6 Questions With The ‘X-Rated Collection’ – Aficionados of Vintage Porn

Art, Features, Film, Interviews, porn, Posters, vintage porn
The X-Rated Collection are self-confessed purveyors of original x-rated movie posters of the 60’s and 70’s. Their extensive, ever-growing collection is both an archive of our sordid past, a nostalgic remembrance of the ‘golden age’ of pornography, and a means of appreciating the brilliance of (often uncredited) illustrators, designers and photographers who produced these posters.

We reached out to them to see if they could answer a few questions we had and give us a glimpse into their vault. They kindly obliged, so you can peep our correspondence and see some of their collection below:
 Don’t forget to check out their Facebook, Instagram, and the Reel Art Press site for more info. 

6BY6 : So when did you get into pornos?

XRC : Pornography has been an important part of my life for a number of years; never did I think however that my interest in it could be applied in the workplace.

full time females


6BY6 : So presumably these posters are advertising feature length flicks as opposed to the numerous short porn edits that float around the internet nowadays?

XRC : Yeah, these were feature lengths, for the most part with developed narratives. Although generally the narratives revolve around the standard good girls going bad kind of thing… there’s nothing too ground-breaking. Some of them have been very influential though – for instance the Russ Meyer movie “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” obviously provided much of the inspiration for Tarantino’s “Death Proof”.

faster pussycat kill kill
QT DP


6BY6 : What made you want to start this collection? Is there a philosophy or aim behind it, or is it more of an archive of our seedy past? 

XRC : Tony who started the collection is one of the world’s leading authorities on film posters. What drew him to these posters is principally their designs, which are often incredibly bold and innovative. I would definitely say they are an interesting archive of our seedy past; it’s always fun to think that people have always been disgusting, and also that the men and women in these films are now probably in nursing homes.

mother knows best


6BY6 : Is there something particular about the 60s and 70s movie posters that makes them stand out from their predeccessors and successors? Would you say that these posters reflected the society around them?

XRC : I think given the period the posters represent the liberation of society from conservative ideals that occurred in this time. I also love to see the influence of contemporary pop culture on the themes of the films; there’s a lot psychedelic imagery for example, and many embrace the fears of conservative society that the world was being led to ruin by its new-found hedonism. Every generation experiences the same reaction of panic from the establishment as it experiences societal change. I’d say our parallel today is the development virtual reality porn… Now we’re worried that in a few years people will get stuck in a virtual smut world, wanking themselves into oblivion. There will always be people mentally indisposed to be able to deal with this stuff in a rational way, but generally I think people are able to distinguish reality from fantasy.

smoke and flesh


6BY6 : Pulp-Fiction and cheap crime thrillers commanded a massive audience in the 50’s and 60’s despite the criticisms of various intellectuals and literati. There is a creeping realisation however, that these novels may be equally as important, if not more important, in informing our understanding of the society and culture of the time. Do you think there are any parallels to be found in the attitudes surrounding, and the relevance of, the x-rated film?

XRC : Definitely. It’s really interesting to realise how popular these films were back then; even when they weren’t as readily available as they are now, a large proportion of people obviously watched them. It seems surprising but our attitudes are not even that different today. It’s pretty rare these days that people will publicly discuss the pornography they’ve been watching.

headset


6BY6 : So Is there some type of artistic value to be found in these posters?

XRC : No doubt. There’s a bit of everything – they range from being very low key and minimalist to absurdly ostentatious and ridiculous. Some of the typefaces are so incredible as well… it blows my mind that none of the designers are credited – it is literally impossible to find out who designed them. Funnily enough though, this is even the case with most mainstream movie posters of the same time period.

come one come all


6BY6 : We know we’re past the allocated 6 questions, but we have to ask…what’s your favourite porno poster, and why?

XRC: It’s so hard to choose man. My favourites are the ones on the extremes of the spectrum. I generally like the most minimal, timeless looking ones, or the most gutter, fucked up looking ones, so I’ll give you one from each camp:
truckers girls

Trucker’s Girl (1971)

 

love is a four letter word

Love Is A Four Letter Word (1966)


6BY6 : Thanks for your time

XRC : No probem!
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