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"A Life In Dirty Movies" hooks you with its title, then surprises by supplementing its salacious material with a charming look at the couple who made those dirty movies.
Wiktor Ericsson's "A Life in Dirty Movies" outlines this filmmaker's work reasonably well, but, somewhat surprisingly, truly hits home with a heartwarming look at Mr. Sarno's relationship with his wife, Peggy.
It's a sweet, inspiring story.
A Life in Dirty Movies is a celebration of an unusual talent, but also an elegy for an unfulfilled life.
Instead of over-glorifying their shared past, Ericsson pays loving tribute to what remains of his subjects' relationship.
This is worthwhile simply as an introduction to Sarno's work, but it also presents a touching portrait of the 89-year-old artist and his wife, Peggy Steffans, who appeared in his films all those years ago and remains his biggest fan and tenderest friend.
It's almost impossible not to care about this couple as they welcome you into their home, whether or not you're hankering to view any one of their pun-titled adult films.
The pic is most engaging when showing the sweet marriage.
Can someone who films people having sex be a real artist? The answer is yes, and here's a great introduction to one of them.
...a reverential tribute, focusing not just on Sarno's efforts to stay relevant amidst changing social mores, but also on the filmmaker's decades-long marriage.
A Life In Dirty Movies is also fascinating just as a document of changing cultural mores.
Wiktor Ericsson emphasizes one of the strongest and most distinctive features of Joseph Sarno's aesthetic: his concentration on female pleasure.
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