Immaculate, Imaginative: The Image

The 1970’s. In that creative gap between cheap and brief “stag films” forced underground by strict obscenity laws and the oncoming aesthetically cheapening effects of videotape, many a beauteous and beatific porn film blossomed. Certainly not all of the supposed classics of that era hold up well—have you actually tried to make it through Debbie Does Dallas, lately? And the non-consensual problematics in the production of Deep Throat mean that we have certain decisions to make regarding our viewing of it. But the good ones—the films by talented and ambitious directors who suddenly had real budgets, and actual stories, and…