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FLESHPOT: Cinema's Sexual Myth Makers and Taboo Breakers [Paperback]

Jack et al Stevenson
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Book Description

25 Sep 2000
Fleshpot is an indispensable guide to the outre realms of erotic cinema, a delirious sampling of the genre, personalities and trends that have set screens aflame since the dawn of motion pictures. From the pioneering 'Nudies' and 'Stags' to the American Pre-Code Talkies and the racy European imports of the Forties and Fifties, from soft-core to hard-core and beyond, Fleshpot probes beneath the facades of art, exploitation and underground film genres to reveal...Sleaze! A compendium of texts by Stevenson and an international groups of experts and cult film personalities.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HEADPRESS (25 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900486121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900486125
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,551,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating and provocative look at what, whether its critics like it or not, has become one of the most important parts of the entertainment industry." -- Forum

"Fascinating." -- Venue

"For the more serious student of sleazology, Fleshpot has much to offer." -- Desire

"Jack Stevenson is a brilliant filth scholar - he's obsessive, funny, and knows more about obscure, dirty movies than anyone alive" - -- John Waters

"What with porn's post-Boogie Nights cult status, most of us have forgotten the decidedly extreme activities on which the porn industry was founded in the late sixties. Between Eurotrash and the phenomenon of 'proper' journalists, you'd think that life in porn was a box of chocolates. So Jack Stevenson's new history of the genre, Fleshpot, is especially timely... It's not for the faint hearted - but better than a night in with Channel 5 'erotica', for sure." - -- Arena

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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn�t quite deliver what it promises 2 Nov 2001
The Fleshpot anthology on sex in film edited by Jack Stevenson is a wonderful project, but the book suffers on the uneven quality/content of the articles. One gets the impression that the different authors don't quite agree on what the topic of the book is. On one hand there are some brilliant articles on both straight and homosexual (and animal oriented porn) pornography and pornstars But on the other hand Kenneth Anger's article on an obscure french vamp from the forties seems out of place (even if the name Kenneth Anger probably helps the sales). The same goes for the article on sex german/austrian experimental film from the eighties. Doesn't quite seem to be about myth makers and taboo breakers as the cover suggests. Seems to be hard for editor Jack Stevenson to draw the line between what is mainstream and what is obscure films from the fringe. A valid question could be why are some of these films and film makers considered more important than for instance the films of the entourage around Richard Kern & Lydia Lunch. Of the 20 articles collected in Fleshpot, maybe 12 -13 really merit their place. Ergo: three stars out of five.
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