Perhaps in defiance and "to spice up a film", this was followed by many kiss imitators, including The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899) and The Kiss (1900).
A tableau vivant style was used in short film The Birth of the Pearl (1901) The pose is in the style of Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.
Production of erotic films commenced almost immediately after the invention of the motion picture.
Two of the earliest pioneers were Frenchmen Eugène Pirou and Albert Kirchner.
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.
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.
Hardcore pornography is pornography that depicts penetration or extreme fetish acts, or both.
It contains graphic sexual activity and visible penetration.
A distinction is sometimes made between "erotic" films and "pornographic" films on the basis that the latter contain more explicit sexuality, and focus more on arousal than storytelling, but the distinction is highly subjective.
Pornographic films are produced and distributed on a variety of media, depending on demand and the technology available, including traditional film stock in various formats, video for home viewing, DVDs, Internet download, cable TV and other media.
Films with risqué content have been produced since the invention of the motion picture in the 1880s.