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Thursday, January 20, 2005

If There Had Been No "Deep Throat," Would Watergate Have Been Just a Third-Rate Burglary?

PARK CITY, UTAH -- To be quite honest, I thought what they were saying to me was, "Do you want to jog while you're at Sundance?"

So this is how it happens. You're going along, living your life --reasonably happy, although, OK, yes, absolutely, you wish you'd sold that AOL stock back when there was such a thing as AOL stock -- and then one day, bang, you're a blogger.

I never meant for it to come to this, a stream of consciousness -- warmed in electronic "hot spots" -- dispatched daily like a letter from movie camp. And yet, here I am, blogging about three miles a day at the Sundance Film Festival.

I have been instructed (by the same people who gave me this fershlugginer laptop computer to drag around everywhere I go) to blog whenever I see hot spots. Fine. This is my quest. Between the 20 or so screenings I hope to attend over the coming week, between the interviews with neophyte filmmakers, between the fabulous private parties to which I am currently trying to scam invitations, I will be touring the hot spots of Park City, Utah, with you, my loyal readers, at my side. This is my pledge -- to both of you.

Tonight there are parties for two movies having their world premieres -- the eagerly anticipated documentary "Inside Deep Throat" and writer-director Ira Sachs' domestic drama "Forty Shades of Blue" -- and both parties begin at 11 o'clock. Perhaps a choice like this cries out for some sort of online interactive reader's poll to decide which party I should attend.

Uh, yeah.

In addition to telling the story of the dirty movie that made porn what it is today -- a segment of the film industry that will far outgross all of the charming little indie pictures here, in every sense of outgrossing -- "Inside Deep Throat" offers social commentary from Norman Mailer and John Waters. Better still, "Deep Throat" star Harry Reems is expected to attend the party. Reams apparently found God after getting out of the porn business, and now sells real estate in Park City -- a religion unto itself here.

I predict the "Inside Deep Throat" party's goodie bag will be among the festival's most highly coveted swag. And I'll be there, in full throat.

1 Comments:

Blogger Howard said...

I can't believe there were no goodie bags. What a rich opportunity - missed.
Question - how does Sundance get around the liquor ban? Is it considered a club & everyone gets issued passes? (Allison, posing as Howard)

January 22, 2005 at 10:46 AM  

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