28 March 2008

Porn East German style

It is a general rule (with exceptions of course) that the further left one goes, the more prudish and sexually repressed one becomes – Maoists can make Pandas look like sexual Olympians! Most regimes exercise hypocrisy on social mores (more like “dog-in-a-mangery”) . Take East Germany. Western pornography was banned under communism, but the armed forces had its own “pornosec” making sex films for senior officers and politicians.


Evidence of the former communist state's secret porn industry surfaced in a documentary made by eastern Germany's MDR television channel. It showed original film clips of nude subalterns kissing, and female army privates in helmets posing semi-naked on parade.The programme, Pornography made in the German Democratic Republic, revealed that the East German army, which at the time was one of the most feared in the Warsaw Pact, ran a 160-man film unit which had a secret amateur circle of 12 porn enthusiasts.

Dietmar Schürtz, 57, a former sound technician and actor in the porn film circle, who works in the reunited German army's media department, said in an interview that the unit was set up in 1982. It managed to make a total of 12 erotic films before the collapse of communism in 1989. "All of the films were made in secret but partly with the permission of senior officers," he said, adding that the premieres were an event not to be missed by the country's ruling elite: "All the bosses came to these showings – either because they were just inquisitive or simply out of pure lust," he said.

Mr Schürtz said the movies were shot on 16mm film cameras and that a military hospital was used as a studio. Most of the apparently sex-hungry women who starred in the films were civilian employees of the army. "We asked them whether they wanted a role and nearly all of them said yes immediately," he said.

The style of the erotic film clips shown in the documentary was reminiscent of early Scandinavian pornographic cinema. Perhaps surprisingly for a former front-line Warsaw Pact state, the films were not without humorous jabs at the failures of communism. One scene depicted a male worker in a medical consulting room waiting to be seen by a female doctor. She enters and orders the man to strip to the waist. "But I am your mechanic!" insists the male worker. The doctor immediately unbuttons her white coat and offers the worker instant sex because she is so grateful to have found somebody to repair her car in a country almost devoid of mechanics.

The secret clips included "Carry On" film-style shots of a female army private in a helmet exposing herself on a parade ground to the command "Breasts Out !" The scenes are in marked contrast to the atmosphere of public prudery that prevailed in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Although nudism and naked bathing were permitted, the regime banned Western sex films and visitors to the country who dared to try to import erotic magazines from the West would have the publication confiscated by border guards and risked being denied entry.After 1989, one of the first addresses for many East Germans visiting the West was a porn cinema or a sex shop.

I hasten to add that I am no connoisseur of pornography but I would imagine that their output was on par with other East German triumphs such as the Trabant

4 comments:

Roland Dodds said...

Fascinating. I find these looks at everyday life under totalitarian regimes to be endlessly interesting.

It’s too bad the state itself didn’t sponsor some porn. I would have loved to see some pornography done in Socialist realism!

beakerkin said...

Of course the cafeteria commisars will cry bloody murder. These films should be required viewing for members of the SWP.

Communism doesn't work

the teach said...

Jams, you said:"It is a general rule (with exceptions of course) that the further left one goes, the more prudish and sexually repressed one becomes –"

That might be true in Great Britain but not so here in the US of A. It's the Right that are prudish and sexually repressed...Ha!

jams o donnell said...

It leapt out at me for similar reasons, Roland! On the other hand it was just the sort of article that keeps the Poor Mouth going!

I don't know Beakerkin, it may just be worth anyone watching just for a laugh.

Well teach. going from conservative to liberal that generally holds true. It's really when you get into the far left that prudery and sexual repression really takes off, albeit with exceptions of course!