Screwed: Al Goldstein's Kingdom Of Porn

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Documentary

This unfocused, low-tech portrait of pioneering pornographer Al Goldstein, founder of the defiantly raunchy Screw magazine, doesn't tell you anything you couldn't learn by watching a couple of installments of his cable show, Midnight Blue. Goldstein -- a veteran self-aggrandizer with a chip on his shoulder the size of his native Brooklyn -- occupies center...read more

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This unfocused, low-tech portrait of pioneering pornographer Al Goldstein, founder of the defiantly raunchy Screw magazine, doesn't tell you anything you couldn't learn by watching a couple of installments of his cable show, Midnight Blue. Goldstein -- a

veteran self-aggrandizer with a chip on his shoulder the size of his native Brooklyn -- occupies center stage, but director Alexander Crawford casts a wider net and hauls in all the bottom-feeders. He questions a pathetic assortment of sex-industry patrons (no porn-hater could have chosen

them better), gives too much screen time to the rantings of Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa -- who appears to believe that Goldstein is single-handedly responsible for the decline of Western civilization -- and chats with Screw employees, one of whom is interviewed while his dominatrix

fiancee stitches his flesh into a sort of S&M cat's cradle. Goldstein himself rants, boasts and grandstands: "I am an outlaw," he says sorrowfully. "I am hated by the government." That may well be; What he's not is terrifically interesting.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This unfocused, low-tech portrait of pioneering pornographer Al Goldstein, founder of the defiantly raunchy Screw magazine, doesn't tell you anything you couldn't learn by watching a couple of installments of his cable show, Midnight Blue. Goldstein -- a… (more)

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