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Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video

Peter Alilunas


Smutty Little Movies traces the adult film industry’s transition from celluloid to home video beginning in the late 1970s alongside an examination of the cultural and legal efforts to regulate, contain, limit, or eradicate pornography. Drawing on a wide variety of materials, Smutty Little Movies de-centers the film text in favor of industrial histories and contexts. In doing so, the book argues that the struggles to contain and regulate pleasure represent a primary entry point for situating adult video’s place in a larger history, not just of pornography, but media history as a whole.

Keywords: Pornography, Home Video, Film History, Sexuality Studies, Film and Media Studies, Cultural Studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520291706
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Alilunas, author
University of Oregon