By Mark Schoen, Ph.D.
SexSmartFilms has added a new film category, "Stag Films. "
“Stag Films” are those films produced from1915 – 1970 before adult (pornographic) films were legal. These sexually explicit motion pictures were produced early in the history of film. They were produced with the sole intent of initiating sexual arousal and pleasure.
The first known “Stag Film” of any kind appears to have been made in Europe in 1908. Most historians consider the first American stag film to be A Free Ride, produced and released in 1915.
When viewing a stag film on SexSmartFilms try to imagine a world with no television or Internet. Stag films were the only possible experience for live action viewing of sexually explicit media.
The technical qualities of these films vary greatly. Many are black and white and some are silent.
It is important to recognize the Kinsey Institute, who preserved and archived these films so they will be available to scholars in the the future.
An excellent "Stag Film" reference, which was researched at the Kinsy Institute:
Dirty Movies: An Illustrated History of the Stag Film
by Al Di Lauro and Gerald Rabkin