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smutty little movies

This 2016 book traces the adult film industry’s transition from celluloid to home video beginning in the late 1970s and examines the cultural and legal efforts to regulate, contain, limit, or eradicate pornography.


The first full-length history of adult video, Smutty Little Movies draws on a wide variety of materials as it 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.

Available here from the University of California Press.

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