Released: Nov 01st, 1998
Running Time: 70, 75
Directors: Pornography in the Orient: Keith Erickson, Prostitution
Company: Alpha Blue Archives
Cast: Jeannie, Bill (I), Malta, Uschi Digard, Joe (I), Carlos Tobalina, Debbie (I), Sunny (I), Rick (I), Pornography in Hollywood: George Murphy
Critical Rating: Not Yet Rated
Consider stocking in a Midnight Movie/Cut section or an Over-18 Only Documentary section.
Pornography in Hollywood is a shot-on-film documentary of the sex industry in the '70s, with several scenes of both soft-and hardcore footage included. Cranky old ponytailed George Murphy interviews everyone, from adult bookstore clerks and customers, to strippers, to talent in straight and gay loops, to gay liberationists, to anti-porn fundamentalists. Footage like female anti-porn protesters wearing mini-skirts and go-go boots, and statements like an angry drag queen's "Nixon is a pornographic pusher!" are irresistible; if only director John Kirkland had included title cards.
Prostitution and Pornography in the Orient is a film that plays like a '70s travelogue of Taipei, Japan and Hong Kong, and catering to the swinging-Caucasian-man-about-the-globe demographic. The women of Hong Kong, for instance, are praised by the narrator for retaining their "subservient attitude" in the face of corruptive Western influences. The viewer is taken to various massage parlors, private sex clubs, a girl/girl strap-on show, community baths (where the native women "seem to prefer the man who is physical, rather than intellectual," promises the narrator), and a shrine where worshippers pray to phallic-shaped objects. It's either high camp or pretty gross, depending on your point of view.