Your tax dollars at work

Newly released FBI files show agents across the country and at the highest level of the agency investigated "Deep Throat" -- the 1972 porn movie, not the shadowy Watergate figure -- in a vain attempt to roll back what became a cultural shift toward more permissive entertainment.


The documents released to The Associated Press show the expanse of agents' investigation into the film: seizing copies of the movie, having negatives analyzed in labs and interviewing everyone from actors and producers to messengers who delivered reels to theaters.


All of it in a failed attempt to stop the spread of a movie that some saw as the victory of a cultural and sexual revolution and others saw as simply decadent.


"Deep Throat" achieved fame unlike any pornographic film in history and became the most widely known adult film to reach a general audience. It was hugely profitable -- made for about $25,000 and amassing hundreds of millions in receipts -- and became a cultural buzzword.


Officials at every level of government tried to stop screenings and obscenity trials continued for years. But in the end, experts say, it represents the end of an era in which the government sought to stop the changing cultural tides.


{;-) Dan in Miami


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