At a Theater or Drive-in Near You: The History, Culture, and Politics of the American Exploitation Film, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

At a Theater or Drive-in Near You

The History, Culture, and Politics of the American Exploitation Film, 1st Edition

By Randall Clark


248 pages

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Millions of Americans have been thrilled, scared, titillated, and shocked by exploitation movies, low budget films with many scenes of sex, violence, and other potentially lurid elements. The term derives from the fact that promoters of such films exploit the contents in advertising that plays up the sexual or violent aspects of the films. This is the first comprehensive study of the American exploitation film to be published. It discusses five distinct genres: the teen movie, the sexploitation film, the martial arts movie, the blaxploitation film and the lawbreaker picture. Contained within these genres are many popular American film types, including beach movies, biker pictures, and women's prison movies. The study provides a history and sociopolitical analysis of each genre, focusing on significant films in those genres. It also discusses the economics of exploitation films and their place in the motion picture industry, the development of drive-in theaters, the significance of the teenage audience, and the effect of the videocassette. Finally, the book applies major film and cultural theories to establish an aesthetic for evaluating the exploitation film and to explore the relationship between film and audience.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction 1. What are Exploitation Movies 2. Review of the Literature 3. Methodology 4. The Decline of the ‘B’ and Rise of the Exploitation Film 5. Teenage Films 6. Sexploitation 7. Lawbreaker Films 8. The Martial Arts Film 9. Blaxploitation Films 10. Towards an Understanding of Exploitation Films. Afterword. Appendix 1: Genre Filmographies. Appendix 2: Director’s Filmographies. Index of Films. General Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Cinema

Reissuing works originally published between 1914 and 1996, Routledge Library Editions: Cinema offers a selection of scholarship covering the movies. Volumes range from film propaganda to the epic film genre, women in cinema to Soviet cinema, silent film to horror series, and touch on acting, screenwriting and film production among other areas making this a comprehensive collection of previously out-of-print works.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Reference
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies