From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse: Highbrow and Lowbrow Transgression in Cinema's First Century

From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse: Highbrow and Lowbrow Transgression in Cinema's First Century


While there are lots of books on artwork and exploitation cinema, only a few try to learn either. overlaying the 1st a hundred years of cinematic transgressions, From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse is a suite of diverse essays representing key contributions to ignored, forgotten, or under-analyzed elements of movie background. From cult favorites like Arch corridor Jr. to respected yet under-documented marquee names like Lon Chaney, filmmakers either significant and minor are lined right here.

Starting with a bit that pairs exploitation pioneers like Dwain Esper along innovative auteurs like Erich Von Stroheim, the quantity records the bleeding fringe of the high/low cultural divide. different essays study the sexual melodramas of Weimer German cinema, discover the concept that of Borat as a version for the recent standardized cult movie, and talk about the flicks of administrators Tod Browning, Pier Pasolini, and Peter Watkins. This quantity additionally includes a part dedicated to the belief of "reality" inside and out the documentary sphere, emphasizing audiences' wish to think that "this is de facto happening," even if they are horrified or titillated. Addressing many features of "transgression" in cinema, those essays recommend that the gap among the venues and the audiences will not be relatively as vast as audience may imagine.

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