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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  423 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Blue Movie is a satirical novel by Terry Southern about the making of a high-budget pornographic film. The story line follows the celebrated cinematic auteur Boris Adrian, "King B", who undertakes The Faces of Love, an episodic film with high budget production values that will explicitly depict the range of human sexual experience. The filmmaker is loosely based on Stanley ...more
Taschenbuch, 320 pages
Published 2003 by Rowohlt (first published 1970)
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Dec 16, 2013 Brian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brian by: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
I started reading Terry Southern because Vonnegut told me to read Terry Southern. Not in a personal, over lunch conversational way, but via an interview in The Vonnegut Statement where he basically stated that Southern was an iconoclast writing in a way that he (Vonnegut) aspired to.

Somewhere in my '20s I picked up a great first edition of this book and happened to read it at exactly the right time in my life. It wasn't the first thing I read by Southern, but it was the best. This is his giant m
Jack Gattanella
4 1/2 out of 5 stars (Parental advisory sticker on this review)

What kind of sensibility courses through the veins of Blue Movie?

Example of some of Terry Southern's writing, explaining that which comes if actors and crew are kept in the same hotel during a film shoot:

"It is classic Hollywood protocol that the actors be quartered separately from the technicians ("apes" or "gorillas" as they are affectionately called) - allegedly in apprehension of the leading lady being gang-banged to death by a
It was way more porn with a slight tinge of humor or absurdity than satire with sexual elements. I'm guessing the marketing strategy went something like this: include as much explicit sex as can possibly fit between two covers, but give a lacsivious wink while doing it and call it a satire so intellectuals will feel okay buying it. Yes, there's a "meta" element here, consistent with the "artistry" of the porno at the center of the action, so to speak, but then the joke is on the reader, isn't it ...more
Bob Fingerman
A riotously filthy novel about making a porn flick starring A-list mainstream Hollywood talent. Though originally published in 1970, lo these many years later it still manages to have some pretty shocking stuff between its covers. One of those rare novels that had me laughing out loud. Often.
This book must have lost a lot of its luster in the 40 years since original publishing. Its really trashy and offensive. That's usually how I like my comedy- but this is over the top, and not funny.

Recreating a childhood rape incident in the movie so the scene will have "real feeling"? Women are referred to as coze, there's some very questionable racial language. Times change and so do attitudes and most especially acceptable terminology.

Its just trash all around. A swingin' dick from the 70s
Gregor Xane
Pretty dated, but raunchy and fun.
Douglas Koehne
I wanted to give this book a higher rating but in the end I felt 3 stars was right on target. It's difficult to read this book in 2013 and understand the time period in which it was written - 1970 or so. The porn industry really had not taken off, there was still backlash publicly against sexuality that was too extreme, and the movie industry itself was still undergoing a movement from the studio system to what it is today. The storytelling itself is pretty good, although dated, with characters ...more
Perry Whitford
Boris Adrian, King B, the world's greatest film director, winner of all the major awards and maker of movies about only the loftiest of themes, the "Big Three" of "Death...Infinity...and the Origin of Time", decides he wants to make an artistic skin flick.
Sid Krassman is the, well, crass, foul-mouthed, stereotypical Jewish producer who arranges for the film to be shot away from the prying eyes of the Hollywood studio bosses in the tiny european principality of Liechtenstein. He also has a charm
In the 60s and 70s, Terry Southern wrote a bunch of raunchy satire books, the most famous of which were probably Candy and The Magic Christian, both of which were made into movies. This is my favorite because it was written later and mercilessly satirizes Hollywood. The premise is that this grotesque producer is trying to make the dirtiest movie ever made. Of course, to qualify, it has to be extremely graphic and include every imaginable type of sex act, including some rather bizarre sexual perv ...more
This romp is embarrassingly sexist, and might not pass if it weren't in the name of so much madcap genius satire. Fantastic and filthy little beach read that made me laugh out loud more than a few times.
La storia è interessante, a prescindere dalla sua preponderante componente piccante, e si fa seguire con curiosità, però nonostante il palese intento satirico i personaggi eccessivamente negativi non mi hanno convinta.

The story is interesting, regardless of the predominant spicy component, and it make itself reading with curiosity, but despite the obvious satirical intent the excessively negative characters don't have convinced me.
pornographic but I liked it when I was coming of age
Hal Brodsky
Southern was a screenwriter for a long while, so I have to take him at his word that this book is a satire. The problem is that it remains unclear to me exactly which parts are satirical and which are real. This book came across as more of a movie industry insiders joke and "shock porn" than true satire, which has to be more accessible to the reader than this turned out to be.
John Moretz
A funny satirical look at a big budget Hollywood movie production wherein the world's greatest director decides to make the world's greatest adult film. The book is more about the backstage politics of actors, agents, and financing that just porn. Recommended for those who enjoy tales of backstage Hollywood machinations.
Brian Fagan
The idea of making a multi million dollar jerk off movie doesn't seem that shocking. Thus the first half of the book
Where they set up the porno production, while interesting, is somewhat mundane.

But, the second half of the book really takes flight. Definitely recommend it. Early transgressive lit.
This satire of Hollywood features King B, an Oscar-winning director who has seen (and filmed) everything, Sid Krassman, a producer who's made a fortune catering to the tastes of the American public, and Angela Sterling, a misunderstood sex symbol who desperately wants to do something 'serious'.
Erik Graff
Jul 29, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Southern fans
Recommended to Erik by: Einar Graff
Shelves: literature
I'd read and enjoyed Southern's Candy while still a child--not least because it was sexy as well as funny. When Dad bought Blue Movie, I read it as well during the Christmas break from school. Older and more experienced, the parodic sex didn't hold much interest for me any more.
Despite the strange '70s lingo and casual misogyny, the culture of Hollywood has rarely been so enthusiastically sodomized. Southern's skill as a satirist is truly inspiring and I have to give props to any writer who can throw off a brief necrophilia scene as a hysterical punchline.
From one of the writers of 'Dr Strangelove', a satire on film-making. Dated, reflecting the mores of the time it was written, it is guaranteed to offend the politically correct and is very, very funny. Highly recommended.
Quite frankly, I found it kinda boring, and pointlessly tasteless. I get the feeling that in its day it may have come across as shocking and somewhat raunchily humorous, but now it just seems awkward and dated.
Neil Hanson
Scurrilous, scatological, sexist and horrifically politically incorrect, but savagely funny. Southern is a writer who will boldly go where no one else would dare
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Andrew Shaffer
A fun erotic satire. Although "Candy" is his bestselling book by several million copies, "Blue Movie" is his erotic masterpiece IMHO.
Perfunctory 1960s movie madness shaggy dog story. Enjoyable pulp fiction. His earlier short stories are so much better.
Oct 06, 2010 Robin is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up after hearing an excerpt read by Kevin Sampsell as part of a Banned Books Week event.
Jun 20, 2008 Will marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I had written down on a scrap of paper that this was a good book. Don't know anything about it besides that.
Whitney Peck
Fan -fucking- tastic :) I have heard rumors of this being made into a movie... it would be beyond fabulous.
Adam Gecking
A book about making a porno. I liked it, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.
Andrea Buschman
Sick, twisted, and terribly funny. But it was funnier 20 years ago when I first read it.
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Terry Southern was a highly influential American short story writer, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and university lecturer noted for his distinctive satirical style. He was part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s and a companion to Beat writers in Greenwich Village; he was at the center of Swinging London in the sixties and helped to change the style and substance of Hollywood ...more
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