Is it Porn or Is It Art? It’s Hard to Tell

By: Val Williams
People have probably been arguing over the difference between porn and art since the first caveman drew the first naked cavewoman on a wall, and we're no closer to settling the question than we have ever been. But Potter Stewart notwithstanding, most people aren't any more qualified to judge the difference than they are to drive a nuclear submarine, so we here at Gamelink are willing to just look at the lighting and call it art. At least some people are trying, right? So here are five porn movies that we think pass the Roth test, if not the Hicklin.
  • Art (Metart)

    1. Art (Metart)

    Studio: Metart

    MetArt's whole aesthetic is about clean simplicity, beauty isolated in the frame so you can concentrate on nothing but the forms in front of you. The settings are spare, often consisting of nothing but brilliant white backgrounds and furniture, and the girls are gorgeous. This one in particular features Alexa Tomas, Brandy Smile, Hanna Sweet, Kiara Lord, and Lexi Dona in four luscious scenes of lesbian bliss.

    Buy: Art (Metart)

  • The Fashionistas

    2. The Fashionistas

    Studio: Evil Angel

    The Fashionistas might be the most lush, elaborate porn movie ever made. The costuming, music, lighting and camerawork combine to make it one of the most atmospheric, beautiful titles ever produced, with a dark, alluring mood throughout that's effortlessly maintained in every aspect. Verging on BDSM fantasy, the performances are intense, the fetishes are right out in front, and the sex is both lavish and plentiful. No porn movie ever throbbed with elegant kink more than this.

    Buy: The Fashionistas

  • Soloerotica #3 - The Girls of Innocence

    3. Soloerotica #3 - The Girls of Innocence

    Studio: Ninn Worx

    If any director in porn ever built himself a reputation for gorgeous movies, it's Michael Ninn. He has made a career out of slick, stylish porn, and it has resulted in a raft of awards and a lasting place in porn history. It's hard to pick one of his movies, since they're all beautiful and they all bear the same hallmark of elegance and style, but this one is a particular favorite. Clean, lean, and focused, Soloerotica 3 is stripped down and sleek, with a full twenty solo masturbation performances.

    Buy: Soloerotica #3 - The Girls of Innocence

  • Michael Ninn's Catherine

    4. Michael Ninn's Catherine

    Studio: Ninn Worx

    Another Ninn joint, this one utilizes the ethereal beauty of Audrey Hollander and an award-winning art direction effort to create an otherworldly - one might even say weird, in the ancient sense of unnerving witchery - experience. The boxcover copy exhorts us to "Imagine a place where time has but the barest of relevance [where] concepts such as "past" and "present" hold a meaningless position and remembering what was, or imagining what will be, become intellectual exercises at best." While you may not be quite so bewildered as that makes it sound, you will look at this movie and think that someone put a lot of effort into making it look extraordinary.

    Buy: Michael Ninn's Catherine

  • Dita - High on Heels

    5. Dita - High on Heels

    Studio: Marquis

    Burlesque Superheroine Dita von Teese is one of the few women who have managed to have a mainstream fashion career that wasn't damaged at all by her softcore porn career, and we can only sit back and be thankful. Dita, the pinup-style model who revitalized burlesque in America and did some time married to Marilyn Manson, has successfully straddled the line between tease and hardcore for years, and has appeared in fashion-themed fetish titles from directors like Andrew lake and studios like marquis and Gwen Media.

    Buy: Dita - High on Heels

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