Dispatches

The Halcyon Years of Adult Film

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 DISPATCHES

The
Halcyon Years

of Adult Film


Don’t get me wrong; I heartily
enjoy recent releases such as Help! There’s
a Black Man in my Wife’s Ass
and Transsexual
Heartbreakers Vol.22
, but as the credits
roll and I replay some of the films’ more tender moments,
my post-orgasmic glow gives way to the sad realization
that porn’s finest hour came and went before I was
even born.

It isn’t simply the absence of cogent, if not
entirely plausible story lines and the truly gifted
John Holmes, Marilyn Chambers and Linda Lovelace
that I lament. Nor is it merely nostalgia for non-digital
porn. I want to be lured into dark, suspect theaters
by enticing advertisements promising nymphomaniac
housewives and girls inexplicably going bad.

X-Rated: Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s is
a tribute to an era in which kitschy graphics and
campy taglines not only sold sex, but also immortalized
it. “I
Feel it Coming
: To him, every bed is a
battlefield!!” (1971.) Genius. “MisfitsÂ…degeneratesÂ…caught
in the act!!! See How They Come.” (1968.) Now
that’s art. I’m not saying The Whole Ten Inches — an
upcoming film not starring the comedy gold
of Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis — won’t be
memorable, it just won’t be worth remembering in
forty years. — Grant
Stoddard

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X-RATED:

ADULT MOVIE POSTERS OF THE 60s AND 70s