Thinking about the "sizzle, not the steak"  

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1/2/2006 11:29 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Thinking about the "sizzle, not the steak"

David Friedman:

"When the industry went hard-core, I said this is going to be the end of a long and glorious business. Don't get me wrong. I didn't have any moral compunctions against hard-core. I just didn't like doing it for one basic reason: it was bad show business. The whole secret to exploitation and our successful little racket was the carnival tease: Boy, we didn't see it this week, but next week they're going to show it to us. With hard-core, they give away the third act the minute the curtain is raised; and after you've seen the guy ejaculate and the girl fellate him, what else can you do? In addition, X-rated video put the X-rated theaters out of business. There are practically none left. So, those two things together killed the market for my type of film–which sells the sizzle and not the steak. Hard-core sells the steak."

And now that there's digital distribution of hard-core over the Internet, there's not much left for X-rated video, even, not in the brick-and-mortar sense. We have to get back to selling the sizzle.

I saw this Wendy Whoppers video, I didn't catch the name. The thing that struck me instantly was that there was so much tease and foreplay in it. I like that. Even though I don't find Wendy Whoppers that attractive usually, she became more attractive by being sensual and not just slutty. Once the guy's ramming up into her, it's much less interesting of course, because the point of view seems to change so sharply. The foreplay and the woman on top scenario seems to be from the point of view of the woman, while the penetration and such is clearly masculine, and thus boring to me. I guess I'll never join the men's club...bummer.

Generalization: close-ups of faces are more feminine in approach than cum-shots. Women want more emotion and personal expression. Guys are, well, guys, and are into gonzo. Bleh. This film has to include some emotion, something for the satire to play against.

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