With catchy titles like Hot Summer in the City, Captain Lust, Pleasure Palace, Nightdreams, Honey Buns, and Aunt Peg, the 1970s and early 80s were the undisputed golden age of the American hardcore sex film. Real movies performed by passionate actors, backed up with genuine plots, retro style and levels of imagination that hit peaks that have not been seen since. This was the era of porno chic. Graphic Thrills Volume Two proudly assembles another stunning selection of debauched and innuendo-packed theatrical film posters, with glorious unabashed sexuality dripping from every page. These joyous and colourful odes to sultry sin were designed to hang in the lobbies and front windows of the porno theaters and grindhouses of yesteryear. Lit by neon and shimmering marquee lights, each come-on promised curious patrons lurid drama, kinky excitement, easy love, and a myriad of exotic fantasies come true. Graphic Thrills Volume Two celebrates the epoch of the classic American XXX movie poster. A former writer for New York s Screw magazine and the creator of underground film zine Cinema Sewer, author Robin Bougie probes the history of these classic films, interviews the people who made them, and provides candid in-depth reviews. It s time to drop your defences, turn on, and prepare to play dirty once again... get ready for more Graphic Thrills!"
The 1970s and early '80s were the golden era of the American hardcore sex film. This legendary cycle of adult filmmaking was distinguished by both the quality of the movies and the advertising that promoted them. Real movies made by directors with a vision, performed by passionate actors, backed up with genuine plots, drama, and imagination that hit peaks the industry hasn't seen before or since. This first volume of Graphic Thrills proudly assembles 140 of these debauched and innuendo-packed one-sheets, with glorious unabashed sexuality dripping from every page.
In this groundbreaking investigation into the nature and meanings of melodrama in American culture between 1880 and 1920, Ben Singer offers a challenging new reevaluation of early American cinema and the era that spawned it. Singer looks back to the sensational or "blood and thunder" melodramas (e.g., The Perils of Pauline, The Hazards of Helen, etc.) and uncovers a fundamentally modern cultural expression, one reflecting spectacular transformations in the sensory environment of the metropolis, in the experience of capitalism, in the popular imagination of gender, and in the exploitation of the thrill in popular amusement. Written with verve and panache, and illustrated with 100 striking photos and drawings, Singer's study provides an invaluable historical and conceptual map both of melodrama as a genre on stage and screen and of modernity as a pivotal idea in social theory.
This exciting collection addresses action and adventure from the silent to the contemporary period exploring diverse questions of aesthetics, industry and ideology. Action has established itself as one of the leading commercial genres of the New Hollywood cinema, generating extensive debate in the process. Contributors consider how action might best be defined, how it has developed historically, and how it works formally. The critical reception and standing of action and adventure cinema is considered in relation to questions of national culture, violence and the 'art' of cinema. Themes explored include genre and definitions; early action, sensation and melodrama; authorship and action; national and transnational action-adventure traditions; action aesthetics; spectacle and narrative; stars and bodies; class; gender; race and ethnicity. Attempting to evaluate the significance of this type of filmmaking for both popular cinema and film studies, the book underlines the central place of action and adventure within film history.
Release on 2016-09-22 | by Austin Fisher,Johnny Walker
Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond
Author: Austin Fisher,Johnny Walker
Pubpsher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category: Performing Arts
The pervasive image of New York's 42nd Street as a hub of sensational thrills, vice and excess, is from where “grindhouse cinema,” the focus of this volume, stemmed. It is, arguably, an image that has remained unchanged in the mind's eye of many exploitation film fans and academics alike. Whether in the pages of fanzines or scholarly works, it is often recounted how, should one have walked down this street between the 1960s and the 1980s, one would have undergone a kaleidoscopic encounter with an array of disparate “exploitation” films from all over the world that were being offered cheaply to urbanites by a swathe of vibrant movie theatres. The contributors to Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond consider “grindhouse cinema” from a variety of cultural and methodological positions. Some seek to deconstruct the etymology of “grindhouse” itself, add flesh to the bones of its cadaverous history, or examine the term's contemporary relevance in the context of both media production and consumerism. Others offer new inroads into hitherto unexamined examples of exploitation film history, presenting snapshots of cultural moments that many of us thought we already knew.
The unquenchable thirst of Dracula. The animal lust of Mr. Hyde. The acquiescence of Lewis Carroll's Alice. Victorian literature--with its overtones of prudishness, respectability, and Old World hypocrisy--belies a subverted eroticism. The Victorian Gothic is monstrous but restrained, repressed but perverse, static but transformative, and preoccupied by gender and sexuality in both regressive and progressive ways. Laura Helen Marks investigates the contradictions and seesawing gender dynamics in Victorian-inspired adult films and looks at why pornographers persist in drawing substance and meaning from the era's Gothic tales. She focuses on the particular Victorianness that pornography prefers, and the mythologies of the Victorian era that fuel today's pornographic fantasies. In turn, she exposes what porning the Victorians shows us about pornography as a genre. A bold foray into theory and other forbidden places, Alice in Pornoland reveals how modern-day Victorian Gothic pornography constantly emphasizes, navigates, transgresses, and renegotiates issues of gender, sexuality, and race.
A reference to the 50 most erotic films in the history of cinema, including Caligula, Last Tango in Paris, Emanuelle and Wild Orchid. Lists the sexiest star of each decade and looks at bizarre couplings, censorship and auto-eroticism.
The Adults Only Guide to History's Sickest and Sexiest Movies!
Author: Robin Bougie
Pubpsher: Cinema Sewer
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
The celebrated underground smash that is Cinema Sewer the magazine has been transformed and mutated into CINEMA SEWER: THE BOOK - and following the outstanding popularity of the first six books, VOLUME SEVEN has been unleashed onto a now far-less-unsuspecting world! A mind-melting compilation of gonzo writing, illustration and comics about the most insane, sexy, awkward, cheesy, hilarious, upsetting and jaw-dropping movies in the history of film, Cinema Sewer joyously and shamelessly celebrates the sleazy aspects of bizarre cinematic history. Issues 30 and 31 of Robin Bougie's celebrated independent magazine are revisited in this seventh wild FAB Press volume, along with an additional 80 pages of never-before-seen interviews, rants, comics, hard-to-find classic movie advertising, and graphic illustrations by Bougie and his talented friends from both the comic book and animation industries. Regardless of whether readers are just discovering the world of classic porn, horror, and exploitation movies, or if they're long time fans, they'll find plenty to get excited about, as they gleefully slosh around in the filth of the Cinema Sewer!