A Behind the Scenes Look at the Life of One of the Kings of Porn

The documentary film “Rocco” literally swept through the life of one of the most powerful and recognizable personalities in pornography: Rocco Siffredi. Offering the viewer a chance to better know the person behind the personal brand “Rocco Siffredi” and to an extent, the industry he worked in, giving audiences a glimpse into a world that otherwise functioned in a closed off way to the public.                                                               Filmmakers did a wonderful job of capturing the world of pornography in all its glory, crudity, and humanity along with its daring without judging or exalting it, showing you a culture within the world of porn you’ve never seen before. The directors Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai could have described the climate inherent in pornography as akin to an addiction to sex. The film itself highlights the end of the era of the “Italian Stallion” as a turning point in Rocco Siffredi’s life. He is now retired as an actor.
This film clearly shows a special relationship that Rocco has with all the females in his life. It shows the story of his mother, clearly waiting on him to become who he was meant to be, his spouse, who he was waiting for permission from before continuing his career, and the actresses in the films. These dominant and submissive relationships were more complex than they appeared.

Rocco confesses to the audience a paradoxical truth about the two sides of his personality, a “dark devil” and a “humanitarian angel” that were captured throughout filming his daily routine for two years’ time. Through his personality and pornography, filmmakers were able to touch on universal themes involving desire and guilt, and open the veiled state of mind of an actor who was fully entangled in existential and moral questions about duty, transgression, and unhappiness.

“When I have everything, I do everything to break it. My sexuality is my devil” said Siffredi, who has appeared in more than 1500 films and worked in the industry for 30 years as an actor. The fascinating thing about his personality to us, is that he was able to maintain the balance between his home life, and a life that was quite outlandish and out of the ordinary.

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