Must Watch Vintage Porn

5 Vintage Porn Flicks for the Horny Cinephile

Immediately after the invention of the first moving picture in the early 20th century, filmmakers began using the medium for erotic storytelling. Le coucher de la mariée (or Bedtime for the Bride), long considered the first pornographic film, debuted just a year after the first public screening of a motion picture, and spurred a genre that innovated moviemaking at each new advance in the industry.

Long remnants of a world where Blockbuster Video rental shops kept curtained sections of their adult cinema in the back room, pornography created before the advent of the world wide web is some of the most artistic, revolutionary, and genre-defining work created. As VHS sales for these classics have dwindled and the ecosystem of internet porn churns onward, it’s critical that we preserve, study, and enjoy the vintage classics that made adult cinema what it is today – but how the heck are we supposed to watch them?

An industry innovator themselves, PinkLabel.TV has a collection of vintage porn that ranges from the classic to the cult, with a special selection of gay porn from pioneering porn house BIJOUX Video.

Whether you’re a diehard porn cinephile or dipping your toe in out of curiosity, here are our top five selections in no particular order from the PinkLabel archive of vintage porn.

1. On Your Knees (1987) by BIJOUX Gay Classics

There are no explicit sex scenes in this 1987 San Francisco production, but it contains plenty of cheeky humor and romance, with fetishes and an extended sensual erotic sequence sprinkled in. Surprisingly tender and just as bitingly satirical, it’s probably best summed up by The Advocate’e review: “Candid humor and satire. A gorgeous young monk discovers sex with a visiting fairy. Monty Python with a little Shakespeare tossed in.”

2. Vintage Lesbian Erotica (1920-1960) by Cult Epics

A 120 minute compilation of lesbian erotica that lifts the skirt off the prudishness of the eras depicted. Shot in brothels, opium dens, and various settings from 1920 to 1960, it’s a cheeky portrayal of lesbian pleasure.

3. Blue Movie (1971) by Cult Epics

A controversial classic, this feature from director Wim Verstappen was the first Dutch theatrical film to feature sex as well as an erection. After initially blocked from release, once released for viewing audiences it became one of the most attended Dutch films in history.

4. Black Heat (1972) by Alpha Blue Archives

“While stumbling into a fair amount of the pitfalls that plague cheaper “golden age” XXX entries (go-nowhere plot, lack of interest in characters or story), BLACK HEAT at least succeeds by being an amiably goofy attempt to hop on the blaxploitation bandwagon. From purloining that most famous of tracks by Isaac Hayes to Leroy’s outrageously garish outfit, amply showcased in the film’s plentiful motorcycle riding footage, the film is at the very least a fun and campy time capsule of its period.” – Davian_X via IMDb.com

5. Annie Sprinkle’s Herstory of Porn (1999)

It ain’t a rundown of classic porn without Annie Sprinkle, so we’ll leave it to her own words to tell you about Herstory: “You’ll see the best (and worst) clips from dozens of the 150+ films that I have made from 1973 until the present. Marvel at rare hippie porn, early fetish films, feminist porn, art porn, couples erotica, transsexual docu-porn, classic XXX, and more.”