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The ability to sexually stimulate an audience is one of the earliest distinctions of film Before the turn of the century an exotic dancer named Fatima performed her act for the motion-picture cameras -- and for at least those segments of the public who saw the film uncensored In the brief peep-show films of the early 1900s scantily-clad women posed danced or undressed in such then-daring efforts as Her Morning Exercise and The Pajama Girl Municipal censorship boards started appearing in America by 1908 and before the end of the teens state and local censors existed throughout the country Although they made sure that no general-release film went too far in its treatment of sex clandestinely shot and screened erotic films already existed These cooch reels an allusion to the salacious gyrations of hoochie-coochie dancers were usually 100-foot rolls for private collectors who had their own projectors One example to have survived the years is A Free Ride aka The Grass Sandwich thought to have been made as early as 1915 The Hays Office in Hollywood standardized censorship rules for the industry in 1922 but pornography such as On The Beach 1925 continued to be made sold and viewed illicitly throughout the silent era The situation remained the same after the arrival of sound The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 policed the sexual content of mainstream films while underground suppliers continued to make pornographic shorts known variously as stag films or smokers because they were usually shown at all-male gatherings such as fraternal organizations and private parties In the first decades of sound exploitation films went as far as they could in offering the ticket-buying public sexually-themed films which could still be legally distributed Melodramas such as Slaves In Bondage 1937 and The Flesh Merchant 1954 depicted young women forced into prostitution Child Bride 1941 looked at pedophilic inclinations among country folk Some films pretended to teach sex education like Test Tube Babies 1953
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