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“Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!”: A History of by Eric Schaefer

By Eric Schaefer

Unashamed nudists, high-flying hopheads, brazen strippers, vicious vice lords, and highschool ladies who locate themselves “in difficulty” contain the inhabitants of exploitation movies. within the first full-scale background of those reasonably priced videos of many years earlier, Eric Schaefer unearths how this pioneering type of “trash movie” purveyed the forbidden thrills of particular sexual habit, drug use, and vice that the mainstream motion picture couldn't show.
Bold! bold! stunning! True! is a meticulously researched, interdisciplinary research that's proficient by way of a variety of sources—including either mainstream and newspapers and periodicals, archival debts, own interviews, and the movies themselves. Schaefer starts via 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 means price ticket to Hell, and The Wages of Sin demonstrates that those movies have been greater than easily “bad” video clips. by means of situating exploitation movies in a ancient context and organizing them in response to the social difficulties they addressed, Schaefer indicates how they developed in the course of a interval of 40 years and the way, in the course of that point, they formed public guidelines and attitudes. ultimately, he makes a speciality of the adjustments 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 photos, posters, construction stills, and advert slicks, and supplying an entire filmography, Bold! bold! stunning! True! finds a forgotten aspect of movie background and American tradition. it is going to satisfaction and tell these drawn to movie historical past, cultural stories, American reports and historical past, and the numerous fanatics of exploitation films.

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