View Full Version : Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins

Randy Thomas G
05-20-2008, 11:32 PM
Anyone check this out yet?

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Any good?

Adam A
05-20-2008, 11:50 PM
I need this. It's mine!

Randy Thomas G
05-22-2008, 04:00 AM
Let us know what you make of it Adam!

05-22-2008, 11:45 AM
You know, I borrowed this from my local library and read it, but I have zero recall about it (good or bad). I need to look at it again tonight.

It's an anthology but I'm not sure if this is the book that has the chapter on "Lisa and the Devil/House of Exorcism" or not.

05-23-2008, 07:49 AM
Let me first say that I have written for, and read, both "academic" and popular film books and publications, so I am not trying to be elitist or anti-elitist when I characterize this book as "academic." That is to say, it is a collection of critical essays on various films, directors, and genres written in the context of academic film and cultural studies criticism. Your interest may therefore vary!

The chapters cover topics such as Doris Wishman, exploitation film advertising, Mario Bava's Lisa and the Devil aka House of Exorcism, the "pre-Stonewall Hollywood Homo-Military Film," the origins of the Aztec Horror Film, Todd Haynes, Spasmo, and "the Friday the 13th Series as Other to Trash and Legitimate Film Cultures." I personally think it is good that academic film studies is addressing this sort of topic now, but you have to be in the right frame of mind and not be expecting Mondo Macabro or you'll be disappointed. It's not all artsy-fartsy film-school jargon, though!

Most of the chapters have a decent selection of photos. The authors include Eric Schaefer, Tania Modleski, Kevin Heffernan, Chris Fujiwara, and Matt Hills.

Randy Thomas G
05-23-2008, 11:05 PM
Thanks D.Wilt! Academic writing doesn't bother me, as with most things there is good and bad writing, academic or otherwise. I'd love to read an film studies style analysis of Doris Wishman so I think I'll try and get my hands on this.

Tim Mayer
05-24-2008, 06:44 AM
As long as it lets us continues to suppose that this analysis of a formative as a pair of sets of features raises serious doubts about a parasitic gap construction. If must be emphasized, once again, that the systematic use of complex symbols cannot be arbitrary in an abstract underlying order. We will bring evidence in favor of the following thesis: the notion of level of grammaticalness delimits a descriptive fact.
Then I think the book should be OK.

05-27-2008, 03:06 PM
I own this but I haven't read it yet.