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Even the most uptight prude has heard of Deep Throat. It caused a bonafide cultural phenomenon and single-handedly changed the face of adult film forever. As the first mainstream hardcore (and at the time, illegal) sex film, Deep Throat’s producers and performers were hauled into court on obscenity charges and after a long & arduous battle won the case under the protection of First Amendment. Nowadays Deep Throat is known for kick-starting the “Porno Chic” trend and launching Linda Lovelace into international porn-stardom.

In addition to having a rather large budget for a adult film which at the time were usually presented in the form of silent 8mm loops shot in a dodgy basement somewhere, Deep Throat actually has a plot (as absurd as it may be). This plot entails the unfortunate Miss Lovelace and her inability to orgasm.

When Linda explains to her friend Helen that she has never had an orgasm, Helen suggests they invite a buncha dudes over to have a go at getting Linda off. One by one the men troop into Linda’s vagina but to no avail. So she goes off to see Dr. Young (Harry Reems), who after examining her vag thoroughly discovers she has no clitoris, much to Linda’s surprise. He then asks her where she gets the most pleasure from during sexual activity and she replies – blowjobs. So the doc asks her to open wide and is surprised to find that her clit is in her throat!

After testing out her throat for himself, Dr. Young decides to hire Linda as a sex therapist. He sends her out on house calls to his various patients who each have their individual kinks – ranging from an old dude who likes to drink Coke outta Linda’s pussy with a straw to a young man who likes to pretend he’s a burglar and rape his victim into submission. Linda eventually falls for the pseudo-burglar but says she can’t marry him due to the small size of his appendage, so he calls on the good Dr. Young who surgically enhances the size of his manhood and he & Linda live happily ever after.

There has been a lot of controversy concerning Linda Lovelace and the porn industry. Most notably is that she came out years later and said that her husband at the time Chuck Traynor forced her to perform at gunpoint. Supposedly he also beat her severely during the shooting of Deep Throat – the alleged evidence being the bruises visible on her body in the finished film. Adding to Linda’s notoriety are the bestiality and water sports loops which she initially denied making for Bob Wolfe – in Dog 1 Linda appears to enjoy being penetrated by a German Shepherd, but later on she claimed she was forced at gunpoint to have sex with her pet dog.

In her later life Linda was exploited by anti-porn feminists – chiefly Andrea Dworkin & Gloria Steinem – who convinced her that she was a victim of pornography and that she needed to renounce her past. With their help she published a book, Ordeal, which denounced the evils of pornography. In 1986 Linda stated “When you are watching Deep Throat, you are watching me being raped”, yet in 2001 a year before her death, she made her return to the pornography industry in the form of a spread in Leg Show magazine and held signing sessions where for a few dollars she would sign Deep Throat memorabilia.

It’s hard to say if Linda Lovelace was truly a victim of society or of her own actions. People in the industry who worked alongside her have maintained that she lived for sex and enjoyed being in the limelight, while others confirm that Chuck Traynor was indeed a violent sadist who forced her into prostitution and pornography. Either way, by the time Linda died in a car crash in 2002 she had had a double mastectomy, a liver transplant, contracted Hepatitis C and was completely broke.

Before sitting down to watch Deep Throat I was looking forward to finally checking out this classic of Porno Chic, so I was shocked to discover that this DVD release, touted on the back cover as “the definitive release of this porn classic”, is heavily censored. Every sex scene has been digitally zoomed in or out so that all the sex (including oral) is off-screen and all you see is long shots of heads, arms, legs, hairy man ass… anything but what you actually wanted to watch the film for. I ended up having to fast-forward through the majority of it because the ‘sex’ scenes are practically unwatchable. Ironically enough, in the special feature: Days of Deep Throat and Linda Lovelace, a 15 minute documentary by Eric Edwards there is the uncensored blowjob scene in the doctors office. There should of at least been a disclaimer on the cover warning that the film is severely censored .

I guess this DVD would be more suited to those who are intrigued by the legend of Deep Throat but don’t want to be confronted with hardcore sexual imagery. For those of you who like classic porn flicks and are expecting to see one, you might want to take the censorship element into consideration.

DIRECTOR(S): Gerard Damiano | COUNTRY: USA | YEAR 1972 | DISTRIBUTOR(S): Umbrella Entertainment | RUNNING TIME: 61 minutes | ASPECT RATIO: 1.77:1 | REGION: 0 | DISCS: 1

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