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Gritty, depressing, ugly look at L.A.'s porn industry
on April 9, 2012
Interesting look at L.A.'s porn industry with many raunchy scenes of hard core porn as it is being made. I found it a bit boring. There were alternating scenes of the porn being made, which often made me tense up at the painful images, and scenes of pretty houses and nice cars which they enjoyed as proceeds of their work.
I'm not sure why the filmaker found it necessary to show some particularly degrading physically violent scenes of naked women being almost tortured. The women didn't seem to mind in the least so apparently I'm just not "with" it, or at least that was the feeling I think I was supposed to come away with. I can't recommend this film and wish I hadn't watched it but I did and now I have some new things to think about that are mildly depressing to me. Pain and degradation is the norm here and the actors showed zero reactions to it.
Also constantly referring to the women as "whores" was repulsive and contemptuous. All the men were ugly, a few hideously so, and most of the women were pretty or beautiful. One incredibly gross looking little man who was an agent for the women kept calling them whores, and the filmaker kept saying "find me some whores" and he too was ugly and I was thinking how much easier it is to exploit another human being when you think of them as less than human.
They mentioned making three hundred and fifty dollars up to a whopping five hundred dollars. A big name was going to get the huge sum of two thousand five hundred dollars. One porn star said she can make more as an escort in a week than she can make doing porn in a month, with less sex and more fun. She seemed to be one of the few that was rational.
Who were these young women and why were they doing this? We saw them crouching naked on the floor, their arms wrapped around themselves, in their spike heels between scenes like prisoners in a concentration camp, while the men stood around talking about the filming.
Couldn't they even slip into a robe between scenes?
It's the second most pathetic imagery I've ever seen.
To get three hundred and fifty dollars to have your body and soul abused, when the film will sell five to ten thousand copies a month, shows that something's wrong here. For what they were doing, and what the film will earn, it seems like a paltry sum.
As a documentary it was ok. I can't say it was great or bad. It was simply a voyeur's look at the lives of the people who make porn. There really isn't much else to say or anything to take away from this. It was mildly interesting but boring at the same time. The shock value was there at least. I would have liked to have heard more from the women who do this about what it is that attracts them to this as a way to make a living. It didn't appear that it was for the love of the sex. Porn is a huge industry worldwide so it's worth taking a look at for that reason if nothing else.