The Devil and Shelley Lubben
Director: Michael Whiteacre
Shelley Lubben hates porn. She hates the people involved in it and everything they stand for. But most of all, she wants you to know how much she hates it. She is crusading against the sins of pornography. A one time adult movie performer, Lubben is lashing out against the industry that has caused her numerous health and emotional problems. Of course she was a downtown L.A. prostitute for many years as well. Could that have had something to do with her physical and mental well being/breakdown? Hmmm...
"The Devil and Shelley Lubben" is a documentary about the sins, lies and deceitfulness of Shelley Lubben. Well, at least as perceived by director Michael Whiteacre and numerous adult industry players. Whiteacre is the director of the superior softcore film "Call Girl Wives" who is wearing his activist hat to expose the hypocrisies of Shelley Lubben. She has gotten under people's collective skin and the two episodes on the internet, (with more to follow), make the case that Shelley is not the victim she makes herself out to be.
There is one aspect of "The Devil and Shelley Lubben" I found quite annoying. I can't stand listening to Shelley Lubben. She has got quite a grating speaking voice. It makes me wonder how people can stand listening to her. But perhaps it's more the message than her delivery that's helping to spread the gospel of Lubben. She is telling her audience exactly what they want to hear. There is a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah raging out of control in the valley today and it must be stopped. She was lucky to get out alive.
But for what purpose is Lubben doing this? Is she working some angle to get money? Is she starved for attention? Is she just plain crazy? Or is she a true believer in what's she's ranting about? So far, the documentary doesn't have that answer although a conclusion might be reached in other episodes. The performers interviewed, (Kayden Kross, Nina Hartley), refute most of Lubben's accusations about the porn industry. There aren't rapists stalking the set at every turn. As for women not enjoying having sex on film, Nina Hartley goes on to assure us that she has assisted in "hundreds of real female orgasms" in her 26 years in the business. Thank God for Nina Hartley. If only more porn stars were like her the world would be a better place.
"The Devil and Shelley Lubben" is an interesting documentary on an irritant to the porn business. This is not to say the porn business is above criticism mind you. You should certainly know what you're getting into when you walk onto an adult movie set. You would think after about thirty years of porn in the valley they would have figured out safety guidelines for making their product.
But the level of scorn Lubben attacks the industry with makes it seem like she craves the limelight of being a victim. Shelley Lubben is not a reliable spokesperson for railing against pornography. There's a lot of sex going on in Canoga Park and Chatsworth and she is here to save us from it. But no one should stop Nina Hartley from giving orgasms. That's just crazy.
SCORE: 3 out of 4 Lubbens
SCORE: 3 out of 4 Lubbens
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Keep giving orgasms Nina.Kayden Kross looking good.