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A Life in Dirty Movies

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Wiktor Ericsson

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About the Movie

The film follows the Sarnos for a year, as 88-year old Joseph is struggling to get a new film project off the ground, a female-centered softcore film in his old style. Following in Joseph and Peggy’s footsteps we are taken on an exciting and often hilarious journey, between a wintery Manhattan and the couple’s summer retreat in Sweden. This is intercut with a look back on the dramatic events that shaped Joseph and Peggy’s lives, and through their very personal story we chronicle how sexploitation evolved in to hardcore, and Joseph’s significant place in this history as an erotic "auteur" whose ambitions as a filmmaker often surpassed the needs of the genre he was working in.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Wiktor Ericsson's "A Life in Dirty Movies" outlines this filmmaker's work reasonably well, but, somewhat surprisingly, truly hits home with a heartwarming look at Mr. Sarno's relationship with his wife, Peggy. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Sep 18, 2014

Fresh: A Life in Dirty Movies is a celebration of an unusual talent, but also an elegy for an unfulfilled life. – Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 16, 2014

Fresh: Instead of over-glorifying their shared past, Ericsson pays loving tribute to what remains of his subjects' relationship. – Simon Abrams, Village Voice, Sep 16, 2014

Fresh: This is worthwhile simply as an introduction to Sarno's work, but it also presents a touching portrait of the 89-year-old artist and his wife, Peggy Steffans, who appeared in his films all those years ago and remains his biggest fan and tenderest friend. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Sep 15, 2014

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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