The History of Silent Porn (feat. release party for Black Francis' & Josh Frank's "The Good Inn"!)

Co-presented by BOOK SOUP

From the very first moments that rolls of celluloid film cranked through silent-era motion picture cameras, moviemakers with a taste for the erotic (which means an awfully large number of them) were quick to capture indelible, impish and inquiring images of titillation. Animated and live-action, European and American, narrative and (ahem) straight-up reportage, the possibilities for silent stag films of all types were endless — as Pixies frontman Black Francis and his co-collaborator Josh Frank explore with glee in their brand-new illustrated novel “The Good Inn”. In celebration of this visually arresting work about art, conflict and the origins of a certain type of cinema, tonight we present dramatic readings from “The Good Inn” (featuring special guest actors), as well as a guided tour through the underground playground of vintage silent pornography: a sampler of naughty filmic amuse-bouches that’ll tickle deviants and schoolmarms alike.

Watch the trailer for “The History of Silent Porn”!