Thinking XXX (Extended Cut)
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Award-winning director and art photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders brings viewers onto the set of his newest photo shoot and into the private worlds of the top porn stars in the country in this unusual and provocative documentary. From Savanna Samson to Nina Hartley, Sean Michaels to Lukas Ridgeston straight to gay, legends to newcomers. Thinking XXX offers a clothed and unclothed look at some of America's legendary porn stars as they pose in front of Greenfield-Sanders's large-format portrait camera, and then discuss many of the facets of their lives and careers. The film follows these women and men through interviews on and off of Greenfield-Sanders photo sets in New York and LA, delving into discussions of exhibitionism, private and public sex, money, and the business today. Stars are interviewed at home, in the office, at the gym, and with friends and lovers. They discuss their lives, their decisions for going into this business, their hopes and dreams..]]>
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I've been stepping up my watching of documentaries these past few years. Sort of a combination of feeling like too much of the time I spend in front of a screen is wasted and wanting to find out more about subjects that I know nothing, or little, about. It's not that much of a sacrifice when you've got stuff like this out there waiting to be seen. Celebrated photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, while taking the photos for his book XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits, decided to film the process as well. The result is a fascinating look at the people behind the porn, as it were.
One (or, at least, I) always expects porn stars to be nice, bubbly, somewhat vacuous. I know, prejudice is a horrible thing, but there it is. And to be fair, a few of the folks who get camera time here come off exactly that way. But the majority are quite another thing entirely. Everyone, by now, knows the Jenna Jameson story, how she went from being "just another porn star" to being one of the biggest movers and shakers in the adult entertainment industry. (One of the interviewees notes that the E! True Hollywood Story episode on Jenna Jameson was the series' most watched episode of all time.) that sort of drive, intelligence, and ambition is very well represented here, and by many more stars than Jameson.Read more ›
This HBO documentary is essentially a making of feature for his book XXX:Thirty Porn Star Portraits. The stars are interviewed as they prepare for the shoot, at home and even in traffic. What the film does is make the stars real people. Some have great things to say about porn in our culture. They address race, AIDS, money making and the business aspects of porn. These are all stars of the industry and very few have anything negative to say about their chosen profession.
The actual film runs an hour in its extended version but the true worth of this package is the extended interviews with all thirty models. The interview segment run about two additional hours and features a lot of insights into the businesss of sex and those who are engaged in it. Also featured is about an hour of interview material with writers and cultural figures who try to explain the porn phenomenon. There is a photo gallery of Greenfield-Sanders work and some clips from the New York and LA gallery openings.
While this offering may not be for all tastes there is a wealth of cultural information here that is worth checking out.
There are naked bodies all over the place, but no sex and that makes this particular DVD all the more authentic. The theme of a photographer creating a book of nudes and essays is not new, the sheer number of naked bodies scanned in detail by the movie cameras make this a good piece of entertainment as well as informative. The bonus bits and pieces make the few dollars well worth spending.
The best part comes in the extras, especially the porn stars themselves simply talking about their lives in the industry. Some of it is poignant, some sad, some hilarious, some pompous (with the award on that one going to Sunrise Adams, who we tells us, her voice full of self-importance, that she's "a <emphasis> very <end emphasis> complex person"). This stuff is better than any porn movie script.
Also worthwhile are some of the commentaries. Gore Vidal making a buffoon of himself by blathering on about political theory a la some lefty professor who thinks he is more clever than he really is because of his ability to weave together disparate strings of social/cultural phenomena into some vaguely coherent whole, not recognizing just how loose his associations really are. Whitley Strieber comparing his ostracism as a UFO abductee to that of porn stars. Karen Finley talking on without realizing just how irrelevant her feminist viewpoint is to people outside her ideological bubble. Really, it's good stuff.
And then, also in the extras, some clips from the opening shows in New York and LA, where porn stars get to feel all mainstream by mingling with Ben Stiller and his girlfriend.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
purchased because I had it save on my CATV DVR and didn't know when or if it would crashPublished 7 months ago by Ef
Features behind the scenes of XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits as the author prepares to photograph the models, male and female. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ellison
I originally had to buy the book for a class and ended up purchasing the DVD to go with it. Very interesting documentary and supplemental book if you're looking to learn more about... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Richard Goughneour
I am a photographer and knew of Timothy Greenfield-Saunders' work so when I heard about this DVD I was excited. Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Jamie Dennis
This is one of those documentaries that offer you a diferent and more human view about the world of porn, it is amazingly interesting, full of points but cultivated ones from... Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by Marcos Cantera Cuenca
THIS DVD PRESENTS IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING SEX AND THE PROPER REPRESENTATION ABOUT WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO FOR THE VEIWING PUBLIC. Read morePublished on June 7, 2008 by NICKIE T. LEE
The conceit for this project is trite, and the difference in the respect shown to the commentators and that shown to the performers belies the director's stated aim. Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by Deborah M. Chasteen