Pornographic films , or sex films , are films that present sexually explicit subject matter in order to arouse and satisfy the viewer. Pornographic films present sexual fantasies and usually include erotically stimulating material such as nudity and sexual intercourse. A distinction is sometimes made between "erotic" films and "pornographic" films on the basis that the latter contain more explicit sexuality , and focus more on arousal than storytelling, but the distinction is highly subjective. Pornographic films are produced and distributed on a variety of media, depending on demand and the technology available, including traditional film stock in various formats, video for home viewing, DVDs , Internet download, cable TV and other media. Today, pornographic films can be sold or rented on DVD, shown through Internet streaming and special channels and pay-per-view on cable and satellite, and in rapidly disappearing adult theaters.
Their work was part of a long lineage of stag films, 8mm home movies, mondo and nudist documentaries, and filmed stripteases exhibited to select audiences of men via cinema clubs or on private reels. Often produced on zero budget and distributed through a network of magazine subscriptions and black market retailers, these motion pictures were mostly disposed of or forgotten in short order. Their duration spans from the late 19th century to the advent of home video, often seen as signalling the death of the softcore genre. I think this has always been reflected in the way we have produced our erotic or sex cinema here.
Young aspiring starlets or contest winners, who felt that Hollywood would be a perfect place for them to be discovered, journeyed there - often ending up stranded and needing assistance to return home, and finding their dreams shattered. Some desperate girls became either high-class whores or resorted to appearing in various stag films to avoid going hungry. The earliest known adult films first began to appear in France in the early part of the century, and then began to flourish in the 's.
The history of erotic depictions includes paintings , sculpture , photographs , dramatic arts , music and writings that show scenes of a sexual nature throughout time. They have been created by nearly every civilization, ancient and modern. Early cultures often associated the sexual act with supernatural forces and thus their religion is intertwined with such depictions.