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The late UCLA psychiatrist Stoller ( Porn: Myths for Our Time ) and Levine, a journalist and screenwriter with X-video credits, have collaborated on an unusual (and necessarily explicit) oral history of the world of erotic films. The voyeuristic and curious may learn much, as well as lose what Levine calls "lurid misconceptions," through such interviewees as a male actor who confesses fears of AIDS or a female counterpart who cites Piaget in discussing the emotional unreadiness of 18-year-old women for the trials of public sex. There are provocative observations: one porn director calls her work "a document of contemporary Western sexuality"; a male producer believes it's healthy for men to see violence against women; a female actress maintains that women from dysfunctional families go into porn for "adoration and love." Levine himself dubs the industry a "hideout for arrested development cases." Surrounded by much incidental verbiage, these points would benefit from more explication. There are no photographs, either.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (September 10, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300066619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300066616
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,656,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
Through a series of interviews with writers, directors, cast and crew, the author dissects the process of making a pornographic movie from conception to release. Far from the giggly bimbo-fest one might expect, all the persons interviewed come across as intelligent adults who have made the conscious decision to be involved with the x-rated film industry. I was especially impressed with veteran actress Nina Hartley's thoughts on her illustrious career and her complete confidence that what she is doing is not wrong. Another affecting piece was from an actor who is trying to leave the industry, but with a wife and new baby at home, he finds it difficult to stay away from the money. Made me think of Boogie Nights, and the ex-porn star couple trying to get a loan to start their own business. All in all a very impressive academic study.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on April 30, 2000
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This book is an incredible, shocking, and educational look into the misunderstood and much maligned "adult video" industry. Although the interviews seem, at first, way too repetetive, it actually allows the readers a clearer view of what was really happening on the set, getting past all the ego blinders the interviewees threw at the interviewers. Those wishing for cheap thrills and juicy photos need look elsewhere. Those interested in actually learning something about this industry and the people who work in it will definitely finish this book happy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
After reading this book you will never view another adult video the same way.
Prior to reading this book, I had no idea how hard actors and actresses work on the set of an adult movie.
This book goes in-depth via candid interviews with all the participants involved in the production of "Stairway to Paradise". Their individual perspectives on the making of this XXX masterpiece will make you realize how difficult it is to produce a quality "hard core" movie.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1997
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If you ever wondered how those videos came about here is the book. It gives a step by step view of the book's creation, by means of interviews with the producer, director, writers, actors, actresses. The book is a little bit raw and unfinished, in the sense that it appears to be nearly unedited interviews. The result, though, is the matter of fact reality of how a "good" (VCA PLATINUM) video is produced for $25,000 in two days of shooting. After reading it you will want to buy/rent Stairway to Paradise.
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