With the addition of VCA to VideoBox’s studio lineup, I’ve been thinking a bit lately about what qualifies a movie as a “classic.” Depending on who’s doing the answering, a classic seems like it could be anything released before 2000. Obviously that can’t be the case.
Perhaps we can learn from the world of classic rock. Although the definition seems to be a rolling one (what gets played on classic rock radio today is definitely different from what was played 5 years ago), there is a loosely agreed-upon definition that most stations seem to adhere to.
I went and checked the playlists for a few stations (WZLX in Boston, WLUP in Chicago, WDVE in Pittsburgh) and found that generally speaking, classics tend to come from the years between 1965 and 1985. Looking at the “classic” VCA movies on VB, the non-compilation movies made in that era are:
- Debbie Does Dallas 2 (1981)
- Barbara Broadcast (1977)
- New Wave Hookers (1985)
However, these movies – categorized the exact same way – were made after 1985:
- Night Shift Nurses (1987)
- Curse of the Catwoman (1991)
- The Catwoman (1988)
It’s hard for me to call a movie made in 1991 a classic. I might even be willing to expand the definition of include anything up to 1989, but it just seems like a stretch to call things made within the last 2 decades classics.
What do you guys think? What era really qualifies as “classic porn?” Does it depend on how old you are?