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A Life in Dirty Movies (2014)

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A Life in Dirty Movies is a love story about legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno, "the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street," and his loyal wife and collaborator Peggy. The film follows the Sarnos for a year, as 88-year old Joe struggles to get a new film project off the ground - a female-centric softcore film that harkens back to the style of his heyday as a filmmaker in the 1960s. As audiences tag along for the eventful and often hilarious journey between wintery Manhattan and the couple's summer retreat in Sweden, the film's intimate perspective reveals a filmmaker on the verge of being rediscovered in his golden years. Intercut is a look back to the evolution of softcore films seen as racy in their day into unmistakable hardcore porn that all but put Sarno and his artform out of business. The film chronicles Sarno's significant place in film history as an erotic "auteur," whose ambitions as a filmmaker often surpassed the needs of the genre he helped define. A Life in Dirty Movies is a clever and sincere portrait of a unique couple who follow their passion in life - onscreen and off. (c) Film Movement

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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.

September 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

September 18, 2014 | Full Review…

It's a sweet, inspiring story.

September 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A Life in Dirty Movies is a celebration of an unusual talent, but also an elegy for an unfulfilled life.

September 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Instead of over-glorifying their shared past, Ericsson pays loving tribute to what remains of his subjects' relationship.

September 16, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

September 15, 2014 | Full Review…

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