The history of porn movies: from the beginning to the present day

“Films for adults” appeared almost simultaneously with the advent of cinematography. To understand the development of the pornographic genre in cinema, it is enough to compare vintage porn films with films of the modern porn industry. Of course, at all times, the main place in adult films has been and still is – sex. But in comparison with the past, you can see how differently it was filmed in different periods of time. Learn the history of the Evolution of Porn: from the stone age to the present, you can in this article.

19th century – 10s: the first “masterpieces”
Just three years later, after the Lumière brothers shot their first film, the first “adult movie” was released in France – “Maria Falls to Sleep.” The film was only seven minutes long. An interesting fact – the famous inventor Thomas Edison is also involved in the emergence of “indecent porn films”. In 1886 he removed the short film “The Kiss”. Despite the fact that in this film, the actors did not go beyond a lingering kiss, but the public reacted with strong criticism. These films can be called the prelude to the full-fledged pornography that we know today.

The picture “In the Evening”, which was released in Germany in 1910, became a significant event in the porn industry. For the first time, viewers were able to see real sex and genitals, shot in close-up. The director could hardly even imagine that his work would become a classic of the genre and fall into the collection of the Kinsey Institute. The “pornographic” content of the films ranged from gentle erotica to lewd porn full-screen with pussies and cocks. The period of the late 19th and early 20th centuries can be called the time of testing the intimate genre of cinema.

In many countries, “adult films” have been banned from showing in cinemas. For example, the censorship reduced “The Kiss” from seven minutes to two minutes. But in spite of this, the world rental brought considerable profit thanks to the invention of single booths for “cinematics”.

20s: Typical Moral Plot
Public morality dictated its own rules for the development of porn in these years. Almost all scenarios of black and white porn films developed along the same plot. The focus was on “the leisure of married couples.” Since the soundtrack had not yet been invented, silent black and white porn films contained special explanatory sidebars.


30s: Great Depression
Directors began offering the public scenes of group sex, gay sex, and interracial sex. White men in front of the camera copulated with black women. The directors sought to find a new audience demand and increasingly begin to act out the most obscene scenes. As a rule, in films of these years it became difficult to trace the script of the film. The audience managed to get fed up with genitals in full screen. Now the operators are openly admiring the naked female body. The actors’ facial expressions became more lively and emotional. In these years, cinema opened not only the soundtrack, but also the possibilities of video editing. Porn films began to resemble a kaleidoscope of sex scenes. The porn of the 1930s is another “test period” in search of the boundaries of what is permitted. Mafia very quickly calculated the profitability of “adult cinema”. Clandestine laboratories appeared in which they copied films.

40s: World War II and the crisis of the porn industry
The development of the porn industry stalled with the outbreak of World War II. Busty beauties faded into the background. Less well-groomed women with small breasts began to appear on the screens. In a few films, there is a desire for realism. In the frame, a man with glasses often appears, who did not pass the medical commission into the army. Many girls wear stockings with a black seam, which became a fetish of the time.
In general, the intimate film industry of the 1940s did not show any new discoveries. But the demand for photographic albums and erotic postcards has grown. It was also the time of the first home porn – a small movie camera was quite affordable for the middle class, so some couples successfully filmed themselves and showed this porn video to their friends.

50s: the appearance of the first stars
People returned to a peaceful life. New attributes and all kinds of fetishes appeared in the porn films of that time. The audience rejoiced at the pleasures of the flesh, which in turn provoked the famous “baby boom”. It was during this period that the main trends of modern adult cinema were born. By the way, the first Playboy magazine was published in 1953.
The actresses appeared in seductive underwear, lace stockings and shoes with breathtakingly long stilettos. There is a fashion for depilation and haircut of intimate areas, pubis, pussy. Until this time, the porn actresses have received a line in the credits with their names. The first stars of intimate cinema and professional directors appeared. After the liberalization of legislation, specialized pornographic cinemas began to appear.

60s: legalization of porn and public acceptance
This decade is only remembered for the proliferation of home video. The society of this period became more liberated. The time of birth control pills and free love gave new sensations in real life. The first swing clubs appeared and the official diagnosis of “nymphomania” appeared. In 1962, the world’s first sex shop opened in Germany.

Porn movies have become costumed and with storylines. Events take place anywhere: in college, in a hospital, in the jungle, on a yacht in the open ocean. The genitals appear not only in close-up, but also from different angles. Group sex scenes are very popular. In 1962, an art picture of a Swedish film studio was released, in which real sex took place. It should be noted that this film was not filmed in an erotic genre. “Adult Cinema” has received public recognition. In 1969, Germany was the first to legalize this genre of cinematic art and gave the world a huge amount of pornography.

70s: the golden age of porn
In this decade, the world saw the legendary films “Deep Throat”, “Taxi Driver”, “Decameron” and many others. Pornstars are becoming immensely famous. The development of the sex cinema genre clashed with moralists. Loud scandals and lawsuits began in the world with accusations of obscenity.

The 70s are characterized by an unprecedented creative surge. Some directors presented porn films with an interesting plot and long dialogues. Most of the films were filmed under the slogan “everywhere and with everyone.” Sex is done by nuns and teachers, rescuers and drowning people. Plumbers and housewives have become classics of the genre. “Deep Throat” still enjoys audience success. Bed balancing act demonstrates unprecedented poses, using almost the entire arsenal of poses of their Kama Sutra. And unlimited tools for self-satisfaction: toys, didlo, vibrators and much more, can surprise even the most sophisticated modern viewers.

80s: the pornstar factory or idol time
During this decade, the history of “adult cinema” developed within the framework of established clichés. Busty blondes with lush hair and a rounded open mouth conquered porn Olympus. Ginger Lynn has become a trendsetter in intimate fashion. Young actresses entered the porn industry and began to boldly use silicone to enhance their attractiveness.


Now in films, sex begins to occupy almost the entire script, there are few dialogues, mostly hard fucking. Particularly popular are group passions, where everyone simultaneously strives to satisfy each other. Close-ups shoot not only genitals, dicks, assholes, pussies, but also male ejaculation, which almost always cums on the face of the actress. Actors begin to use local anesthesia for filming the most dynamic scenes: deep and hard ass fucking with a big dick, double penetration in the ass and pussy, multiple cocks in the pussy or ass. The intertwining of bodies and stamina of porn actors can surprise even athletes.

90s: respectability and popularity
A novelty of the genre – erotic parodies of popular films. Porn writers have created parodies of such famous Hollywood films as: “The Terminator”, “Star Wars”, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. Otherwise, there have been no significant changes. It’s all the same familiar from the 80s – sophisticated hardcore porn. The scenery, costumes, fetishes change, but the dynamics set by nature itself remains unchanged.
Pornography has become respectable and prestigious. The press covers details of the personal lives and careers of famous porn stars. Porn has its own award – the AVN Awards, which is called the “porn Oscar”. It has very interesting nominations: “best blowjob”, “best anal sex” and other elements of the genre.

Nowadays
The modern porn industry has overtaken Sodom and Gomorrah. Thanks to the development of the Internet, almost every netizen can get unlimited access to porn to satisfy their any sexual fantasies. Porn sites are breaking attendance records. In our time, porn still fulfills its most important task – it excites and satisfies the viewer. The only difference between today’s “adult films” is their universal availability.

Summing up, we conclude that viewers of all times, always and everywhere liked to watch sex porn movies, and most importantly, viewing pornography will always continue to like it. Sex refers to the basic physiological needs of a person, such as breathing, food, thirst, sleep, rest, procreation, housing. The only thing that will change, and this will most likely happen in the very near future, is the delivery of content to the viewer. Now virtual and augmented reality technologies are developing very rapidly. VR / AR helmets are already being used to immerse themselves in virtual sex, but this is not yet a widespread phenomenon. But very soon it may become a real global trend and in the pursuit of even more acute sexual sensations, viewers will everywhere use this technology to satisfy their sexual needs.

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