[Imprimatur EN] Porn to the people!

Kostas Gousgounis, the Greek legend

Dimitra Koutla

A real man and a surreal porn star, Kostas Gousgounis transformed the scene of pornography in Greece during the 70s and 80s. He was not handsome: bald, with large ears and a rather primitive sex technique, he revolutionized the porn industry, which always lacked fine acting and clever plots. What he gave to the public was brutality, exaggerated moanings and unbelievable lines. The genre he helped create can best be described as surreal sex comedy and is distinguished by a general lack of seriousness and a high degree of self-mocking.

When the rest of his colleagues struggled with tacky screenplays and dull plots, Gousgounis was allowed by his directors to improvise on screen, but during the heat of the moment, his imagination somehow failed him. The result? His catch-
phrase and final line of all his attempt at meaningful dialogues, prior to the furiouslovemaking: “I will fuck you!

The screen character of Gousgounis was a working-class man with simple tastes, easily pleased and not too picky in his choice of partners. Gousgounis gave multiple orgasms without discrimination to tourists, housewives in need of a plumber as well as his wife. As for the location: anywhere and anytime. Beaches, hills, greek islands, apartments in Athens and offices, the archetypal fucker performed admirably everywhere. He never claimed to be an intellectual, or speak foreign languages. He never demonstrated a sophisticated sex technique. He was raw, real, dirty, like real sex.

Gousgounis starred in several erotic adventures before moving on to the genre that made him famous, soft porn. His first erotic film was Sex…13 Beaufort (1971),  an Italian and Greek co-production, where he plays a fisherman who gets stranded on a small island and seduces the light keeper’s daughter. The only hard-core porn film he starred in, The Peeping Tom (1984), where he runs around in huge plastic glasses and a gigantic cigar, has left an indelible mark in greek porn. As for his soft porn films, they omitted showing the genitals during the actual sex scenes to avoid the dictatorship’s censorship and attracted huge crowds at the screenings, from students to members of the elite upper classes. During the dictatorship (1967-1974), when demonstrations were forbidden, the crowds gathered in huge numbers to worship the
hero of greek cult cinema. Holding candles and lighters to honour the memory of Gousgounis, who died at the end of almost all of his movies, the occasion of the film screenings took the form of popular demonstrations, providing an outlet for the oppressed Greek people. In the time of fascism, Gousgounis became the face (and dick) of popular protest.

He said…

Gousgounis is sitting on the couch and his wife returns from the super-market:
Gousgounis: Did you buy feta cheese?
Wife: No.
Gousgounis: I think you want to be fucked!

Gousgounis returns home, after a long day working as a plumber.
Gousgounis: What did you make for lunch?
Wife: Pasta.
Gousgounis: Pasta? I will fuck you!

Gousgounis’ daughter brings a friend home and they are all sitting in the living room.
Gousgounis (to his daughter’s friend): Do you take it in the ass?
His daughter: Dad!!!!
Gousgounis: I was only trying to break the ice!

Gousgounis is fucking a woman.
“I wish I had a beer now!” A hand appears out of nowhere, holding a glass of beer.
Gousgounis drinks the beer and keeps on fucking…

It’s early in the morning. Gousgounis has placed his dick on the radiator.
Woman: What are you doing there?
Gousgounis: I’m heating up your breakfast!

Traduzione in italiano di Michele Martini

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