FBI tried in vain to stop Deep Throat film

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When the FBI investigated the landmark 1972 porno movie “Deep Throat,” the case touched the highest levels of the FBI, even its second-in-command W. Mark Felt, the shadowy Watergate informant whose Deep Throat alias was taken from the movie’s title.

The FBI documents newly released to The Associated Press reveal the bureau’s sprawling and ultimately vain attempt to stop the spread of a movie some saw as the victory of a cultural and sexual revolution and others saw as simply decadent. Agents seized copies of the movie, had negatives analyzed in labs and interviewed everyone from actors and producers to messengers who delivered reels to theaters.

The story of Deep Throat, is the story of the last gasp of the forces lined up against the cultural and sexual revolution and it is the advent of the entry of pornography into the mainstream.

On various entries in the file, a checklist of top FBI brass appears in the top right corner, with initials next to some names. One of those listed is W. Mark Felt, the FBI second-in-command whose Deep Throat alias as a Watergate informant came from the movie’s title. None of the markings indicate he read any of the materials on the movie whose name became synonymous with his role in bringing down Richard Nixon’s presidency. However, former FBI agents interviewed by the AP after the documents were released said Felt almost certainly would have been aware of the huge investigation.

While much of the probe centered in New York, where many involved in the film lived, and Miami, where it was largely shot, agents from Honolulu to Detroit were involved. Aside from investigative records tracking subpoenas, interviews, screenings and shipments of the film, the Damiano file includes various FBI agents’ play-by-play accounts of the movie’s plot, and the specific role of Damiano in the agency’s investigation.

Among the areas of the case file whited out is an interview with the star of the film, who at the time went by the name Linda Lovelace. Deep Throat achieved fame unlike any pornographic film in history and become 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.

Authorities have long said the movie was made with mafia money  and the FBI has linked the mob with porn over the years  but the file includes no mention of mob links.

One Response to “FBI tried in vain to stop Deep Throat film”

  1. Adult Movie Says:

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