Text Sara Emma Cervo
«Good morning, I’m a journalist, I’d like to ask you some questions about the cinema you manage». Silence. «Thanks, we’re not interested ». And yet the Ambasciatori in Rome, the latest cinema in Rome to screen blue films enjoys excellent health, as reported by national newspapers. Just quality films and a big screen for those who do not wish to be converted to smartphones, tablet or YouPorn. Three showings a day, up-front places and comfortable chairs, perhaps red ones. «Excuse-me, what’s on tomorrow?» – «Tropici a tutto hard (The Tropics at top-hard) and A bocca aperta (Open-mouthed)». Dismissed, quickly. On the web I can only find articles written by other people, the website is a pipe dream. A phone number, a landline of course. Privacy is guaranteed here in Rome.
Quite another thing in New York. In the screens of the New Museum, Community Action Center has been screened in connection with the show Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon. A ninety-minutes movie without censure, scripted and directed by A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner. An erotic performance of the queer universe. It took three years. It is inspired by porno-romantic films from the Sixties and Seventies, directed by Fred Halsted, James Bidgood and Joe Gage. The only rule is: it shall be enjoyed and seen in company, so that the power of the movie can express itself in its totality.
A loud and clear message comes from the world of art, reproduced by Raphaël Siboni with a documentary. The artist from the Paris Academy of Beaux-Arts did not spare himself with his Il n’y a pas de rapport sexuel in 2011. He selected more than 2000 hours of video materials filmed behind the curtains of blue films by director and actor Hervé Pierre-Gustave, a master of X films. Scandal or not, the work, forbidden under 18 years old, has found its space in the French cinemas. Not only in those at the Pigalle.
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