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Scum Cinema: America Through the Eyes of the Exploitation Film
by Benash, W. Richard, M.A.L.S., Dartmouth College, 2019, 797; 13879566
Abstract (Summary)

As long as the cinema has existed to entertain, it has also existed to shock and appall. For the entirety of film history, renegade filmmakers have worked outside the boundaries of the major studios, government standards, and good taste, trafficking in the taboo, the sensational, and the marginal, making films featuring subjects no “respectable” filmmaker would touch. These exploitation films, as they came to be known, carved out a distinctive niche in American culture. While regularly regarded as garbage only for the sake of being so, they in fact contained unique observations and insights into the culture and times in which they were produced, and frequently served the function of shedding light on marginalized groups and issues often ignored by mainstream film producers. This is the story of exploitation films and the people who made them.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Mark J.
Commitee: Rabig, Julia, Edsforth, Ronald
School: Dartmouth College
Department: Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
School Location: United States -- New Hampshire
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Film studies, American history
Keywords: Exploitation films, Low budget films, Motion picture industry, Sensationalism in motion pictures
Publication Number: 13879566
ISBN: 9781085593960
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