Bob Guccione in Filthy Gorgeous
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When Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione died on October 10, 2010, the obituaries dwelled on him as pornographer. That got the attention of filmmaker, Barry Avrich, a documentarian who specializes in the dramatic arc of moguls who peak and fall as a result of their own hubris: his Show Stopper told the story of theatrical producer Garth Drabinsky, for example of one larger than life figure. He also made Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project in 2011. Bob Guccione, relegated to the dust heap of porn magnate didn't cut it, and Avrich set out to find out more. The result, Filthy Gorgeous, an illuminating documentary portrait, airs on EPIX this Friday. The big reveal: Bob Guccione, whose interests also went to math and science (he created Omni Magazine), wanted to be remembered as a fine arts painter. And guess what: he could paint.
Featuring interviews with his son, Bob Guccione, Jr., who going into the family business so to speak founded Spin and Gear magazines, Jane Homlish, his perso
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