Frank Henenlotter's lengthy and loving documentary on the evolution of low-grade soft-core exploitation fare traces the origins of this endearingly seedy stuff to the 1920's and scrupulously addresses its many distinct permutations throughout several decades that stops at the early 1970's. Henenlotter leaves virtually no stone unturned: Among the debauched delights to be relished within are short loops, the 1930's Hays Code, the legendary group of exploitation filmmakers known as the Forty Thieves, roughies, nudie cuties, sex hygiene pictures, military VD instructional films, pin-up girls, fake sex experts, burlesque shows, nudist camp documentaries, Doris Wishman, body painting, Dan Sonney, the Olga features, Michael and Robert Findlay's notoriously nasty Flesh trilogy, lesbianism, Marsha Jordan, tripped-out dope flicks, the creation of the ratings system, gay cinema, storefront theaters, white coaters, and the advent of hardcore porn, which basically put the kibosh on sexploitation cinema. Moreover, the always amiable and animated David F. Friedman relates a wealth of fascinating information. Highly recommended viewing for fans of blithely trashy schlock cinema.
Before the advent of modern-day pornography, a vast and rapidly-paced world of smut peddling was the norm, complete with its own secret history. This documentary reveals the untold story of American cinema's gloriously sordid cinematic past. Starting in the 1920s, expert exploiteer David F. Friedman and Henenlotter navigate us through more than five salacious decades of skin flicks. It's the true story of dirty movies, traced in elegant detail from the bizarre locations where these nudie shorts were screened to the ongoing legal battles fought by their promoters. And of course there are the stories of the innovators themselves, people who often risked their own security and livelihood to make these films, believing in some way that what they were doing wasn't a 'bad' thing - and that it could rake in some dough. —Mike Hunchback
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December 08, 2021 at 06:48 AM