Mona the Virgin Nymph

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Mona the Virgin Nymph (or simply Mona) was the first pornographic film depicting explicit sex to receive wide theatrical release in the United States (1970),[1] following the previous decade's nudist-themed films. The minimal plot involves Mona (played by Fifi Watson), who has promised her mother that she would remain a virgin until her impending marriage.

Mona paved the way for films of explicit sex that later appeared in theaters—the Golden Age of Porn—and was the model on which those films were based; indeed, Deep Throat borrowed elements of its plot two years later.[2]

It was produced by Bill Osco and directed by Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm,[3] though the film was screened without credits due to legal concerns. The earnings from this film helped finance the directors' later film Flesh Gordon. The team also produced another adult movie Harlot (1971), and Bill Osco later produced the similarly explicit Alice in Wonderland (1976).


  1. ^ "Pornography". Pornography Girl. Archived from the original on May 6, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2013. The first explicitly pornographic film with a plot that received a general theatrical release in the U.S. is generally considered to be Mona (Mona the Virgin Nymph)... 
  2. ^ "Sex in Cinema: 1970 Greatest and Most Influential Erotic / Sexual Films and Scenes". Film Site. p. 21. Retrieved January 16, 2012. This film's storyline was borrowed, to some degree, by Gerard Damiano's Deep Throat (1972). 
  3. ^ "Flesh Gordon Interview 3". Archived from the original on August 8, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 

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