Thinking XXX

2004
6| 0h58m| NR| en| More Info
Released: 27 October 2004 Released
Producted By: Perfect Day Films
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Synopsis

For a book project, photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders took photographs of 30 stars of adult movies, each pair of photographs in the same pose, clothed and nude. This film records the photo shoots and includes interviews with the performers and commentary from eight writers (and John Waters). The actors and writers discuss economics, nudity and exhibitionism, careers, and private lives.

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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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Stevecorp Don't listen to the negative reviews
Odelecol Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.
Murphy Howard I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend other to give it a try , (as I am) but this movie, although enjoyable to watch due to the better than average acting fails to add anything new to its storyline that is all too familiar to these types of movies.
Adeel Hail Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.
SnakesOnAnAfricanPlain Timothy Greenfield-Sanders decides to do a photography book starring Porn Stars. First they wear clothes, then they don't. It's hardly earth shattering stuff, but this documentary does unravel some fairly interesting facets of humanity. Just not enough to wish there had been more. The most interesting clips come from porn star couples, as they discuss their very different sex lives. Other stars seem to be in control of their lives, whilst others seem to be in denial. There are also some interesting insights into the business side of porn. As it all comes back to the photography, it's never enough. We get brief snapshots where porn stars take off their layers for a few seconds but then it's over. A good watch, but one which invites more detail.
bob the moo Having photographed artists, actors, musicians and politicians, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' next project is to photograph stars of the American pornography industry both with clothes and without in the same pose. As he works with them to capture his images, they speak to the camera about their lives, their experiences and how they see the world they live within.As with many people I imagine, this film jumped out of the listings at me because of the title but also the names of the people involved – many of whom I have of course seen, but few of them on UK television! I watched it out of curiosity and, in this regard it works as a short documentary. The actors and actresses are all pretty charming and open about the work they do – none of them are cheap and nasty nor are any of them too hung up on the "importance" of what they think they are doing (even if one talks a bit heavily about it as an "art"). Seeing them in their normal clothes and not heavy make-up and high-heels is a nice experience and this novelty value is enough to carry it.Of course there is also nudity but it is all very posed and those looking for a cheap way to get off will be disappointed because Sanders' is not really interested in making them titillating. This plays in its favour as a documentary but it is a documentary about the shooting of these portraits and not about the porn industry and this is where many viewers will have an issue with it. As it is essentially a relaxed chat with the performers, there isn't any probing and no topics are covered lest they want to discuss it themselves. So what we get is a very cheerful depiction of the industry from those who have been made comparatively rich and successful as a result of what they do. What you won't get is any idea of pressures, downsides, tragedies and so on, because these are not discussed or even really mentioned.A shame perhaps but also understandable since the film is not really about more than the celebrities being shown "out of character" as it were. In the end what this means is that the film is a sort of cheerful bit of access to porn stars for those with an intellectual interest in them beyond the nudity and sex. In this regard it doesn't totally work because it is all a bit superficial with no probing whatsoever, giving the performers an easy ride and the industry a chance for a bit of PR but it is still quite interesting if you can except it as such.
thedoctoroctopus Timothy Greenfield-Sanders wonderful new documentary, Thinking XXX, was made in conjunction with his new book and art exhibition, where he took two portraits of thirty porn stars, one naked and one clothed, both in the same pose. The portraits were published in a large coffee table size book with essays by pop critics to accompany the pictures. The documentary follows the portrait shoot, and allows the large cast of stars to talk about their experiences and thoughts on the industry. The stars talk from experience, while pop culture critics give their own views of the industry. If you have a negative view of the industry, you might have a change of heart after meeting the top stars of the industry. Moral traditionalists would have you believe the porn industry is a brutal, mob driven industry that attracts only the most anti-social individuals. Well, it certainly has a dark side, as one just has to look at the sad fates of Savannah, Bambi Woods, Shauna Grant, and Lisa Deleeuw. However, the stars featured in Thinking XXX prove it is an industry where an ambitious young person can find success, run a business and not wind up damaged. These people are well spoken, sincere, amiable, normal types who just happen to make a living having sex in front of a camera. Yet they have goals and ambitions just like anyone else. Thinking XXX is amazing in that it challenges our notions of glamor. It pierces the veil of an underground industry to show a silver lining in which these not quite celebrities come across as having more charisma than the biggest Hollywood stars. Thinking XXX has a diverse range of performers. The one common thread linking than seems to be that all his subjects are household names in the porn industry. The two stars who come off as the most interesting are Nina Hartley and Sharon Mitchell, who have some surprising things to say about the business. Hartley and Mitchell came into the business decades ago, and there was much more of a stigma attached to the industry. Mitchell went on to earn a PhD and now runs AIM, which is where adult stars routinely go for medical checkups. Many of today's stars come off markedly different than the older, more experienced performers. Two of today's hottest stars Sunrise Adams and Jesse Jane remark that since they grew up in a generation that was so well versed with porn, they viewed adult stars in the same light as they would a major Hollywood celebrity. That's typical for most people in their age bracket. Sunrise was so ecstatic to have done a sex scene with Jameson that she asked people to "smell her face" after her first scene! Jesse Jane does most of her interview naked in a pool. Even by porn standards, this woman just oozes sex and has a body that is almost beyond belief. It's worth mentioning that female stars compromise about 95% of the interview footage for the documentary. We learn from watching the documentary that porn used to be hard for women. For years the industry was run by men for men and so it was understandable that women would feel threatened by porn, but it seems that more and more these days it is an industry where women are coming out on top. Female porn stars are usually much more highly paid than the men and, at the top end of the market, really do call the shots. Female directors becoming more prevalent, and others even setting up their own companies to produce a more female friendly product. To further emphasize this point adult star Chloe is prominently featured. Her success shows how the industry is changing for the better. She is one of the pioneers of the last decade, when women began to direct porn. Chloe is not augmented with breasts implants; she is not blond. There is nothing false about her, which emphasizes the unmistakably authentic orgasms she has in her videos. Chloe is a small woman, nearly flat-chested; her ability to orgasm has made her one of the most famous porn stars in history. This is an incredibly important evolution in porn. Because she is so good at what she does, not because of what she looks like, she is a superstar If you want to take a feminist perspective, you would have to say that things have never looked better for the female adult stars after seeing Thinking XXX. Exploitation does still happen however, but this is no longer the norm. I feel that it is a mark of how society has progressed that women are no longer afraid to embrace their sexuality, and have a great many ways to do so. I find quality porn a turn on and feel that women all over the world also benefit from porn either by profiting from its sale or enjoying an improvement their sex lives, so why not seek to eliminate the bad parts rather than attack the industry as a whole? You can love it, or loathe it but there's no way to deny that in a time in which sex is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our society, the porn industry is influencing our culture just as much as any other form of media is, whether that may be the world of music, television, or film. It's worth mentioning that about the same time this documentary premiered on HBO, I saw in of all places a major grocery style chain an issue of FHM with Tera Patrick on the cover. Patrick was the first adult start to ever grace the cover of a mainstream men's magazine It instantly became their highest selling issue ever. I sincerely hope that FHM's decision to feature Patrick on the cover is only the beginning of mainstream America's embracing the performers shown in Thinking XXX as well as their fellow peers in the industry. They sure deserve it.
hijraalbadr This film, though not life altering, is fantastic. I mean, it's just an interesting, surprising look at the industry. If you give it a chance, I believe that there is a lot that some of these stars have to say about themselves, the world and the industry. It's not like every last one of these girls and guys are Ivy-League material, but the relative handful in this film as articulate and intelligent. If you're interested in the sex industry, from a sincere point of view, watch this. Totally worth a viewing, search it, find a way to see it, definitely an eye-opener.3 1/2 stars