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9 to 5: Days In Porn

A more balanced view of the adult-film industry than most, neither a lurid expose nor a portrait of individual personalities.

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With: Otto Bauer, Belladonna, Roxi Devill, Sasha Grey, Tom Herold, Audrey Hollander, Katja Kassin, Sharon Mitchell, Jim Powers, Mia Rose, Julie Silver, Mark Spiegler, John Stagliano.

German-produced docu “9 to 5,” about the San Fernando Valley’s “Hollywood of porn,” impresses as a more balanced view of the adult-film industry than most, neither a lurid expose nor a portrait of individual personalities. Instead, it follows a dozen-plus folks who make their living on- or offscreen from a biz purportedly grossing some $12.7 billion annually (so much for porn being outside the consumer mainstream). The result is nonexploitative and intriguing, if overlong. Content might be too graphic for most arthouses, but U.S. cable, Eurotube and DVD sales are likely.

Principal subjects include spousal team Otto Bauer and Audrey Hollander; Mark Spiegler, a seemingly sleazy agent who duly looks out for the best interests of his “girls”; veteran producer John Stagliano; current star Belladonna; aspiring star Sasha Grey; “golden age” legend-turned-industry-watchdog Sharon Mitchell. While there’s plenty of explicit stuff, the emphasis is on the often physically and psychologically wearying routine of it all. Several figures stress they’re happy with their chosen profession, yet appear annoyed, anxious or otherwise uneasy much of the time. Interest fades after 90 minutes as the understructured pic grows repetitious. Tech aspects are acceptable.

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9 to 5: Days In Porn

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Production: A Casa Bonita presentation of an F24 production. (International sales: Media Luna Entertainment, Cologne.) Produced by Cleonice Comino. Executive producer, Comino. Directed, written by Jens Hoffmann.

Crew: Camera (color, Super 16-to-DigiBeta), Hoffmann; editors, Christopher Klotz, Kai Schroter; music, Alex McGowan, Michael Meinl. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (Documentaries of the World), Aug. 24, 2008. English dialogue. Running time: 116 MIN.

With: With: Otto Bauer, Belladonna, Roxi Devill, Sasha Grey, Tom Herold, Audrey Hollander, Katja Kassin, Sharon Mitchell, Jim Powers, Mia Rose, Julie Silver, Mark Spiegler, John Stagliano.

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