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.
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.
Before Schwarzer's productions, erotic films were provided by the Pathé brothers from French produced sources.
In 1911, Saturn was dissolved by the censorship authorities which destroyed all the films they could find, though some have since resurfaced from private collections.
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.
Hardcore pornography is pornography that depicts penetration or extreme fetish acts, or both.
It contains graphic sexual activity and visible penetration.
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.