Believe it or not, there was a time before the internet when pornographic images weren't everywhere, and people went to the cinema to what they called 'dirty movies'. There was even a brief period between the relaxation of censorship in the late 60s and the advent of 'porno chic' in the mid-70s when audiences would flock to films emerging from the underground with content which the mainstream wouldn't touch, which allowed the careers of such filmmakers as Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey and John Waters to flourish.
One obscurity form this era is The Telephone Book, the only film made by Saturday Night Live writer Nelson Lee, screening tonight as part of Matchbox Cineclub. Lee had excellent underground credential, getting Warhol superstars Ondine and Ultra Violet to perform in the film - allegedly, Warhol was also originally in it, though his footage ended up on the room cutting floor!
The film is a satire on sexual mores in New York in the early 70s, telling the story of Alice, a sex-obsessed hippie, who receives an obscene phone call from a man claiming to be the 'greatest obscene phone caller' (the things people did before Snapchat), and sets out to find him. Could this film be some bizarre precursor to Elle - I certainly hope it's funnier. There's only one way to find out, as the film is currently unavailable by strictly legal means, so go to the CCA..