Director: Frank Martin (USA – 1996)
Narrated by Raquel Welch, Frank Martin’s engaging and authoritative six part series explores the 100 year evolution of sexuality and censorship in moving pictures. Chronicling a rich parade of cinematic sins, from the early peepshows of ‘Arab Dancers’ and ‘German Musclemen,’ to the representation and suppression of sexuality in mainstream cinema throughout the 20th century, the documentary examines the films that danced around the puritan ethics of the Hays Code and paved the way for increasingly daring storytelling. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable romp and a decent film studies resource to boot.
Time Out (London) – Issue 1937 – 3rd October 2007 – 93