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Dirty Pictures

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Dirty Pictures

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
95 minutes
performer:
James Woods, Matt North, Diana Scarwid, Craig T. Nelson
director:
Frank Pierson
distributor:
Showtime Networks Inc.
author:
Ilene Chaiken
broadcaster:
Showtime Networks Inc.
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

Reenacting the real-life case of a Cincinnati curator (Woods) prosecuted on obscenity charges for displaying an exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe photos, the made-for-Showtime docudrama Dirty Pictures constitutes a convincing civics lesson in the importance of protecting the First Amendment. What the filmmakers don’t seem to realize is that — given the audience will consist of people interested in watching a movie called Dirty Pictures — they’re preaching to the converted. B-

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