|Ordinary people: Georgina Spelvin as the star of The Devil in Miss Jones.|
Is the ability to sexually arouse the spectator a pre-condition of pornography? It’s a question I began thinking about while watching Behind the Green Door, which I found fascinating but largely un-sexy. The Devil in Miss Jones (dir. Gerard Damiano, 1973) provoked much the same response for me. It may be, of course, that the mostly hetero sex in both of these films isn’t much to my taste. But I’d like to propose that the popularity and success of a film like The Devil in Miss Jones does not rest solely on its power to get audiences off. In his attempt to integrate elements of narrative cinema into his hard-core sex films, Damiano seems to have made a film in which sexual arousal comes to feel beside the point.