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Smutty Little Movies

The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video

By Peter Alilunas

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: United States, 18 October 2016
In the late 1970s, the adult film industry began the transition from celluloid to home video. Smutty Little Movies traces this change and examines the cultural and legal efforts to regulate, contain, limit, or eradicate pornography. Drawing on a wide variety of materials, Smutty Little Movies de-centers the film text in favor of industry histories and contexts. In so doing, the book argues that the struggles to contain and regulate pleasure represent a primary starting point for situating adult video's place in a larger history, not just of pornography, but of media history as a whole.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Prologue. Naked Ladies and Ice Cream Bars Introduction. Smaller Than Life: Adult Video, Pleasure, and Control 1. Panorams, Motels, and Pirates: The Origins of Adult Video 2. Adult Video News: Selling XXX without the Sex 3. The Means of Production: Vivid Video and Femme Productions 4. Saving the Family: Video Rental Stores and the Toxicity of Pornography Epilogue. Limousines and Legacies Notes Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author

Peter Alilunas is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Oregon.


"Alilunas explores the complex route adult video took from taboo suburban scourge to a fixture of neighborhood video boutiques ... Summing up: Highly recommended." CHOICE

EAN: 9780520291713
ISBN: 0520291719
Publisher: University of California Press
Dimensions: 22.61 x 14.99 x 2.29 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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