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Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema Paperback – 12 Apr 2007


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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (12 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905287542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905287543
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 845,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Sheridan sketched with admirable clarity the way this mini industry rose and fell...the blokey, mocking tone of the reviews suits an industry regarded as "just a bit of fun"' --Evening Standard

'Lavishly illustrated, scrupulously researched and accessibly presented, Sheridan's extensive offering of mini-essays, a year-by year film guide and an A-Z of X-rated players all ensure his ding-dong fest rarely goes tits-up.' --Total Film

'Keeping The British End Up is a meticulously researched, endlessly informative and entertaining read that is essential for aficionados and a spectacular entry point for the curious.' --Hope Lies

'Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, readable and most importantly of all, filthy this is a book where the text matches the pictures for interest value.' --The Film Pilgrim

'Highly recommended to those who appreciate a bit of humour in their films.' --Slacker Cinema --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Simon Sheridan has written several critically acclaimed books including The A-Z of Classic Children's Television, and Come Play with Me - The Life and Films of Mary Millington. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
From its brilliant eye-catching cover to its multitude of rare photographs and fascinating interviews 'Keeping the British End Up' is the alternative history of British cinema we've been patiently waiting for. Sheridan's superb book delves into the bluer side of film-making, explaining how sex movies took their place in British society from 'Nudist Paradise' in 1958 to later hits like 'Confessions of a Window Cleaner' (1974), 'Come Play with Me' (1977) and 'Emmanuelle in Soho' (1981) as well as tonnes of more obscure titles. Anyone heard of 1973's 'Snow White and the Seven Perverts'? Well. it's here! He documents the highs and lows of the industry and has somehow managed to squeeze engaging interviews out of the usually reluctant stars and directors of the era. I especially liked the comprehensive glossary of starlets at the end of the book. Fiona Richmond, Mary Millington, Suzy Mandel and the stunning Sue Longhurst (who incidentally writes the foreword to the book) are all there. Utterly engrossing and un-put-downable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By orvuus on 3 May 2012
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... of my favorite cinema review titles, that is! I am from the US, and don't often buy UK books, simply because the increased postage rate makes it an expensive proposition. However from the other reviews here I gathered that it was what I was looking for, and I was not disappointed. Growing up in the US in the late 1960's and '70's, some of my favorite films and TV programs were from the UK, for the simple reason that they offered the best look at women!
The odd thing was one could usually see more violence in US films and TV, but for quite some time one could not see hints of sex or even undress! The films reviewed here are almost all "saucy," and not the more explicit "hardcore" films that came along later. Quite frankly most of these films are not very amusing, as comedies, but can be interesting visually at least. This book is well-illustrated with various photos and poster reproductions that can help one to decide whether a particular title if worth viewing today, now that so many of these films have made their way to DVD. The author does a great job of summing up the film, and includes a bit about the production and actors involved, as well as an overview of the social evolution of "naughty" films in the UK. The author also points out correctly that in the UK at least somewhat equal opportunity was given to male nudity (leading to lots of unfortunate views of Robin Askwith, for example!), whereas in the US even the male backside was rarely shown!

A very entertaining and well-done book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Fat Guy Ranting on 19 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
Sheridan knows his native smut.
This well written, beautifully presented and extensively researched guide to all things mucky, represents a secret cultural history of a time many mainstream cinema critics would rather forget.
The attractive cover is worth the price of admission alone.
Nice work Mr Sheridan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Ridley on 19 July 2008
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This book is a fantastic read.Well put together listings of films by year ending with a few pages on the 80's straight to video productions.It's an invaluable resource into 70's british sex cinema which you'll read from cover to cover and still come back to for reference again and again when you spot an all to infrequent new dvd release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Green on 20 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just received this delightful fourth edition of 'Keeping the British End Up' and what can i say, Mr Sheridan knows his onions! This exhaustively researched and constantly entertaining read has got pride of place on my coffee table and I seem to delve in and out of it constantly. It's beautifully laid out and it even has an extensive colour picture section. This is as good an account of this era of British film-making as you'll find. Thank's for Keeping the British End up Mr Sheridan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy dad on 22 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mr Sheridan clearly knows his stuff and his enthusiasm and passion for this forgotten era of porn are evident. Each section of the book maintains a balanced and honest account allowing the reader to get a genuine feel for the subject and the colour pictures further the text and bring the book to life!

A reference book for all those wishing to know about the smutty age of cinema.

More please....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
Simon Sheridan has done a fabulous job of compiling an irreplaceable archive of British sex film facts, figures, pictures, and reviews, as well as interviews with the genre's handymen and women. A wonderfully readable account of four decades of bare faced cheek that made me laugh out loud. Undoubtedly, the definitive guide to Britons doing rude things at the cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tony forehan on 1 Nov. 2013
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This has to be the work of a true fa as it covers everything that a reader would require. The text is written in a very informative manner without being "preachy", the pics and advertising material is top notch and the lay out is terrific.
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