Marilyn Chambers, the All-American Girl!
The revolutionary adult film that ushered in a new era of Porn Chic introduced America to the idea of sex as sophistication and erotic films as Art. Scandals ensued on Madison Avenue as the Mitchell brothers enlisted then unknown Ivory Snow girl Marilyn Chambers, for the film and appropriated their slogan, billing Chambers as “99 and 44/100 percent pure.”
Behind the Green Door is a tale of fantasy, fear, anxiety and expectation.
It begins as a story within a story; a trucker narrates the story of the “Green Door” to a fellow diner. As the story goes, a woman, with whom he had been flirting earlier, was taken from the hotel where they both had been staying. In a case of serendipity, the woman winds up being the main attraction at the private sex club he is attending that same night. In front of a live audience, the woman is to be cajoled into having sex with various groups of people on stage for the pleasure of the club’s rich and exclusive members.
The film broke new ground through its acceptance and appeal to mainstream audiences. It is also considered to be the first feature length film to include an interracial sex scene. Paul Schrader credits the film as an inspiration for him penning 1976’s “Taxi Driver” and fans of Stanley Kubrick will see the film’s influence as evident in his final masterpiece Eyes Wide Shut.
One of the biggest box office successes of the 1970s, Behind the Green Door was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, received positive critical reviews in the mainstream media and is the second movie ever to be inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame.