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The Pornographers (The Criterion Collection)
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This film is about a frumpy middle-aged man named Subu who makes money by filming and selling illegal pornography. But he runs a small operation, which makes him vulnerable to just about everything. He needs to conceal his work from larger, more organized gangs, so they don't extort money from him. But of course, his work is illegal, so he can't exactly ask the law for help, either.
It's a sleazy story. The film is not the least bit titillating -- the actual pornography is never shown. Most of the plot is concerned with Subu running around trying to keep his operation afloat. He has to deal with lots of small details, like where to buy film, where to get women, how to sell the product without the mob knowing about it, and so on. It's such a mundane, slate-gray routine that it isn't even shocking.
One might be tempted to read the film as a justification of Subu -- not necessarily of Subu's work, but of Subu himself, an attempt to humanize him, in other words. Something along the lines of, "hey, this guy is engaged in illegal activities on the fringes of society, but after all he's just another poor hard-working slob, same as all of us.Read more ›
of great film production. The story is captivating,and the acting superb.
You will never guess how it ends.
A black and white movie where characters speak mostly than act explicitly.
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The Pornographers is an ironic title for a film about love. Sex drive is like the ever present gravity which more or less impacts on planets. Read morePublished on July 23, 2005 by khense
This is a film that shows the potential of Shohei Imamura, but im afraid it does not fulfill it. The film trys to hard to be arty:the jump cuts and "creative" camera movement serve... Read morePublished on January 16, 2004
There is a case for decrepit cinematic 'crud' being universal. This is it. Get Ozu's "Tokyo Story" instead (out on Criterion). That is a piece of timeless lyrical cinema. Read morePublished on September 30, 2003
Love'em or hate 'em, idiosyncratic films that dabble with subversive notions and stories of fringe people make some viewers uncomfortable. You either get it or not. Read morePublished on July 31, 2003 by Robin Simmons
I had to watch this in a class. I thought this was one of the worst movies ever. The movie was over long. Read morePublished on December 17, 2002
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