"Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again." (E.M. Cioran)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Lasse Braun - 'The King of Porn' - is such a yawn


Just saw a nostalgic TV documentary on this guy and, personally, I find it hard to see the tired old '60s and '70s porn scene as looking particularly sexy, despite the hardcore action, fun outfits and hilarity factor. It all somehow looks too silly and unconvincing and the actors seem wooden and reluctant - kind of lame. Or is it just that it's 'retro'? I guess there's more of a sincerity of intent - or, at least, a 'passion for the subject' and lack of irony - in the pioneering porn scene - a sort of quaint naivety (despite the corruption) - as well as the DIY, generally libertarian approach - ie not slickly and cynically corporatised. Lasse Braun certainly made a hell of a lot of money out of it at any rate.

But despite his experience and talents, let's face it. Guys like Lasse are just trying to get as much pussy as they possibly can and don't care to ask themselves why because they're sexual hedonists (and, probably, control freaks!). Sure, you can't blame him for that, but unfortunately the women hanging around the sleaze industry generally don't get off quite so unscathed and it doesn't help them to lay around - as they do in this doco - in provocative poses, dressed as strippers, whilst trying hard to give the impression that they're so into the self-empowerment of it all.

Intriguing, but generally unattractive.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm interesting.

I saw the old 70s "Emmanuelle" films as a teenager with my brothers and still have fond memories of them. They're almost innocent when I think of them now. But still, porn is porn. For teens its exciting - then it gets more nasty when you get older and more jaded and if you persist with it. That's my opinion anyway :)

TyrannaFoe said...

I know what you mean about those films seeming almost 'innocent' these days. I think that's probably why there's such a nostalgia for them. And yes, that stuff is exciting when you're a teen. For me, however, they didn't get particularly nastier or anything as I've grown up. They're more just, well, boring. Maybe I am jaded.