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Lights, camera, lots of action. And a script?

The days of storytelling in porn a la ‘Deep Throat’ are long gone as viewers’ attention spans shorten and studios tailor content to be uploaded to the Net

By Matt Richtel  /  NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , NEW YORK

“The feature is not as big a part of the industry today,” Orenstein said. But he says he still plans two to three bigger-budget releases each year, including the recently shot 2040, which is about the pornography business of the future. Orenstein described the movie as “an almost Romeo-and-Juliet story between an aging porn star and a cyborg.”

In lieu of plot, there are themes. Among the new releases from New Sensations, a studio that makes 24 movies a month, is Girls ’N Glasses, made up of scenes of women having sex while wearing glasses. “It’s almost like we’re back to the late ’70s or early ’80s when the average movie was eight minutes and just a sex scene,” Hirsch said, sounding wistful.

Some in the industry would prefer their sex with a little more character development.

Samson, for example, said she took her acting seriously and used to prepare studiously for her roles, like the character she played in the 2006 movie Flasher.

She said she played a psychotic who, because of the way her mother treated her, “had an obsession with flashing and doing things in public.”

“I used to have dialogue,” said Samson, whose given name is Natalie Oliveros, and who is one of the industry’s biggest stars.

“Getting it on in one hardcore scene after another just isn’t as much fun,” she added.

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