However, various groups within society considered such depictions immoral, labelling them pornographic, and attempting to have them suppressed under obscenity laws, with varying degrees of success.
Such films continued to be produced but could only be distributed by underground channels.
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.
Films with risqué content have been produced since the invention of the motion picture in the 1880s.
Production of such films was profitable, and a number of producers began to specialise in their production.
Kirchner (under the name "Léar") directed the earliest surviving erotic film for Pirou.
The 7-minute 1896 film Le Coucher de la Mariée had Louise Willy performing a bathroom striptease.
Her gyrating and moving pelvis was censored, one of the earliest films to be censored.A pornographic work is characterized as hardcore if it has any hardcore content.Pornographic films are generally classified into subgenres which describe the sexual fantasy which the film and actors attempt to create.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.In general, softcore pornography is pornography that does not depict explicit sexual activity, sexual penetration or extreme fetishism.