When, and what, was the first porno?

Seeing clips of some bizarre (and hilarious) 70’s pornos had me wondering…when, and what, was the first commercial pornographic film? The first film to show complete sexual acts, not just nudity of simulated sex.

I just have to wonder–considering how much more conservative American society was 50 years ago, were pornos around?

hmm i dont know about the usa but i can remember seeing a french 1911 porn movie on the tv

I can’t give you an exact name, but I can give you a bit of history.

In the fifties, the production code (an set of standards that severely restricted content) prevented any commercial pornography. Films with pornographic elements could not get distribution or exhibition. There were always pornographic films flouting around shown at “stag” parties and the like, but those were always underground, non-commercial efforts.

Commerical pornographic cinema as we know it came about with the rating system. The production code got scrapped, and the rating system was quickly put in it’s place. The rating system, unlike the production code, had a place for adult oriented content (the “X” rating). Under the production code, you simply could not have a commercial pornographic film. Under the rating system, you could have one and have it rated “X”.

The “X” rating, unlike all of the other ratings, was not copyrighted, so it could be self-applied without going through the whole ratings process. “XXX” was the same deal, and usually was self-applied by people who wanted it known that their film was full on pornographic, not merely adult oriented. At a later point the “X” rating was replaced by “NC-17” because the stigma attached to “X” was hurting films in the box office.

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1908

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