Vera’s Orgasmic Review: Deep Throat (1972)

Deep Throat, starring the ever-talented (she is, believe me) Linda Lovelace, is an adult pornographic film that came out back in 1972. It is widely known and respected as the first adult film to be shown in theaters and the mainstream. Although the movie is pornographic, it is also an accidental comedy with bits of humor thrown in.

Now that little history lesson is out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.

Deep Throat is about a woman named Linda (Lovelace) who is struggling to find that earth-shattering ‘O’ moment. You know what I’m talking about: the seeing stars, hearing bells and whistles, and floating in the sky moment. Sure, she’s had plenty of partners and gets off quite easily, but that’s not what she wants. She wants the moment of orgasmic delight. After going through a gang-bang, Linda is frustrated and sees a sex therapist (played by the equally talented Harry Reems) who tells her what her problem is. It turns out her clit is actually in the back of her throat and she would need to get it stimulated in order to feel the fireworks she craves. Thus begins Linda’s quest.

Reems examining Lovelace's Holy Grail

Gerard Damiano, who directed this movie as well as the other classic, The Devil in Miss Jones, has an interesting style of filmmaking. While it is crystal clear he is directing porn, Damiano makes a point to tell a story, as if the sex is justified by the storyline. To his credit, it is brilliant filmmaking and something today’s porn directors should take note. Deep Throat does have a lot of sex, but the scenes further the storyline regarding Linda’s quest to satisfy her orgasmic needs. For an example, once Linda saw the sex therapist, she begins to work for him and practice on his clients. Her progress becomes increasingly better throughout the short movie and as a result, Linda is happier. It is great storytelling.

However, with the wonderful storytelling, there is a downside. Although the movie was made back in the early 70s, there is an apparent cheesiness factor to it. For example, when Linda does finally have her ‘O’ moment she’s been longing for, there are splices of fireworks, bells ringing, and even a rocket ship blasting. I see what Damiano was trying to say and do when he incorporated all of that, but I also feel it was a bit too much. It wasn’t that he did it once; Damiano incorporated the scenes each and every time Linda got off—which was a lot!

Damiano played non-sexual but memorable roles in Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones

Overall, I recommend this movie. For the men, it has a lot of blow job action which is good. For the ladies, it has a lot of blow job action, which if you need some help or practice, I highly recommend! Damiano was a brilliant porn director and I can see why this movie is a classic.