The Daily Beast: ‘Deep Sleep’ (1972) – How an Amateur Porno Set Off A Massive Federal Witch Hunt

The Daily Beast: ‘Deep Sleep’ (1972) – How an Amateur Porno Set Off A Massive Federal Witch Hunt

We’re proud to announce that The Rialto Report has an article published in The Daily Beast article today: the remarkable story behind the making of the early adult film Deep Sleep (1972).

You can read the article on The Daily Beast website here.

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‘Deep Sleep’ (1972) background

In 1972, Alfred Sole, a first time filmmaker, made an X-rated film called ‘Deep Sleep’.

He didn’t know much about adult films or the industry, so he shot it in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey and using a cast and crew made up of friends and family members.

This meant that the local lawyer, banker, policeman, high school teachers, funeral home director, the mayor’s wife, even Alfred’s wife and his mother were part of the film-making group. It seemed like everyone in Paterson knew someone who was involved in the making of ‘Deep Sleep’.

And so predictably when it came out it was a smash hit in New Jersey, with long lines of people breaking box office records trying to get into the theaters to see it.

But not everyone was impressed. And what followed was one of the most remarkable and notorious prosecutions of an adult film in American history. First the filmmakers were indicted on a state basis under an ancient anti-fornication statute, and then on a federal level for interstate transportation of pornography. Suddenly Alfred Sole found himself at the center of a storm. He was under attack both from the law and from everyone who’d helped him make the film in the first place.

The people involved speak out for the first time in 40 years.

Alfred SoleAlfred Sole, Deep Sleep’s director

 

 

 

 

 

Kim PopeKim Pope, Deep Sleep actress

 

 

 

 

 

Jospeh FriedmanJoseph Friedman, Deep Sleep cinematographer

 

 

 

 

Butch TaylorButch Taylor, Deep Sleep’s soundtrack composer

 

 

 

 

 

John NiccollaiJohn Niccollai, Assistant District Prosecutor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stills

Paterson, NJKim Pope (aka Mary Canary), Anthony De Marco (aka Anthony Dema)

 

Kim Pope, Anthony De MarcoKim Pope, Anthony De Marco drive past the Bishop’s residence

 

Kim Pope, Anthony De MarcoKim Pope, Anthony De Marco, with the whip taken in evidence

 

Paterson, NJGreat Falls, Paterson NJ

 

Willard ButtsWillard Butts looks on

 

Jamie GillisJamie Gillis, in hammock

 

Marc Stevens, Cindy WestMarc Stevens, Cindy West

 

Paterson, NJThe Maharishi

 

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Press Coverage

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Kim Pope

 

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Joseph Gourley

 

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Paterson, NJ

 

  • Posted On: 5th May 2019
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Articles

6 Comments

  1. Kyle · May 5, 2019

    A fine article that is crying out, begging, demanding… a full film treatment!

    Come on Hollywood… do it!

  2. Samantha Jones · May 5, 2019

    Congratulations on all the mainstream success for THE RIALTO REPORT!

    It is gratifying to see quality reportage and investigative journalism break into the big time….

  3. J. · May 5, 2019

    Well written and so interesting.
    I’d love to see this made into a big budget movie.

  4. Scott M · May 5, 2019

    Here’s hoping it also becomes a podcast episode. I love being read to by April & Ashley!

  5. Will · May 7, 2019

    Thanks for your efforts to preserve these recollections. I don’t know if you’ve ever considered it, but an article about the making of Blue Voodoo could be interesting.

  6. J. Walter Puppybreath · May 7, 2019

    Stunning work, RR!
    That large pic with the notorious whip is nightmare fuel, though. It shows way more of De Marco than anyone needed to see. 😉