Inside Deep Throat
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Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato follow up Party Monster by returning to the documentary form of their most popular film The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Rather than examining evangelists-cum-gay icons, this time the duo takes aim at the cultural phenomenon that is and was Deep Throat, the hardcore porn film that cost 25,000 dollars to make and grossed over 600-million-dollars world-wide, making it the most successful independent film of all time. The impact of the film on the public's perception of pornography is discussed, as is the unlikely relationship the film had to the Watergate… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"[A] valuable document of a cultural shift."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine
"It just doesn't go deep enough."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Three days after President Nixon brought a halt to military operations in Vietnam, another offensive maneuver was just beginning in Minneapolis."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Move over, Alfred Kinsey. Apparently the unusually avid sex researcher's knack for shaking up the gatekeepers of traditional moral values, may have been a mere dress rehearsal for Deep Throat a few decades later."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"A sharp documentary that has comedy, tragedy and, yes, a glimpse of Linda Lovelace's party trick."
‑ Nick De Semlyen, Empire Magazine
"Fascinating social criticism and a witty and relevant take on American sexual history."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Bailey and Barbato aren't as interested in the picture itself as they are in the people who made it, a collection of hustlers, crackpots, cranks and stooges colorful enough to inspire Elmore Leonard."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"This keen look at the most successful independent film ever made describes how the film's distribution and profits were taken over by the mob, and how its director and actors were affected be the social and political powers that sought to use it as a tool"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"As an exercise in nostalgia...Inside Deep Throat is amusing"
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Well-crafted and, in places, highly informative, but with the exception of some of the original film's hardcore sex scenes and the aforementioned Mob angle, there's little we haven't been exposed to before (no pun intended)."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"The absorption of Deep Throat into the political melodrama that was Watergate seems to have led to some grandiose statements in Messrs. Bailey and Barbato's documentary."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A better film than its subject."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A polemic on America, and its incapability to be accepting of sexuality by demonizing and stigmatizing the act..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Funny and saddening."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"Financed by the mafia, always there when you need them most."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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