Save an extra 10% on any order. Use coupon code "TODAY10" at checkout.

A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES

Directed by Wiktor Ericsson
  • Sweden / 
  • 2013 / 
  • English / 
  • 80 min
TRAILER
A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES DVD & Online Streaming
Member Pricing
DVD $14.95 $11.95
Stream $2.99
Non-Member Pricing
DVD $24.95 $19.95
Stream $3.99
"A sweet and illuminating journey into cult cinema history..."
– Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
"Strange, passionate [and] intensely creative!"
– Tom Huddleston, TimeOut London

Synopsis

A Life in Dirty Movies is a love story about legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno, "the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street," and his loyal wife and collaborator Peggy. The film follows the Sarnos for a year, as 88-year old Joe struggles to get a new film project off the ground - a female-centric softcore film that harkens back to the style of his heyday as a filmmaker in the 1960s. As audiences tag along for the eventful and often hilarious journey between wintery Manhattan and the couple's summer retreat in Sweden, the film's intimate perspective reveals a filmmaker on the verge of being rediscovered in his golden years. Intercut is a look back to the evolution of softcore films seen as racy in their day into unmistakable hardcore porn that all but put Sarno and his artform out of business. The film chronicles Sarno's significant place in film history as an erotic "auteur," whose ambitions as a filmmaker often surpassed the needs of the genre he helped define. A Life in Dirty Movies is a clever and sincere portrait of a unique couple who follow their passion in life - onscreen and off.

Write a review »

Customer Reviews


JeffinSeattle - Customer Review
Interesting documentary of a filmmaker that I didn't know about, Joe Sarno. He's considered the Ingmar Bergman of sex exploitation film? Got my attention! Unlike most sex exploitation films, Sarno's films are female-centric. This makes me want to check out his films.

Photos

Click photo to enlarge. Then copy as you would any online image.
A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES Movie Photo
Joe and Peggy Sarno
A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES Movie Photo
Joe and Peggy Sarno in Central Park
A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES Movie Photo
Joe Sarno in his childhood home
A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES Movie Photo
Joe Sarno on set
A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES Movie Photo
Joe and Peggy Sarno in Sweden
A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES Movie Photo
A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES - Official US Poster
HER NAME IS SABINE
Directed by Sandrine Bonnaire
YEAR 5 FILM 11
An intelligent, moving and beautiful portrait of Sabine, a 38-year-old autistic woman, filmed by her sister, the famous French actress Sandrine Bonnaire. Through personal footage filmed over a period of 25 years, it is revealed that Sabine's growth and many talents were crushed by improper diagnosis and an inadequate care structure. After a tragic five-year stay in a psychiatric hospital, Sabine finally finds a new lease on life in a home together with other young people living with similar mental and emotional illnesses. This very intimate film also sends an urgent message to a society that still does not know how to properly take care of its citizens with physical and psychological disabilities.
MORE INFO »
ARRANGED
Directed by Diane Crespo and Stefan Schaefer
YEAR 5 FILM 12
Rochel is an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira a Muslim of Syrian origin. They are both beautiful young teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. They also have something else in common - they are going through the process of getting "arranged marriages" through their respective religious and traditional customs. With both family pressure on the one hand, and the rejection of traditional values by the outside world on the other, Rochel and Nasira will have to rely on each other and their friendship to pull through this difficult time of their lives, striving to be strong women in charge of their own happiness, while keeping their deep religious and cultural convictions.
MORE INFO »
HITLER'S CHILDREN
Directed by Chanoch Ze'evi
Adolf Hitler did not have children, but what of the families of Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler and Hans Frank, to name a few? What is it like for the descendants of these top Nazi officials to deal with the legacy left behind by their notorious families? HITLER'S CHILDREN introduces us to the children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews of these infamous men. Among them Niklas Frank, son of Hans Frank and godson of Hitler, who despises his father's past so much that he has spent his entire adult life researching and writing negatively about him, often touring around Germany to lecture against his father and the Nazi regime. And Bettina Göring, the great-niece of Hitler's second in command, Hermann Göring, who lives in voluntary exile in Santa Fe, NM and together with her brother decided to get sterilized so as to not pass on the Göring name or blood. These, and many others, discuss how they have coped with the fact that their last name alone immediately raises images of murder and genocide; and how they have reached a balance between the natural admiration and affection children feel towards their parents, and their innate revulsion of their crimes. Some have been more successful than others at achieving that balance, but each bares, for the first time, the scars that their legacy has left them.
MORE INFO »
THE IRAN JOB
Directed by Till Schauder
YEAR 11 FILM 6
When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in one of the world's most feared countries - Iran - he expects the worst. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality. With a charismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikely friendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strong opinions on everything, from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin's season in Iran eventually culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran's reformist Green Movement - a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes currently unfolding across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.
MORE INFO »
2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS
Directed by Sébastien Betbeder
YEAR 12 FILM 1
Arman is 33 and ready to make a change, starting with a run in the park. When he literally bumps into Amélie - slightly cynical but nevertheless lovely - on the jogging path, he's dead-set on making a connection with her. As a bit of contrived fate brings them together, Arman's best friend Benjamin suffers an unexpected stroke, relegating him to the hospital for weeks where he falls for his doting young physical therapist. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, Arman, Amélie and Benjamin share the incidental moments, unexpected accidents, unconventional love stories and unforgettable memories that will define who they are.
MORE INFO »