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Inside Deep Throat
- 88 min.
- Year of Production:
- Gerard Damiano
Helen Gurley Brown
- Production Company:
- Imagine Entertainment
- Berlinale Section:
- Berlinale Category:
- Documentary Film
“Deep Throat” was not just the pseudonym of the Washington Post journalist who unleashed the Watergate scandal in 1972. The name was inspired by a film by director Gerard Damiano entitled DEEP THROAT which had been released several months previously and which was the unexpected hit of the year. In the wake of its run in the porn cinemas of mid-town Manhattan, this modest 25,000-dollar production unwittingly became the trigger for a political debate that went far beyond the purely economic calculations of the film’s producers. Certainly, nobody could have dreamed that the feature would go on to earn a total of a staggering 600 million dollars. In 1972, at a time when the struggle for equality, sexual liberation and empowerment had reached its peak, Damiano’s 55-minute film was the straw that broke the camel’s back. DEEP THROAT was seen by millions; the film’s open-mouthed, wet-lipped poster image with the pearly white teeth was to become a metaphor for the drastic cultural changes that had begun to make themselves felt during the previous months and had now found expression in a straightforward porn film. In their documentary, INSIDE DEEP THROAT, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey take a look, thirty years on, at the original intentions of those involved in the making of DEEP THROAT, and at the unpredictable impact that the film has had on the American public.
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have made a series of documentaries about icons and celebrities of the gay and lesbian underground; these include a film on the coming out of TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, and another on Monica Lewinsky. In their television productions, such as the “History of Sex and Music”, they have also devoted their attention to the likes of Andy Warhol and Anna Nicole Smith. Their first joint feature film was PARTY MONSTER which was shown in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2003.
FILMOGRAFIE Randy Barbato (selection)
2019 Stonewall Outloud 2019 Liberty: Mother of Exiles 2016 Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures 2004 Hidden Fuhrer: Debating the Enigma of Hitler's Sexualty 2004 Inside Deep Throat 2003 Party Monster 2002 Monica in Black and White 2001 Out of the Closet, off the Screen: The Life of William Haines 2000 The Eyes of Tammy Faye
BIOGRAFIE Fenton Bailey
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have made a large number of documentaries about icons and celebrities of the gay and lesbian underground.Their documentary INSIDE DEEPTHROAT screened in the Berlinale Panorama in 2005. Several of their films have been presented at theSundance Film Festival, including BECOMING CHAZ in 2011. They won the IDA Pioneer Award in 2014.
FILMOGRAFIE Fenton Bailey (selection)
2016 Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures 2004 Inside Deep Throat 2004 Hidden Fuhrer: Debating the Enigma of Hitler's Sexualty 2003 Party Monster 2002 Monica in Black and White 2001 Out of the Closet, off the Screen: The Life of William Haines 2000 The Eyes of Tammy Faye