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"Deep Throat" Director Died

Posted: November 12th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Gerard Damiano, director of the pioneering pornographic film "Deep Throat," died October 25th in Fort Myers, Florida. He was 80 and is survived by his son and daughter. He had suffered a stroke in September.

"He was a filmmaker and an artist and we thought of him as such," said his son Gerard Damiano Jr. "Even though we weren't allowed to see his movies, we knew he was a moviemaker, and we were proud of that."

Damian's "Deep Throat" was a mainstream box-office success and helped launch the modern hardcore adult-entertainment industry. Shot in six days for just $25,000, the 1972 movie became a cultural must-see for Americans who had just lived through the sexual liberation of the 1960s.

Born in New York, Damiano worked as a hairdresser, spent time in the Navy and directed several adult films. His son said that he would often accompany his father on film sets as a child, but would be ushered out during "nitty-gritty" scenes. "We weren't allowed to see certain parts of it," he said. "But my parents always felt that it was nothing to be ashamed of, what he did."

After "Deep Throat" opened in Times Square, attention from media critics and outraged conservatives including repeated legal challenges helped turn it into a hit. "My father never dreamed that it would get that kind of attention," said the son.

But despite the attention, the son said the film was not his father's favorite. "He was fond of it for what it was, but in terms of filmmaking, he would never call it a great film," he said.

Source: Variety


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