Traces the first fifty years of adult films, contrasting the variety and explicitness of French films with less explicit but technically-superior U.S. productions. In Europe, from the early years of cinema, women and men engaged in sex on screen. In the U.S., the production code of 1930 as well as Puritan values gave rise to striptease films featuring bare breasts. As U.S. adult films became more mainstream, they showed even less; in the late 1940s and 1950s, the striptease and fan dance gave rise to films of women fighting and women in bondage, often with little bare skin exposed. A narrator guides the viewer through a montage of film clips and social history.
The great myth of erotic cinema is that its creation came about in the 1970s, with stars like John Holmes and films like Deep Throat, but nothing could be further from the truth. As soon as movie cameras were invented, people began using them to make pornographic films- the earliest of which can be traced back to the 1920s.
Here is a brief history of pornographic films- from silent-era sex on the bumper of a Model T Ford to Bettie Page gyrating in Technicolor- from soft-core to hard-core & anything goes – TABOO: THE BEGINNING OF EROTIC CINEMA is a collection of vintage erotica from it’s very beginning to its unforeseeable end. This is an interesting collection of French and American erotic films.