Today, pornographic films can be sold or rented on DVD, shown through Internet streaming and special channels and pay-per-view on cable and satellite, and in rapidly disappearing adult theaters.They are generally not permitted to be shown in mainstream cinemas or on free-to-air television.Pornographic films, or sex films, are films that present sexually explicit subject matter for the purpose of sexual arousal and erotic satisfaction of the viewer.Pornographic films present sexual fantasies and usually include erotically stimulating material such as nudity and depictions of sexual intercourse.Because the viewing of such films carried a social stigma, they were viewed at brothels, adult movie theaters, stag parties, at home, in private clubs and also at night cinemas.Only in the 1970s, during the Golden Age of Porn, were pornographic films semi-legitimized; and by the 1980s, pornography on home video achieved wider distribution.In Austria, cinemas would organise men-only theatre nights (called Herrenabende) at which adult films would be shown.
The 7-minute 1896 film Le Coucher de la Mariée had Louise Willy performing a bathroom striptease.
The rise of the Internet in the late 1990s and early 2000s similarly changed the way pornographic films were distributed and furthermore, complicating the censorship regimes around the world and the legal prosecution of obscenity.
Pornographic films are typically categorized as either softcore or hardcore pornography.
It was a 47-second film loop, with a close-up of a nuzzling couple followed by a short peck on the lips ("the mysteries of the kiss revealed").
The kissing scene was denounced as shocking and obscene to early moviegoers and caused the Roman Catholic Church to call for censorship and moral reform - because kissing in public at the time could lead to prosecution.