Duluth News Tribune – Movie Review

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WHAT IT IS: As its subtitle so keenly spells out, “Naked Ambition” is “an R-rated look at an X-rated industry.” Watch as celebrated celebrity photographer Michael Grecco seeks out the adult industry’s biggest stars at the annual AVN Awards in Las Vegas (aka “the Oscars of the porn industry”) during the Adult Entertainment Expo as he attempts to capture the XXX world in a collection of classy-for-the-most-part portraits. The film is a companion piece to the finished product: a coffee table book of the same name.

WHAT ONE JERK THINKS ABOUT IT: I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was Grecco able to keep his “R-rated” promise — about exploring the adult entertainment industry in a manner most who aren’t religious fundamentalists can enjoy — but he was also able to really dive into the subject matter at hand in an intimate* and informative manner. By allowing the tale of small-town charmer Sunny Lane (who was up for AVN’s prestigious Best New Starlet award the year “Naked Ambition” was produced) to drive the narrative, Grecco effectively proved that even one of the most-despised industries is capable of having a heart. Also impressive is how Grecco manages to capture out-there sex toys introduced at the expo in a manner that’s not at all blush-inducing. Despite the overarching lighthearted nature of “Naked Ambition,” however, not a lot of screen time is dedicated to Ron Jeremy, perhaps the all-time king of stag-to-mainstream crossover success — a curious omission in an otherwise superbly executed documentary.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO ABOUT IT: Rent it. Unless your religion frowns upon you learning about subcultures via fascinating documentaries, that is.

*Pun sort of intended….

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An entertaining, adeptly crafted documentary that treats its provocative subject matter with refreshing respect.

- Los Angeles Times

This beautifully printed hard cover book offers an unabashed peek under the silken covers of one of the few remaining concealed idiosyncrasies of pop culture, the multi-billion dollar porn industry. The book features full color portraits of your favorite adult stars with forewords by Larry Flynt and Dave Navarro. All books are signed by Michael Grecco. HARDCOVER: 224 pages, 13 x 10 inches, $39.95. Free delivery within the USA.

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Join celebrity photographer Michael Grecco as he presents a humorous, sometimes introspective, always unexpected behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars of the Porn Industry. See your favorite adult stars and meet some new ones in this unprecedented and uncensored examination of the Adult film industry awards. Featuring: Jesse Jane, Ron Jeremy, Jenna Jameson, Larry Flynt and Sunny Lane. DVD Street Date: April 20, 2010
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