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"It's worth speculating on the influence [on Naughty!] of Stephen Marcus's The Other Victorians on the film's Victorian sections. Marcus's book had been available in paperback since 1969 and highlighted as an important book by Nova. [...] It draws on some of Marcus's cast of characters - Henry Ashbee's extensive porn collection, the dubious dealings of John Hotten, Henry Hayler's 'dirty pictures'. [...] It demonstrates a comparable accumulation of primary material -'primitive' silent porn, the diverse material at the Amsterdam 'Wet Dream' Film Festival, footage of John Lindsay shooting hardcore in a suburban front room, explaining the 'come shot' to his leading man." --British Low Culture: From Safari Suits to Sexploitation (1998) by Leon Hunt

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Stanley A. Long (26 November 1933 – 10 September 2012) was an English exploitation cinema and sexploitation filmmaker. He was a writer, cinematographer, editor, and eventually, producer/director of low-budget exploitation movies.

Today, he perhaps best-known for his film fictionalized 'history of pornography' documentary Naughty! (1971).



Long began his career as a photographer, before producing striptease shorts or "glamour home movies", as they were sometimes known, for the 8 mm market, under the banner of Stag Film Productions. Beginning in the late fifties, Long’s feature film career would span the entire history of the British sex film, and as such exemplifies its differing trends and attitudes. His work ranges from coy nudist films (Nudist Memories, 1959) to moralizing documentary (The Wife Swappers, 1970) to a more relaxed attitude to permissive material (Naughty!, 1971, On the Game, 1974), to out-and-out comedies at the end of the 1970s.

He made several sex comedy movies in the 1970s, the most successful being Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976), Adventures of a Private Eye (1977) and Adventures of a Plumber's Mate (1978).

Like Norman J. Warren, Long also made horror films. He made the anthology movie Screamtime in 1983 and was due to film a Jo Gannon script entitled Plasmid, about albino mutants living in London’s Underground. While the film was never made, confusingly a tie-in novel of Plasmid was released.

Long was also the cameraman on several British horror movies of the 1960s, including The Blood Beast Terror, Repulsion (uncredited) and The Sorcerers. For the latter he was strapped to the top of a car to film one sequence.

Long retired from film directing in the early 1980s; however, he briefly returned to direct The Other Side of the Screen in 2006, a one-off documentary about various aspects of filmmaking. This was hosted by Paul Martin, star of Flog It!.

The "Adventures of" comedies were released to DVD on 2 June 2008. The following year several of his other sex films, On the Game, Sex and the Other Woman and This That and the Other were also released on DVD for the very first time.

Long was interviewed for the BBC's Balderdash and Piffle programme (broadcast 25 May 2007), and the British horror and comedy episodes of the British Films Forever series ("Magic, Murder and Monsters" broadcast 25 August 2007, "Sauce, Satire and Sillyness" broadcast 9 September 2007).


Stanley Long died in Buckinghamshire on 10 September 2012, at the age of 78, of natural causes.

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Sexploitation film, The Sorcerers, Derek Ford, Pete Walker (director), Barry Evans (actor), Weeley Festival, Sex comedy, John Jesnor Lindsay, Vic Pratt, Eskimo Nell (film), The Wife Swappers, Groupie Girl, Cinema X, Adventures of a Taxi Driver, Adventures of a Private Eye, Adventures of a Plumber's Mate, Permissive (film), BFI Flipside, Publications by Denis Gifford on radio, television, music and music hall, London in the Raw, Secrets of a Windmill Girl, Sam Peffer, Nudist Memories, Nudes of the World, West End Jungle, Take Off Your Clothes and Live!, A Promise of Bed, Jonathon Morris, Sex and the Other Woman

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