Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Documentary about stag films
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Year: 2006
Duration: 70 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Benjamin Meade
Writer: Hammad Zaidi
Starring: Adam Carolla, Tommy Chong, Melvin Van Peebles, Barbara Hammer, Bill Gladden, Daniel Gluck, Chris Gore, Dotty Hamilton, Sarah Jacobs, Rupert Jee, Lexi Lamour, Tom Mykins, Rusty Nails, Vance Reed, David J. Skal, Joseph Slade, Roy ‘Sully’ Sullivan, Mike Viola, Delmar Watson, Ralph Whittington, Linda Williams

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American Stag

From the birth of cinema through the 1960s in the United States, most pornographic films were brief, black and white, anonymously produced films known as ‘stag films’, ‘blue movies’, or ‘smokers,’ so called because of the smoke-filled rooms where men would gather for private screenings. Initially shot on 35mm film, the advent of 16mm and 8mm consumer film stock allowed for production of about 1,000 of these films between 1915 and 1968.

This film examines the ‘stag’ film not as much for the subject matter or lack of production value, but as a metaphor and reflection of American popular culture. Featuring film footage from the largest private ‘stag’ film collection in North America, American Stag is an amazing study of a subterranean phenomena of cinema in the western world. Featuring interviews with Adam Carolla, Melvin Van Peebles, Tommy Chong, lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer, Linda Williams, Chris Gore, David Skal, and Rupert Jee. (CJ)