Main Plot Points:
- 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 what may be his last film project off the ground.
- The film’s intimate perspective reveals a filmmaker’s golden years and the search for significance once again. Intercut is a look back to the evolution of softcore films into hardcore porn that all but put Sarno out of business.
- A Life in Dirty Movies is a clever and sincere portrait of a unique couple who follow their passion in life onscreen and off.
What We Thought:
- I can honestly say I wasn’t familiar with Joe Sarno or any of the movies talked about in A Life in Dirty Movies.
- I still thought the documentary was interesting overall. I like film history and I did learn a bit about it in this.
- Sarno’s films had plenty of nudity, but were also artistic. Hardcore, XXX porn came in and changed the game. Sarno never changed his art though.
- Over time he added a bit more gratuitous dialogue, but stuck to his artistic and high production value films. All the while doing it with his wife at his side.
- It’s well made and you really get a glimpse at Sarno and his wife. You see a still driven man and a wife that truly loves him. You get to see how he finally got some credit later in life and how that credit can be rubbed in all the people’s faces who said he wasn’t anything special.
- A Life in Dirty Movies is pretty interesting. If you know Sarno and his movies, you’ll probably love it. Even not knowing him, it’s a good look at how movies get made, how other films can shape an industry and still being creative/passionate late in your life.
- Interview Clips Not Included in the Film
- Featurette on Sarno’s Cult hit Fabodjantan
- Featurette on Sarno’s Masterpiece Young Playthings
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Joe Sarno
Recommended if You Like:
- Joe Sarno Films
- The history of porn