muse, Georgina Spelvin, and its arthouse pretensions helped make porno chic back in the 70s. Not that I would know.

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