Some Guys Saved Some 35MM Pornos, And What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind

filmnoirIt’ll blow your mind if you’re a caveman and have no sense of the obvious. :-)

Inaugurated in December, Anthology Film Archives’ groundbreaking new series IN THE FLESH continues in March with a quartet of films exploring the darker side of the classic adult film genre, featuring tough-talking private eyes, deviant rapists, shadowy blackmailers, and existential crises.

Throughout the 1970s, adventurous adult film directors paid homage to their favorite film noirs with updated X-rated versions of classics like LAURA (1944) and SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950). The sexual tension created between noir anti-heroes and seductive femmes fatales could now be embellished and visualized, to the delight of both the raincoat crowd and cultured moviegoers. In addition to creating porno variants of acknowledged film classics, filmmakers began to step outside of established boundaries and challenge audience expectations. Dark and disturbing features assaulted viewers with increasing levels of violence, degradation, and horror. This decadent debauchery created a new form of noir within the genre, often referred to as ‘roughies’. Experimentation in the dark and the mysterious continued into the 1980s, before video rendered film and its genre artistry practically obsolete. AFA is proud to present four unique and compelling examples of ‘porn noir’, emerging from the shadows to provide you with a rare opportunity to see them theatrically, as they were intended to be seen.

All four one-time-only screenings will be from 35mm prints and presented by special guests who will provide revealing glimpses into the making of the films as well as the general adult film ‘Golden Age’ in New York. Guests for this series include adult filmmaker extraordinaire Larry Revene, adult film superstar Kelly Nichols, and other surprise appearances!

Curated by Casey Scott. Special thanks to Steven Morowitz (Distribpix) and Joe Rubin (Vinegar Syndrome). A very special thank you to Larry Revene for his continued support of this series.

March 27 8PM: Armand Weston‘s EXPOSE ME LOVELY (1976)

March 28 8PM: Bob Gill‘s THE DOUBLE EXPOSURE OF HOLLY (1976)

March 29 8PM: Victor Milt‘s SEX WISH (1976)

March 30 8PM: Roger WatkinsCORRUPTION (1983)


Classic Film Series Screening in NYC, December 5-8!


As you may have surmised, we’re a little partial to the Golden Age of Adult Cinema around here, so we were VERY excited to hear that Casey Scott, with help from Steven Morowitz and the awesome team over at Distribpix along with Joe Rubin from distributor Vinegar Syndrome, is curating four nights of 35mm smut to NYC, as part of the In The Flesh program at Anthology Film Archives.  Tickets are $10 per showing.  (AFA members get reduced rates.)

They’ll be showing 35mm prints of four movies from the Golden Age of Adult Cinema, with some of the production staff in attendance for Q&A after the showings.

December 5, 8:00 PM - High Rise (1972) directed by Danny Stone (deceased); the film’s composer, Jack Urbont, will be attending in-person to “discuss his marvelous original score, including vocals by soul singer great Rhetta Hughes!”  According to curator, Casey Scott, “If you’re uncertain about watching an X-rated movie with an audience, never fear, this one is funny, visually stylish, and as I said in the Anthology calendar, “purely pleasurable”. It’s just so much fun!”

December 6, 8:00 PMThrough the Looking Glass (1976), directed by Jonas Middleton who will be in attendance.

December 7, 8:00 PMTake Off (1978), directed by Armand Weston, cinematographer Larry Revene will be in attendance

December 8 8:00 PMWanda Whips Wall Street (1981), directed by Larry Revene who will be there in person to do an introduction and Q&A

Larry will also be signing his book, Wham Bam $ Ba Da Boom! : Mob wars, Porn Battles and a View from the Trenches. (Sojourner.)

The AFA is located at 32 Second Ave between 1st and 2nd.  By subway, take the F train to 2nd Avenue, walk two blocks north on 2nd Avenue to 2nd Street; or take the #6 to Bleecker St., walk one block north on Lafayette, then two blocks east on Bond St. (turns into 2nd St.) to 2nd Avenue.