Golden age pioneer Jon Martin shares his memories of San Francisco – ground zero for the adult film business.
The Rialto Report is proud to present a series of exclusive articles, interviews, and investigative journalism relating to the golden age of adult film.
Ginger Lynn was more than just a star of adult films: she was a brand in her own right. What’s more, Ginger incorporated herself, as Ginger Pix.
Who was responsible for High Society in its early years, after Gloria Leonard took over as publisher?
Adult industry star Randy Paul talks about his adult film career – alternating between California and New York, straight and gay, standard and fetish movies.
Legendary filmmaker John Amero’s autobiography is now available.
‘Erotic Film Guide’ (1982 – 2006) was one of the longest-running and most colorful magazines to cover XXX.
We look back at the controversies behind the XXX movies, ‘Little Orphan Dusty’ and ‘Taxi Girls’.
The Rialto Report has always been intrigued by the little-known but well-made New York adult film ‘Alexandra’ (1983)
Samantha Fox, iconic actress from the golden age of adult film, passed away on April 22, 2020 at the age of 69. We remember her life and accomplished career.
We look back at ‘Porn Stars’ magazine in 1983, with an issue-by-issue guide, including newly digitized copies of each magazine.
Claire Wilbur was one of the few performers to go from adult industry notoriety to Hollywood recognition.
Marv Lincoln single-handedly created the template for the adult film magazine business.
Mary Stuart appeared in a 8mm loop in 1973 in which she was slapped: what happened to her after this, and was there any truth to the rumors?
We look at the life of Bill Rotsler and Adam Film World, with digitized copies of all 1975 magazines.
The life and adult film career of Avon director Joe Davian has been shrouded in mystery since he disappeared in 1981. Who was he?
We re-publish monthly bulletins and convention brochures relating to the Adult Film Association of America (AFAA).
We look back at the east coast publication ‘Cheri’ – and re-publish all the issues published in 1978.
Jamie Gillis died ten years ago this week. We remember when he was arrested for murder – twice.
The Daily Beast republishes a Rialto Report story: the remarkable story of Avon film director Phil Prince.
We look back at the history of the east coast publication ‘Video X’ – and we re-publish all the issues published in 1981.
The wild tale of sexploitation films, a serial killer, go-go dancing, sexual assault, nude modeling, Sam Fuller.
We look back at the east coast publication ‘Adult Cinema’ by re-publishing all the issues published in 1982.
The Tale of Tiffany Lust is one of the more enigmatic adult films made in New York – yet boasts some of the most famous names of the era.
We look back at the east coast publication ‘Porn Stars’ by re-publishing all the issues published in 1982 in full.
A detailed look into the 1981 film, Centerfold Fever, with one of the best casts in XXX history.
Edwin Meese, 1980s pornography scourge, is in the news again.
Candy Samples, who enjoyed a long career as a hugely popular model in men’s magazines and adult films, passed away this week.
Tim Connelly was a drummer who rubbed shoulders with Patti Smith and the Ramones – and a hugely colorful career in the adult industry.
Wendy O. Williams, Monica Kennedy, and Rod Swenson: Part 2.
Monica Kennedy and Wendy O. Williams’ story.
Henri Belolo, the music producer who created a disco hit for adult actor, Wade Nichols, passed away at his home in Paris this week.
We piece together his last year before his tragic accident in 1977.
We speak with Gloria Leonard about High Society and how she became the magazine’s ‘publisher’.
San Francisco, 1979: Four people’s lives converged for an intense few months in an apartment on Polk Street. This is what happened.
For the 50th anniversary of the filming of Radley Metzger’s The Lickerish Quartet, we visited the castle where the movie takes place.
Radley Metzger’s last film was shelved, never released, and doesn’t appear on his filmography.
We look back at the first year of Cinema Blue magazine – and speak to its editor, Joyce James.
The untold story of an Oscar-winning director, a sex film actress, a mobster who revolutionized the distribution of pornography, and a photographer.
The Daily Beast publishes our article about the making of ‘Deep Sleep’.
After flourishing in its first year, Cinema-X Review came to an abrupt end in 1981. How did it end?
We’re proud to announce that The Rialto Report’s recent Daily Beast article, ‘Centurians of Rome’, has been acquired for a feature film.
An extract from the unpublished biography of the film’s director, Gerard Damiano, plus four books about the film – and Bill O’Reilly.
Jim Holliday published two books that were among the first to place the golden age of adult film in a historical context.
An issue-by-issue guide to the second year of Cheri magazine – with all issues fully digitized.
The Rialto Report was sad to hear of the recent closure of Le Beverley, the last surviving adult cinema in Paris. The theater first opened in 1960.
Mary Stuart featured in many adult films, before disappearing amid rumors of abuse. We set out to to piece together her eventful life.
Ken Scudder passed away recently. We remember his life as a prolific, and enigmatic, actor in the San Francisco scene in the 1970s.
Interviews, film features, articles, and photo sets from the west coast Bible of adult films.
45 vintage adult film star interviews, including C.J. Laing, Terri Hall, Andrea True, Jennifer Welles, Suzanne Fields, Helen Madigan, Armand Weston and many more.
The life and career of figure model, Roberta Pedon, has been subject to much speculation. So where did she come from?
Ambrosia Fox, Velvet Summers, and Cheri Champagne: who were they and where did they come from?
Avon films form the sleaziest chapter of golden age adult films. So who was behind the theater chain?
Adult film star Jose Duval talks about open relationships, swinging, porn and the love of his life – Danielle, his wife of 57 years.
The east-coast magazine Porn Stars first appeared in 1980. And became Skin Flicks. And then became Starlet, before reverting to Porn Stars.
Keli Richards writes to thank everyone who donated to her recent fundraiser. Thanks to your genorosity we raised over $2,000.
Radley Metzger’s ‘Camille 2000’ started shooting 50 years ago today in Rome, Italy. We tried to visit all the original locations in 24 hours.
The untold story of the murky and mysterious background behind Video X magazine.
Since we put out the podcast interview with Keli Richards, many of you have been in touch asking how you can help.
The first year of east coast adult magazine Cheri magazine was a controversial one.
Stories from behind the scenes, gossip, rare artifacts, and photos from the AFAA Award ceremonies.
We re-visit the (two) Italianate country mansions featured in Radley Metzger’s The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976).
We look back at the first year of the east coast film magazine Adult Cinema Review – with the full year’s collection digitized.
Levi Richards was a good looking, B-list adult film actor in New York. And then he committed suicide.
The Adult Film Association of America (AFAA) hosted annual Erotic Awards from 1977 until 1986.
We look back at the first year of High Society, issue-by-issue, including newly digitized copies.
Eric Edwards shares his memories of the women in his life.
We remember Cinema-X Review with Jason Russell, and also re-publish the 1980 issues.
We continue our digitization project by looking at the west coast film magazine Adam Film World – and the issues from 1980.
Who was the mystery model from a 1970s photo shoot?
Last year we republished the first 8 issues of Flick – a New York magazine dedicated to covering adult films. Here are the rest.
The Rialto Report is making George McDonald’s unpublished autobiography available online.
An oral history of the XXX industry’s bible – with the full first 12 issues available online.
The untold story of ‘On the Prowl’ and ‘Dirty Debutantes’.
We visit Chuck Vincent’s film studio where many of his 1980s adult films were made.
How was Jack Bravman, the prolific New York adult filmmaker from the 1960s to the 1980s?
The story of ‘Hot Circuit’, and one of the first prosecutions of a hard-core film.
We speak to an anonymous adult film actress about Justine: ‘A Matter of Innocence’ (1980).
The second part of our interview, focusing on his 1970s adult film career.
Film director and cinematographer C. Davis Smith passed away in 2017. We remember his 1960s career.
A selection of photos taken at the Come Again erotic boutique in the mid 1980s by Efrain Gonzalez.
Vintage interviews from back-stage at Show World – featuring adult film performers including Samantha Fox, Danielle, Sparky Vasc and Tish Ambrose.
A striking series of previously unpublished photographs taken by Vivienne Maricevic showing the live shows at Show World.
The fundraiser for Jeanne Silver has closed and, thanks to you, we reached a new record.
Ever since we started The Rialto Report, we wanted to interview 1970s dancer/performer Alexandria, but we never even knew her name. Then she wrote to us.
52 years after the film was shot, we took a trip into the Mojave desert to find the long-lost film locations.
We’re often asked how people can help support The Rialto Report. Here’s how: Please donate to the Jeanne Silver fundraiser that we’re launching today!
Sometimes when we research the career of an actor, we don’t get the answers we expected at the outset… such as these two examples.
The full story behind the publication of XXX’s first ‘how-to’ guide.
We set ourselves a challenge: Find and visit all the locations for the film in one day. Here’s how we did.
Joanna Storm, star of many successful New York adult films from the early 1980s, tells all about her wild and crazy life.
What happened to Beerbohn Tree – one of the more unusual and striking figures in 1970s XXX films, such as ‘The Naughty Victorians’ and ‘Anyone But My Husband’?
The story of 1970s adult film star, Juliet Graham.
The concluding part.
We look back at a landmark adult film dispute from the 1970s.
Who was Dr Infinity? And what is his connection to John Lennon and the Gutenberg Bible? We reveal all.
The story of the enigmatic Wade Nichols, TV soap star, disco star and adult film actor, is finally revealed.
We speak to Bob Adelman who took photos of Silky, a New York pimp, in the book ‘Gentleman of Leisure.’
Last night was the premiere screening of the pilot episode of ‘The Deuce’ – the new HBO show which premieres later this year.
John Amero talks about the making of his film ‘Bacchanale’ – and shares unpublished photos from his collection.
We look at the first two films made by Lech Kowalski.