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Deep Throat (1972)
by Matthew Doberman review

The "porno chic" trend in the 1970s was characterized by three major films: The Devil in Miss Jones, Behind the Green Door, and Deep Throat. Like its two cohorts, Deep Throat offered more than sex, sex, and more sex. It actually pulls off some successful comic moments, many of them provided by Harry Reems as the doctor who discovers Linda's rather rare condition and suggests a novel program to treat it. The star, Linda Lovelace, became a household name, as otherwise respectable folks went to the theater under the real or contrived pretense of viewing an art film. The quality of the film is surprisingly poor given all the hype, though certainly better than lesser works of the porn genre. Modern-day enjoyment of Deep Throat is perhaps also marred by accounts of copious behind-the-scenes mischief, from Lovelace's repeated "auditions" for director Gerard Damiano's business partner father to her later allegations of being coerced, even raped, into her Deep Throat performance. Nevertheless, the movie is undeniably an American classic, if not necessarily for the usual reasons. The film, which became the most financially successful skin flick in history, achieved unlikely immortality with the revelation that it was the code name for the informant behind the Watergate scandal recounted in All the President's Men. Never before had linguistics seen a graphic sexual term launch to mainstream usage so fast, much to the horror of the easily offended.