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As an eight-year-old boy in a small Italian village, Arturo Domingo found copies of both Cahiers du Cinéma and Hustler under his parents' bed, and it was then that his future as the "Kubrick of porno" took root. Now mid-career, after a number of highly acclaimed films (like My Left Nut), he finds himself in a bit of a slump. His work has slipped since he parted ways with his longtime collaborator and star, Frank Normo, now the host of a wildly successful sex/travel reality show. Domingo also finds himself attending a retrospective of his work in Portland, Oregon and thinking obsessively about the lost love of his life so much that he can't concentrate on his real mission: to finally screen the controversial director's cut of his epic Vietnam-era flick, Full Metal Jackoff.
This hilarious spoof is the brainchild of former Portland, Oregon video store clerk James Westby (Film Geek) who directs, writes, edits, and even composes some songs for the film. The various porno clips, all send-ups of cinema classics, are simply ingenious. Westby's Portland location sets the film perfectly askew: At one point a very conspicuous, very Hollywood Domingo ends up in a rural commune called "Paradise," where he gets a lesson in organic bud and chakras from frolicking nudist hippies. A cameo by Ron Jeremy, nostalgic use of Super 8 footage, and a great indie rock soundtrack round out the film, which ends in a truly unforgettable climax.
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It has been my lifelong dream to make a film about a porno director who is a genius, on the level of Scorsese or Fellini. This has finally been realized with The Auteur, about one Arturo Domingo: a Mediterranean immigrant who gets a scholarship to USC Film School, hones his craft, and finds his voice as the acclaimed creator of Dyke Club and Five Easy Nieces. I wrote the part of Arturo for my dear friend Melik Malkasian, who has been the lead in every movie I've made, which includes five features and a couple of shorts. I call him the Armenian Brando, and one of the reasons I make pictures is to put Melik in them. He inhabits Arturo like a second (fore)skin, and is a slavish devotee to his craft. This is evident in his gaining 40 pounds, learning Italian, and going full-frontal (for a scene in which Arturo visits a hippie commune).
Speaking of nudity, making this movie was also the perfect opportunity to put a lot of good old-fashioned bare skin up on the screen. Both men and women are given equal naked-time. I personally believe that dangling penises are hilarious. They just are. I want to make people laugh and cry. It is my prayer that The Auteur will do both of these things to many people in equal doses. Especially during the Full Metal Jackoff scene. In this age of so many gonzo video hacks, it is my pleasure to present to the world a pornographic artist with an aesthetic sensibility to match the great masters of cinema. Here is the man who changed adult movies forever. Here is the director of Requiem for a Wet Dream.
Film Information Collapse
[AUTEU] | 2008 | 80 | Narrative Feature
Directed by: James Westby
Foreign Title: (The Auteur)
Cast & Credits Collapse
Principal Cast Melik Malkasian, Katherine Flynn, John Breen, Cara Seymour
Screenwriter James Westby
Producers Byrd McDonald, Amber Geiger
Co-Producer Davis Priestley
Director of Photography Alan Jacobsen
Producer Designer David Storm
Original Music Jason Wells
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James Westby lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He has written, directed, and edited five feature films and several shorts. His 2006 movie Film Geek won the Independent Visions Award at the Sarasota Film Festival and was distributed by First Run Features. Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum gave Film Geek a B+, calling it "perceptively hilarious." In the book Spike, Mike, Slackers, & Dykes, legendary producer's representative John Pierson called James a voice of a new generation of filmmakers, and Roger Ebert called his 1996 film Bloody Mary "an audacious thriller in the vein of Blood Simple." Westby's next project is an adaptation of the cult novel The Burnt Orange Heresy by Charles Willeford.