Before The Good Place , we had The Devil in Miss Jones , which similarly took a skewed and satirical look at the grotesque absurdities in traditional western Christian views of the afterlife and eternal punishment. The Devil in Miss Jones is a movie that only could have happened during the porno chic era of s America. My dear naive reader, porno chic is a very weird bubble in American cinematic history when hardcore porn aimed for more than flimsy excuses for sex in lieu of plots or half-baked parodies of popular films, and in turn they were released in mainstream theaters and got serious attention from film critics. Ebert thought slasher movies spelled the end of Western civilization, but gave the thumbs up to a movie where a good chunk of the second act involves a woman learning about the joys of oral sex. Go figure.
The Devil in Miss Jones
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Image via Wikimedia Commons , public domain. Although many of the people involved in making and exhibiting The Devil in Miss Jones were arrested, tried, and sometimes convicted of violating federal, state, and local obscenity laws, their convictions were overturned on appeal and the obscenity statutes they were tried under were declared invalid on free speech grounds. But Reems, like the others who were prosecuted by Parrish, had their convictions overturned on appeal. The Devil in Miss Jones spawned numerous sequels, none of which was as popular or critically acclaimed as the original—and none of which appears to have provoked obscenity suits. This article was originally published in Artemus Ward is professor of political science faculty associate at the college of law at Northern Illinois University. Ward received his Ph.
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I sometimes find myself the advocate of what might be called a generic theory of film criticism. That's to say I think movies should be judged, in part, in terms of the. A handful of movies rise above their genres: " Bonnie and Clyde " is no gangster film, for example, and " Stagecoach " is more than a Western.
VCX claims a copyright; rival distributor Arrow Productions distributed unauthorized copies of the film for a time before , when as part of a mutual truce between the companies Arrow agreed to accept VCX's copyright claim in exchange for not challenging Arrow's copyright claim on Deep Throat. Justine Jones, a lonely and depressed spinster , decides that suicide is the only way out of her routinely dull existence. The angel Abaca John Clemens informs Jones that although she has lived a "pure" life, her suicide has disqualified her from entering Heaven , and she must spend eternity in Limbo.