Barbara Nitke: American Ecstasy
The Golden Age, from the 1970s to the mid 1980s was the period when porn came out from the underground and blossomed. Lots of people went out to downtown movie theatres to watch sex flicks on the big screen. We shot on bit 35mm cameras, with large crews of serious film technicians who put a lot of care into the lighting, the scripts, the wardrobe – all the elements of independent feature filmmaking. The porn stars of those days had acting backgrounds, and felt that they were making a political statement by performing sex. They also had natural looking bodies, with pubic hair and natural breasts.