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The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies

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Sweden · 2013
1h 18m
Director Wiktor Ericsson
Starring Joseph W. Sarno, Peggy Steffans, John Waters, Annie Sprinkle
Genre Documentary

A love story about the legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno and his wife and business partner, Peggy. The film explains their role in the history of sex film, their transatlantic lifestyle based in both New York and Sweden, and their struggle to produce one last erotic film at the end of their careers.

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Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

Wiktor Ericsson emphasizes one of the strongest and most distinctive features of Joseph Sarno's aesthetic: his concentration on female pleasure.


The New York Times by Nicolas Rapold

Wiktor Ericsson’s A Life in Dirty Movies outlines this filmmaker’s work reasonably well, but, somewhat surprisingly, truly hits home with a heartwarming look at Mr. Sarno’s relationship with his wife, Peggy.


The Dissolve by Noel Murray

The material about the modern-day Peggy and Joe is incredibly sweet... But A Life In Dirty Movies is also fascinating just as a document of changing cultural mores.

75 by Odie Henderson

If A Life in Dirty Movies had a tagline, it would be “Come for the sex, stay for the love story.” It’s a deeper, more rewarding experience than its title suggests.


Village Voice by Simon Abrams

Instead of over-glorifying their shared past, Ericsson pays loving tribute to what remains of his subjects' relationship.


The Hollywood Reporter by Stephen Dalton

A Life in Dirty Movies is still a sweet and illuminating journey into cult cinema history, but it would have been more honest and psychologically rich if it had shown us the money shot.

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