These Documentaries Will Take You Inside The Porn Industry

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Love it, hate it, or don't want your partner watching it — everyone has an opinion about porn. But how much do you actually know about the mechanics of the porn industry? Do you know that young women are recruited to perform by way of carefully worded Craigslist ads? Do you know about the discussions that occur in the offices of Kink.com about the intersection of pain and pleasure? Do you know about the career of Mary Millington, Britain's foremost performer of the '70s?
Where there are juicy, controversial topics like porn, there are going to be questions like the above. And where there are questions, there are going to be documentaries. The following documentaries delve into this profitable, pervasive, and oftentimes problematic, industry. No two documentaries provide the same perspective, but each will definitely change your perspective on the adult film industry.
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Inside Deep Throat (2005)

In 1972, the "smut" movie Deep Throat was distributed to theaters — and ended up inciting a wild phenomenon and a national debate over whether such movies should be readily available. This documentary examines the Deep Throat's cultural repercussions, as well as uncovering how it even got to theaters in the first place.
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After Porn Ends (2010)

Asia Carrera is a member of Mensa, a high-IQ society. But she wasn't allowed to link to her site on the Mensa database, because it contained evidence of her past life as a porn star. Carrera, along with the other performers interviewed in this documentary about life after porn, continues to grapple with her career long after she's retired.

What does a person go on to do after porn, anyway? Accounting? Instagram modeling? By interviewing numerous former porn performers like Carrera, this documentary examines the transition between worlds.
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9 to 5: Days in Porn (2009)

This German documentary is a reminder that for many people, porn is a job. Get to know the perspective of a producer, a rising star, a doctor who works with young women performers, and seven more individuals over the course of a year in L.A.
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Kink (2014)

Would you be surprised if I told you that James Franco produced a documentary about Kink.com, the internet's foremost creator of BSDM content? Well, he did. Kink takes us into the offices of Kink.com, where employees discuss pain, pleasure, and bondage with the same casual tone that other offices discuss weekly traffic goals.
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Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

The HBO drama The Deuce showed the early days of the porn industry, with its badly lit sets and live audiences. Flash forward a few decades, add the advent of the internet, and you get Hot Girls Wanted. The documentary, produced by Rashida Jones, looks at conditions that led to the rise of the amateur porn industry.
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Respectable: The Mary Millington Story (2015)

Mary Millington was one of the most famous British porn stars in the 1970s, but you might better know her as the woman who was photographed topless outside the Prime Minister's residence on 10 Downing Street. This documentary chronicles her life riding the crest of the porn industry, and the ingredients of addiction and mental illness that led to her suicide at the age of 33.
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