By Eric Schaefer
Unashamed nudists, high-flying hopheads, brazen strippers, vicious vice lords, and highschool women who locate themselves “in trouble” contain the inhabitants of exploitation motion pictures. within the first full-scale heritage of those most economical videos of many years earlier, Eric Schaefer finds how this pioneering kind of “trash film” purveyed the forbidden thrills of specific sexual habit, drug use, and vice that the mainstream motion picture couldn't show.
Bold! bold! stunning! True! is a meticulously researched, interdisciplinary learn that's expert through quite a lot of sources—including either mainstream and newspapers and periodicals, archival debts, own interviews, and the movies themselves. Schaefer starts through exploring the original mode of creation of exploitation video clips, their distribution, and the outrageous exhibition practices that have been rooted within the traditions of sideshows and carnivals. His shut research of dozens of flicks, reminiscent of The highway to Ruin, Modern Motherhood, One method price ticket to Hell, and The Wages of Sin demonstrates that those movies have been greater than easily “bad” video clips. by way of situating exploitation movies in a old context and organizing them in line with the social difficulties they addressed, Schaefer exhibits how they advanced in the course of a interval of 40 years and the way, in the course of that point, they formed public rules and attitudes. eventually, he specializes in the alterations within the postwar American movie that ended in the decline of the classical exploitation movie and set the degree for the increase of “sexploitation” within the 1960s.
Engagingly written, illustrated with infrequent pictures, posters, construction stills, and advert slicks, and providing a whole filmography, Bold! bold! surprising! True! unearths a forgotten part of movie background and American tradition. it is going to satisfaction and tell these drawn to movie historical past, cultural experiences, American reviews and historical past, and the various lovers of exploitation films.
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London had reinstituted a modest rebuilding program centering about two 16-inch-gun battleships that would eventually materialize as Nelson and Rodney. ”53 But naval rivalries had far outdistanced public opinion. To a stunned world still gasping from the terrible exertions of 1914–1918 and contemplating the beginnings of a postwar economic slump, another arms race seemed nothing less than criminal. 54 Yet who would step forth to declare a halt? Certainly not the French, who remained obsessed with a German revival.
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Bold! Daring! Shocking! True: A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959 by Eric Schaefer