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Grindhouse: The Forbidden History of "Adults Only" Cinema

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  48 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Grindhouse lovingly traces the sordid history of the "adults only" film, from Poverty Row productions of the 1930s to the swinging '70s and the days of free love. In truth, the movies themselves were extremely tame by today's standards--replaced by hardcore pornography and the advent of VCRs. Grindhouse brims with rare posters and lobby cards for these outrageous subcultur ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by St. Martin's Press
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Mike Jensen
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is not about the X-Rated films familiar since the 70s, but the tame precursors that promised a bit of skin, told stories about naughty girls, and sent the Legion of Decency into conniptions long before they had a reason to connip. Anyone who studies cinema becomes aware of these back-room romps, flirty stories, burlesque showcases, and fake documentaries, but real information is hard to come by. The authors did me a service by surveying this dreary field, writing about the better-known ...more
Ray
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm a fan of Eddie Muller, especially his dvd commentaries of classic noir films. This book is ok, but a lot of time is spent on a few publishers. The business men chronicled here are like film noir character actors with a little too much screen time. One of the more interesting aspects of the book for me is the "entrepreneurial spirit" some of these guys had and the difficulties around distribution of "risque" material. Keep in mind that this wasn't just about pinup photos. A number of classic ...more
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Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book is a lot of fun. It's a breezy romp through the history of exploitation movies in the United States. While it does deal with movies from other parts of the world it only discusses them in the context of their distribution in the U.S. Muller and Faris have a great deal of enthusiasm for the subject, though they don't always get their facts right. While Jack Nicholson did write the screenplay for Roger Corman's movie The Trip, he didn't appear in the film, which starred Peter Fonda. And ...more
Jason Coffman
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An enormously entertaining, thoroughly researched, and copiously illustrated history of the American exploitation film. Sort of like a "greatest hits" reel version of Eric Schaefer's "Bold! Daring! Shocking! True: A History of Exploitation Films 1919-1959." I would seriously recommend both books, but "Grindhouse" is a good place to start reading up if you're curious about the subject.
Dennis
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: John Waters fans, movie buffs, psychotronic film fans
If you love movies, you must read this book. This is a great, quick, loving look at the 'adult' movie throughout its history. Filled with great graphics and sketches of the roadshow characters who traveled the country with 'hygiene' films and mondo trash. Funny, fun and thought-provoking, too.
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EDDIE MULLER is a second generation San Franciscan, product of a lousy public school education, a couple of crazy years in art school, and too much time in newspaper offices and sporting arenas. No college, but he's compensated by always hanging around smarter people, an effortless feat typically accomplished in bars.

Despite repeated warnings, he followed in his father's footsteps, earning a livin
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