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  Exploitation film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Exploitation films, exploitative films or trash cinema is a genre of films that typically sacrifice traditional notions of artistic merit for a sensational display, often featuring sex, gore, and violence.
Classic Exploitation films made in the 1930s and 1940s were sensationalist fare at the time, and are now valued by aficionados for their nostalgic and ironic value.
A particularly important type of exploitation film of this era was the "sex hygiene" exploitation film, a remnant from the social or mental hygiene movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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 Exploitation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This corresponds to one ethical conception of exploitation, that is, the treatment of human beings as mere means to an end — or as mere "objects".
The focus of most assertions about the existence of exploitation is the socio-economic phenomenon where people trade their labor or allegiance to a powerful entity, such as the state, a corporation or any other private company.
While other theories emphasize the exploitation of one individual by an organization (or vice versa), the Marxist theory is primarily concerned with the exploitation of an entire segment or class of society by another.
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 GreenCine | Exploitation
The essence of the Exploitation film is a simultaneously prurient and moralistic exposé of taboo subject matter, subjects exerting a simultaneous attraction and repulsion.
Exploitation films were frequently screened roadshow style, a road agent traveling the country with a single print, screening it in a rented auditorium or a tent erected at the outskirts of town.
Exploitation thrived on the taboo, on revealing the unseen, and little was left unseen in the XXX era.
www.greencine.com /static/primers/exploitation.jsp   (1717 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Exploitation film
In film theory, genre refers to the primary method of film categorization.
Paracinema is the academic term for exploitation cinema or trash cinema as it is sometimes called by fans of the genre.
Exploitation films, exploitative films or trash cinema is a genre of films that typically sacrifice traditional notions of artistic merit for the sensational display of some topic about which the audience may be curious, or have some prurient, especially sex, gore, and violence.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Exploitation-film   (664 words)

 Tucson Weekly: Sin Cine (January 20 - January 26, 2000)
Although a number of quickie books celebrating exploitation films have been released over the last decade, none have approached the depth of Schaefer's ambitious study, which is scholarly in its wide scope and intellectual insight, yet still accessible to armchair film buffs.
Schaefer categorizes classical exploitation films as low-budget motion pictures that were independently produced outside of the Hollywood studio system, which had to rely on the cheap spectacle of taboo subject matter to draw audiences.
Exploitation screenings during this era became a truly oddball combination of theater, carnival and lecture hall, leading to what Schaefer describes as "a state of delirium" in the typical exploitation viewer of the day.
www.tucsonweekly.com /tw/2000-01-20/book.html   (795 words)

 Film & TV: The Wages of Sin (Memphis Flyer . 09-20-99)
And the films it distributed were governed by the Motion Picture Production Code, a set of guidelines enacted in 1934 that dictated what could and could not be depicted on screen.
True to the exploitation badge, all three explore apparently somber topics in order to bring sensational scenes of abject prurience to the big screen in the name of education.
The film also shows extremely graphic photos of corpses found at the compound after the siege, including a revolting look at what effect government-introduced cyanide gas had on an 8-year-old girl.
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 Images - The Golden Age of Exploitation
Felicia: The films that we are interested in have a pretense of addressing some valid social problem, whether it's child marriage or alcoholism or drug addiction and they use the pretense of talking about that issue to show a lot of lurid, sensational subject matter--cesarean sections, nudity, actual use of drugs.
But I think the drug films in general are quite valid in their expression of the popular fears of the day, of what drugs could do, that we still haven't escaped today.
Or a common strategy was to show a film that was fairly tame and to follow it with a loop of burlesque footage or a cesarean operation.
www.imagesjournal.com /issue08/features/exploitation/default-nf.htm   (4845 words)

 Continuum 5.2 Laseur: Oz exploitation film
Exploitation films almost contradictorily (given their capitalistic fervour) crystallize, exaggerate, and expose the 'ground rules' from which mainstream films are built.
Much of the pleasure of the exploitation film may well be precisely situated in the recognition of its satirical parody of a pompous high cultural (bourgeois) set of aesthetic proclamations.
In a situation where some films are in Tania Modleski's words "engaged in an unprecedented assault on all the bourgeois culture is supposed to cherish" [22] (the nuclear family, law and order and other cornerstones of the middle-class realm), these texts will be marginalised.
wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au /ReadingRoom/5.2/Laseur.html   (4261 words)

 TCS Daily - The Exploitation Flick Returns
While contemporary readers think of "exploitation" as a generic term, historically the "exploitation film" was a product created by a largely unknown industry to fill a specific niche.
The exploitation film industry eventually succumbed to the film genres it spawned, notably pornography and the mainstream slasher movie.
Rather than admit that the film is little more than another work from a humorous, but low-talented hack, Moore's fans must continue to inflate the importance of his unimportant movies, if only to avoid being judged as an army of suckers.
www.tcsdaily.com /article.aspx?id=062904B   (851 words)

 IGN: The Horror Geek Speaks: I Spit on Your Grave
Yes, this film is an exploitation film – filled with a nearly forty-minute long rape and torture sequence followed by four brutal murders.
Exploitation fans dig this film for a reason – it's disturbing and intense – but it's certainly not for everyone.
Yes, it's graphic and brutal, but ultimately, it's an exploitation film – meaning the low-budget and relatively unknown cast make it a film that wouldn't have ever even been a blip on the public radar...that is, until the politicians and enforcers of morality complained about it and inspired a lot of interest in the movie.
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 IGN: The Horror Geek Speaks: The Witch Who Came from the Sea
What sets the film apart is that Molly (and several of the people around her, most notably her boss/lover Long John) is no simple exploitation film slasher.
In fact, Witch is actually quite subtle for an exploitation film – filled to the brim with symbolism and imagery (the razors, the sea, Bottecelli's "The Birth of Venus" painting, etc.) – the movie works on a wide variety of levels.
In fact, the cinematography of the film is one of the main reasons that Witch works as well as it does – it doesn't look like a cheap exploitation film (this would also be the case with Cundey's work on Ilsa: Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks).
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 Scifilm -- Reviews, CORRUPTION (1967)
Part of his reasons for not attempting to move into more mainstream films or return to the stage along with the genre roles was his feeling that he had trapped himself.
The British Film Institute Companion to Horror, from which some of this was taken, describes Cushing nicely in its four column background on him: "[Peter Cushing] seemed to have to pulled himself inside out to expose the chill cruelty of the many characters he played.
Final recommendation is for fans of Peter Cushing (judge the film, not the reputation of the film), fans of exploitation cinema and of the EYES WITHOUT A FACE/THE AWFUL DOCTOR ORLOFF subgenre of the terror genre.
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 Early exploitation film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The major exploitation topics included sex and sex hygiene, prostitution and vice, drug use, nudity, and any other subject considered at the time to be in bad taste.
A particularly important type of exploitation film of this era was the "sex hygiene" exploitation film, which featured white-coated "doctors" describing the how-tos of sex education to the fascinated and naive audience.
For him, exploitation is the brand of movie that puts nudity and antisocial behavior up on the screen in the name of civic-mindedness and healthy social conscience--and with a wink.
www.jahsonic.com /EarlyExploitationFilm.html   (877 words)

 Exploitation culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
While the term was initally coined in the 1950s to describe 1930s and 1940s (the classical era of American exploitation film, see early exploitation), the practice of exploitative fiction is as old as fiction itself.
These movies - from 1930s cautionary tales about venereal diseases to 1970s porno chic — were initially shown by itinerant carnival people, later in so-called grindhouse theaters and drive-in theatres — until their death-by-video in the 1980s.
The academic interest in this genre of films began in the 1990s, where it is a subgenre of paracinema.
www.jahsonic.com /Exploitation.html   (319 words)

 Bright Lights Film Journal | British Exploitation Cinema
Back in the late fifties, however, the British exploitation film had begun to thrive, boosted by the success of Hammer horror and the snail-paced relaxation of film censorship.
A host of two-bit film outfits were created in the wake of Hammer's domestic and U.S. successes: Planet, Independent Artists, Protelco, and Compton (later Tigon) all churned out sub-Gothic hysteria, sensationally "messagey" sci-fi and rubber-masked-monster pics for hungry double-feature consumption on both sides of the Atlantic.
Walker and Shonteff are largely representative of a number of producers and directors whose careers traversed the burgeoning sex film industry in the late '60s and attempted to branch into other genres, but Long remained pragmatically committed to the initially lucrative British sex film (although he certainly appeared to have no emotional fondness for it).
www.brightlightsfilm.com /33/britishexploitation1.html   (3600 words)

 Film History of the 1970s
His next film, his first commercial film, was a AIP-Roger Corman-produced, character-driven exploitation film Boxcar Bertha (1972) designed to cash in on the Bonnie and Clyde (1967) crime film craze (and similar to Corman's own Bloody Mama (1970)), with Barbara Hershey cast as an itinerant, orphaned train robber in a Depression-era South.
The film's soundtrack was largely composed of classic rock music, and used the San Gennaro festival in New York as its backdrop.
The film's realism and dark presentation of child prostitution and the seedy underworld, exemplified in Robert De Niro's characterization of Travis Bickle ("You talkin' to me?"), was as startling as Marlon Brando's performance as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) two and a half decades earlier.
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 Midnight Eye Round-Up: 1970s Exploitation special: capsule reviews of 'Battles Without Honour and Humanity 2', 'Female ...
Nevertheless, the film stands largely apart from the continuity of the series (though Sugawara appears in a bit part as Hirono, now scraping together a living at the docks as the head of his own tiny gang).
Though never stooping to any real lows, the film glides along pleasantly at best and unremarkably at worst as Yuki is first sent to and then freed from jail, and hired to assassinate an anarchist who turns out to not be such a bad chap after all.
Although he qualifies as the heir to such leading men as Ken Takakura and Bunta Sugawara, bringing along a distinctly contemporary edge that was all his own, Yusaku Matsuda had the misfortune of arriving too late to work with the same kind of material and talent as his illustrious predecessors.
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 Monsters At Play: The Devil's Rejects Review
In what can only be described as an 'unofficial' sequel to House of 1000 Corpses (review here), The Devil's Rejects is very much writer/director Rob Zombie's ode to the 70's exploitation film, as House of 1000 Corpses was his homage to the gritty 70's horror film.
For someone who's as acquainted with the films that he's emulating (Zombie is obviously a huge fan himself), the joke is over short after it begins.
In the end, the film is too long, and ultimately I found that only bits and pieces of it were enjoyable (Much like House of 1000 Corpses as well).
www.monstersatplay.com /review/film/rejects.php   (899 words)

 Exploitation « Posterwire.com
The film, by exploitation producer Samuel Z. Arkoff and director Willam Gridler, was reportedly to be titled The Blackorcist.
The "grindhouse" film circuit became an early incarnation of "indie" filmmaking -- independent roadshow filmmakers made and exhibited films that titillate by addressing such forbidden topics as sex and drugs, which the mainstream film studios were unable to do.
The film's poster also illustrates another advantage that small-time producers had over their mainstream studio competition -- it was relatively cheap and easy to generate a salacious and provocative one-sheet poster, regardless of a film's budget.
www.posterwire.com /archives/category/exploitation   (2007 words)

 notcoming.com | Asylum of Satan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
What these “real” films are is neither explicitly addressed nor determined, but it is assumed that critic and audience have a generally agreed upon sense of taste.
It is indeed worse in ways than many films, but it is also better in ways than many films, especially in the ways that count (enjoyability foremost among them).
It used to be that the stamp of approval of a certain critic was a veritable guarantee that a film was worthy of your attention.
www.notcoming.com /reviews.php?id=299   (841 words)

 Reason: Kroger Babb’s Roadshow: How a long-running movie walked the thin line between exploitation and education
Watching the film today, it’s all but impossible to recreate the atmosphere of a capacity audience waiting breathlessly to see things they knew were forbidden and probably shocking.
Mainstream Hollywood despised these films, mainly because they feared they would lead to more censorship, but in their efforts to run the exploitation producers out of business they had to argue against what were always presented as educational films.
He got the exploitation roadshow bug when he hooked up with an outfit called Cox and Underwood, which was peddling an aging sex hygiene film called Dust to Dust that was actually a 1935 film called High School Girl with a live-birth reel slapped onto the end.
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 Montreal World Film Festival
At a time when pushing the cinematic envelope means more sex and violence (as in the lurid French exploitation film à scandale Baise-moi), Cox dares to break one of the real taboos of the film industry: making an intelligent film about old age, love, and death.
Roger Ebert, who caught the flick at a private screening at the Cannes market in May, declared it the most impressive film of the whole event, and he was right.
Gray was among the mid-week guests of honor on hand to promote his latest, the Cannes competion film The Yards, shown as part of the Worlds Great section.
www.filmfestivals.com /int/overviews/2000/montreal_00_1sept.htm   (469 words)

 Exploitation Film Reviews Data   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Exploitation!, as the gang of four succinctly put it, is the subject of this issue's film book reviews.
They have written a new book, forbidden fruit the golden age of the exploitation film, that chronicles this largely neglected period in film history.
Remember all of those what would jesus do bracelets and necklaces - because for an exploitation film, it sure doesn't exploit speaking of exploitation what's an exploitation film without the perfect awesome score is a major character in the film.
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 Chained For Life - Classic Exploitation Classic Movies on DVD (1951) - Alpha Video : Oldies.com
Siamese twins are accused of murder in this campy exploitation film.
Some long stertches of film are spent watching a juggler, an accordionist (does two tunes!) and then the Hilton's will do a song or two (the same song three times).
Film Collectors and Archivists: Alpha Video is actively looking for rare and unusual pre-1943 motion pictures, in good condition, from Monogram, PRC, Tiffany, Chesterfield, and other independent studios for release on DVD.
www.oldies.com /product-view/4418D.html   (525 words)

 Film & TV: Film Clips (Tucson Weekly . 08-28-00)
The result is a visually stunning film with a horrifying and often stupid storyline, but parts of it look so good that it may well be worth seeing.
In the hands of another director, this would be just an exploitation film.
Verhoeven, however, presents an exploitation film that is also a sly commentary on movies and their treatment of heroes and villains.
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