Gonzo Porn

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November 7, 2005

It's not the name of a Muppet and it's not even a genre or niche for that matter.

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I happened upon a question from a porn surfer asking my opinion on gonzo porn. It was suggested that gonzo is the new best thing, and forward-moving in the greater context of adult entertainment. However, in thinking about it, I'm not certain that it's any different than much of what I see on the Internet or that I have rented at the video store. At the time when the first gonzo film appeared, it was indeed avant-garde in the porn industry and I think John Stagliano has proven time and again that he has had a major hand in changing the face of adult entertainment.

There are a couple of different schools of thought on what constitutes gonzo. Some have the impression that the action is more often than not violent and impersonal like Max Hardcore, or others see it more inline with sites like Ass Traffic, and still others merely label it a genre of porn. I would suggest that gonzo is a style of porn and not one particular niche or even a genre because, quite frankly, I don't see any discernable conventions. After all, the term gonzo originates from a certain personal style of journalism most often affiliated with Hunter S. Thompson.

So what is gonzo, really? It has always been my impression that it was the equivalent of a hard fuck in a back alley with the cheapest production values and documenting the cameraman's point of view. Many would immediately suggest that gonzo is totally plotless, however pov is always subjective, intimate and personal in my opinion, therefore it does, in essence, tell a story even if minimally. For example, guy picks up chick, they fuck and cum. It seems pretty beginning, middle, climax and end to me.

Still, some might disagree, and with that thought I'll refer to gonzo porn's inventor, John Stagliano in a 2002 interview:

"That is what Buttman became, no scripts, just loosely tying the scenes together for fun and shooting the best sex we could... People who say that gonzo has no story aren't looking at my movies. They aren't looking at what I slaved over editing the beginnings of these scenes. I try to build up anticipation and eroticism to start a scene... most of my Buttman scenes start outside, or there is something weird going on. That is a story. It's not a conventional story, it's not people saying lines from a script, but it is a story."

I suppose that should end the argument of whether or not gonzo has a plot at least, or perhaps it's just the beginning of a greater gonzo argument?

Posted by sloth at November 7, 2005 1:58 AM

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