Monday, 22 June 2009

What would the Malaysians make of Deep Throat?

How far does a girl have to go to untangle her tingle?

More tongue-in-cheek than hardcore horror, Deep Throat was a cult porn film made in the early 70s which featured the luscious Linda Lovelace whose clitoris was located – surprise surprise – deep in her throat.

But now, some 37 years on, newly released documents reveal that the FBI tried to stop the showing of the film (as if they didn’t have better things to do!)

The FBI documents newly released to The Associated Press reveal the bureau's sprawling and ultimately vain attempt to stop the spread of a movie some saw as the victory of a cultural and sexual revolution and others saw as simply decadent.

Agents seized copies of the movie, had negatives analyzed in labs and interviewed everyone from actors and producers to messengers who delivered reels to theaters.

"Today we can't imagine authorities at any level of government — local, state or federal — being involved in obscenity prosecutions of this kind," said Mark Weiner, a constitutional law professor and legal historian at Rutgers-Newark School of Law. "The story of 'Deep Throat' is the story of the last gasp of the forces lined up against the cultural and sexual revolution and it is the advent of the entry of pornography into the mainstream."

The papers are among 498 pages from the FBI file on Gerard Damiano, who directed the movie and died in October. Released this month following a Freedom of Information Act request by the AP, they are just a glimpse into Damiano's roughly 4,800-page file. More than 1,000 additional pages were withheld under FOIA exemptions and because they duplicated other material; the balance of the file has not yet been reviewed and released.

But thankfully, the FBI “ballsed up” their operation – they were probably too busy enjoying the film than to actually prevent it from being shown – and Deep Throat went on to become one of the most famous and successful films of all time.

In fact, it even holds the record for the longest theatrical run of any movie and was shown daily at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, Oregon from 1975 to 1991.

All thanks to the sexual revolution of the 60s. But what will come next? Will nudity in offices become commonplace? Or perhaps adult films will be shown on terrestrial television stations (actually Deep Throat has already been broadcast in Holland)

But some parts of the world are still playing catch up. And one of them is Malaysia:

Because in that country, sodomy - even between consenting adults - is illegal.

And the basis for a court case against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim:

The high court has said it will now try Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, July 8 rather than July 1 for sodomy charges leveled by a former aide.

In an interview with AFP, Anwar Ibrahim voiced concern false evidence would be introduced in a bid to jail him and end his political career.

'It's a convenient way for UMNO to get rid of me to settle their political problem,' he said, referring to the United Malays National Organization which is the dominant party in the ruling National Front coalition.

Mr Anwar, 61, has consistently rejected the allegations levelled by a 23-year-old former aide - the same charge that saw him jailed a decade ago - as a government conspiracy to derail his plan to topple the ruling coalition.

I for one wish Anwar the best. And I bet I’m not alone…


wankongyew said...

Well, as you noted, Malaysia is hardly alone on this one. Check this Wikipedia page, for example: