Take, for instance, the film that was chosen to screen in the festival’s biggest theater at the end of the first day: “Inside ‘Deep Throat’ ” is a spry and engaging documentary about the making of the notorious 1972 porn film that became a rallying cry for both censors and free-speech advocates. Though directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) keep the film consistently amusing, it’s inevitably filled with the very images that so polarized the chattering classes 33 years ago. It’s being released later this year by Universal Pictures despite an NC-17 rating. It went over gangbusters with the audience.
NC-17, anyone? Sundance openers cut loose Utah’s film festival floods its screens with nudity and explicit sex, with “Inside Deep Throat” a big feature screams The Oregonian‘s wordy headline, surely inviting the Christian right to have its say without even reading the article.