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Graphic Thrills: American XXX Movie Posters, 1970 to 1985 [Paperback]

Robin Bougie
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Book Description

27 Oct 2013
Graphic Thrills is a wide-ranging over-view of the entire history of the XXX movie scene from 1970 to 1985, it is simultaneously anecdotal, factual, and interview based. It also includes a very detailed and quite lengthy introductory chapter, setting the scene for the posters that follow. Each poster is accompanied by an essay on the film concerned. This is far more than just a poster book, but more a beautifully illustrated history of the genre. With catchy titles like Carnal Olympics, Ultra Flesh, Insatiable, Deep Throat, and Dominatrix Without Mercy, the 1970s and early '80s were the golden era of the American hardcore sex film. Picking up where the low-budget stag loops and softcore sexploitation pictures left off, this legendary cycle of adult filmmaking was distinguished by both the overall quality of the movies themselves and also the advertising that promoted them. Real movies made by directors with a vision, performed by passionate actors, backed up with genuine plots, drama, and imagination that hit peaks the industry hasn't seen before or since. This was the age of porno chic. Theatrical film posters, then and now, seduce the public into taking part in a fantasy world. Graphic Thrills proudly assembles a stunning array of these debauched and innuendo-packed one-sheets between its covers, with glorious unabashed sexuality dripping from every page. These joyous and colourful odes to sultry sin hung in the lobbies and front windows of the porno theaters and grindhouses of yesteryear. Lit by neon and shimmering marquee lights, each come-on promised curious patrons lurid drama, kinky excitement, easy love, and a myriad of exotic fantasies come true. In Graphic Thrills, the epoch of the American XXX movie poster and the no-holes-barred erotica it promised is laid bare and exposed. A writer for New York's infamous Screw magazine and creator of the underground trash film 'zine Cinema Sewer, author Robin Bougie probes the history of these classic films, interviews the people who made them, and provides candid in-depth reviews. It's time to drop your defences, turn on, and prepare to play dirty... get ready for Graphic Thrills!

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: FAB Press (27 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903254736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903254738
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 24.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bougie explores the scuzzier side of the cinematic spectrum with wit, insight, and often surprising levels of scholarship and research. --Don Guarisco, www.schlockmania.com

Wallowing through the filth and grime of a world that most dare not tread - at least openly - Robin Bougie has offered up some truly nut-busting moments of gonzo weirdness and cinematic nostalgia over the course of his journalistic career. --Rondal Scott, www.strangekidsclub.com

About the Author

In 1997, underground comic artist and zine publisher Robin Bougie began Cinema Sewer magazine, an ode to the seamier side of film and the culture that surrounds it. With an obscenely large collection of rare press books, posters, and obscure deranged movies, Bougie used his geek knowledge, his artistic skills as comic book artist, and connections in the world of porn to give birth to this unseemly but loveable bastard-child of a publication. Printed comic-sized on cruddy newsprint, the magazine quickly found an audience amongst film fans looking for something totally different. Bougie contributes liner notes for DVD releases for companies such as Something Weird Video and Video X-Pix. He has also written four volumes in the best-selling CINEMA SEWER series of books for FAB Press

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly reccomended 1 Mar 2014
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This is a great looking and entertaining book highly recommended for those with a love of sexy,offbeat movies.Check out Cinema Sewer vol 1 - 4 as wellfor more of Robin Bougies passionate writing & illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best in its genre 12 Feb 2014
By David JJ - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best book I have seen in the genre of adult movie posters from the "Golden Age" of XXX movies. This one, authored by Robin Bougie who is best known for his "Cinema Sewer" publications' is full of text, well-researched and written in a witty and very informative manner.The book is full of coloured plates of great adult movie posters and includes details of the films' release dates, actors, directors and where known, the posters' artists.
No other books I have seen or own in the same vein as this one compare in its textual information. A great buy!
5.0 out of 5 stars one of kind look at movie genre now gone 4 May 2014
By kgmonster12 - Published on Amazon.com
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Robin Bougie has compiled a unique volume and provided a real service for adult
movie devotees.Those of us of That Certain Age who can recall seeing most if not
all of the titles represented in this book on real theater screens of the 60's and 70's
Owe Bougie more than gratitude. Yes, the memories are certainly here, but there is
more. There is the reinforcing of those beliefs(as if it were needed),that yet another
Film genre was really that short-lived and is now also deeply buried. Film noir,
Screwball comedies,hard boiled whodunits,high adventure romances,saddle-
burning horse operas,and yes,hardcore XXX features with plots and ....actors.
Those of you for whom this is your particular brand of Darjeeling know who
you are, and are way ahead of me. For the rest, if you have even a gram of red
Movie blood in you,why are you hesitating? Get this book. Now.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tempting Buffet Of Porno-Chic Fabulousness! 24 April 2014
By OChrist - Published on Amazon.com
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The multi-talented creator of "Cinema Sewer" celebrates sexy sinema in spectacular style with this star-studded selection of porno-chic posters! Tawdry, titillating, tacky, cute, coy and charming-- often all in the same poster, these sassy specimens of sleaze are a delirious ride back to a much more decadent yet innocent time. Beyond the wildly hip Pop Art eye-candy these 140 posters absolutely are, GRAPHIC THRILLS backs it up with Robin Bougie's breezy, endlessly entertaining prose, a mini-master class in the history of the XXX motion picture phenomenon. This book is as much fun to read as it is to eyeball. I have long been a collector of these posters, and recently decided to share my huge stash with like-minded art-lovers in an online poster boutique called Westgate Gallery (named after my childhood porn theatre in Bangor, Maine). I'm proud to have all but a very few of the posters in GRAPHIC THRILLS available for sale, and even prouder that Robin has asked me to loan him a few especially rare gems for an upcoming sequel.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and if you'd like to own some of these vintage original pieces, mention GRAPHIC THRILLS for a special hefty discount.
5.0 out of 5 stars PORN? 8 April 2014
By Slayer Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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Got this for my girlfriend who works at an adult store and is a huge fan of the industry, loves the book, says it is the best of all the books reproducing posters from this time period. I guess she could be considered a scholar on the subject so buy with confidence if this is something you find interesting
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