This introductory chapter discusses the controversy that surrounded the movie Deep Throat, a notorious pornographic film made in the early 1970s. The chapter also highlights the true purpose of the book, which is to investigate debates over controversial films, beginning almost immediately after World War II and primarily flourishing in one city: New York. It is stated that New York has been the largest market for every type of film and, as a result, was a place in which moviegoing often became a public act of defiance against cultural authority.
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