Midnight Blue, Vol. 5 - Porn King
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A vicious, expletive-laden verbal assault on an ex-secretary lands Al in court on a seemingly benign harassment charge. Instead of quietly paying a small fine, a hell-bent Goldstein decides to turn the trial into a media sensation. For the next two years, the Judge, the jury and the DA will bear the brunt of an X-Rated one-man press and TV campaign. But will Al's scorched-earth tactics cost him more than he bargained for?
Filmmaker James Guardino takes an uncensored peek into the salacious, incendiary and self-destructive world of Al Goldstein. With revealing contributions from Larry Flynt, Ron Jeremey and Al 'Grandpa Munster' Lewis, PORN KING is an essential document of one man's fight for free speech -- no matter how vulgar.
- Bonus documentary: The Last Days of Midnight Blue
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I've always admired Al as a porn pioneer and dedicated advocate for the First Amendment. But here he comes across as an egomaniac bent on self-destruction. It seems the rage he once directed against politicians like Nixon and Guilliani is now focused on the judge, the district attorney and anyone else his increasingly paranoid mind views as an enemy.
The overriding picture you get is of a man, fueled by insecurity and self-hatred, who is determined to remain in the public spotlight no matter the cost. It's not always pleasant to watch. But, like a car wreck, it's hard to take your eyes off of him and this seems to be exactly what Al wants.
Goldstein's "glory days" of first amendment battles were ancient history by the time Guardino started filming, and it becomes obvious that this final skirmish is less about freedom of speech and more about media attention (in this jaded age of mainstream post-Madonna porn chic,old-school "smut peddlers" like Goldstein appear to have lost their cachet).
The film bears unblinking witness to the dethroning, as his riches turn quite literally into rags (at one point, a humbled Goldstein is actually begging the cameraman for a few bucks because he doesn't want to spend another night in a homeless shelter). It's still tough to feel sorry for him, because up to this point in the story he is shown to be so unrelentingly self-destructive and compulsively abrasive toward everyone he comes in contact with. Still, there is a morbid fascination factor here that makes "Porn King" an interesting watch.