I forgot about it for a couple of months until one day I decided to digitize a copy of it from video cassette. Dusting off my old VCR I popped in the tape, made some popcorn and darkened the room. I couldn't remember the last time I had viewed the movie so I was looking forward to a trip into nostalgia.
When Deep Throat was originally released it swept through the American culture so quickly that it became a buzzword and has since become a word you can say around polite company (well...almost). "Deep Throat" not only depicts it's original lewd meaning but it has come to be used for a multitude of other meanings. Deep Throat is also a play on the words "deep background" some newspapers use to describe investigative reporting. The phrase has even become a verb as in "I got a deep throating from one of my co-workers today". Besides, who can forget the "Deep Throat" of Watergate fame? If you lived through the Nixon era it also has meaning as someone who is a secret mole that is more common than the original meaning had. It's quite possible too that the phrase is so embedded in our popular culture that most people today no longer realize how the phrase originated or from where. By the way, it turns out that the mole was William Mark Felt, a senior FBI agent.
Nonetheless the phrase comes from the movie in which the word is never spoken and the only time you see or hear it is at the beginning of the movie in the title. Of course it's use since has become quite prolific. Between the opening title, the credits and the end you will see Linda Lovelace, the actress that achieved a considerable amount of fame if not fortune from the movie. She did not receive much for the part (not by today's standards at least). She always claimed that she was forced and coerced into doing the film (not her first or last) and became a spokeswoman against pornography before her untimely death in a 2002 car accident.
Amazing to me was the fact that the movie holds up in many ways even by today's porn standards, where porn is no-holds-barred. For the most part the movie is so poorly acted that you could almost call it a porn comedy and the actors seem to sense this. Most scenes no doubt were done in one take. However, there are some subtle things that even though today it is common place, at the time was quite uncommon. For one thing, Linda Lovelace shaved her beaver. These days it's unusual to see a porn flick were the ladies DON'T shave. I don't know when that change occurred but if you spend any time viewing retro-raunchy porn flicks of the 50s, 60s, 70s and older 8mm stag movies, you'll notice that Linda Lovelace was one of the first to have a shaved muff on the screen.
Of course the other thing you'll notice immediately is the movie is filmed on 16mm film and not tape. VCRs were not a consumer item in the early 70s and this gives a much different feel to the movie than some of the more recent HD porn flicks. The movie's appeal to this day may be for this reason alone. The porn industry was much different in those days and remained so at least until the Internet became the main distribution point of porno flicks and opened the doors for an ocean of porno content being generated that was unheard of decades earlier.
You might do yourself a favor, get a copy and watch it if you never have. After you watch the complete movie then ask yourself why this movie was all the rage 36 years ago when both men and women watched it in sleazy movie houses.