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Pornography in the Cinema

Last Tango in Paris, Deep Throat, and Boys in the Sand

3. 1946 to 1975

4. 1966–1975

  1. Linda Williams

Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470671153.wbhaf065

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

How to Cite

Williams, L. 2011. Pornography in the Cinema. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 3:4:62.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2011


The Rite of Spring1 had reportedly been the most notorious premiere in the history of music and ballet. What happened at that premiere in the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris was quite simply a riot. Almost from the very first notes of Igor Stravinsky's music and the very first steps of Serge Diaghilev's ballet, the audience was shocked by the scenic and rhythmic evocation of pagan rituals with percussive intensities never before heard in classical music.2


  • soft-core pornography;
  • hard-core pornography;
  • gay pornography;
  • sex scenes;
  • prurience;
  • 1970s