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Unruly Pleasures: The Cult Film and Its Critics [Paperback]

Graeme Harper
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15 May 2000
Whether defined through genres such as horror, science fiction, pornography or camp musical, the cult film has come to attain an important place in cinema culture. Unruly Pleasures is the first British volume dedicated to the critical consideration of cult movie making from the margins to the mainstream. In a series of innovative articles by leading film critics and theorists the book deals with aspects of the medium including the cult film's definitions, genres, film styles and gender depictions.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: FAB Press (15 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903254000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903254004
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 17.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This shady tome's said "pleasures" will only be so for the most select audience. But it's both fun and informative, exposing many a cult chimera... -- Empire, August 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas but too academic 21 April 2001
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The book hangs its collection of essays with the somewhat thin gimmick that because cult films induce an 'orgasmic' sensation in their viewers, cult movies can be seen within a framework of sexual, gender-political and/or revolutionary contexts. Fine. But this is an academic text, and we know how longwinded these guys can get. The book doubly shoots itself in the foot by claiming that the fan community and the academic community can come together in enjoying and analysing these films. No they can't! Every pleasure of cult movies involves some kind of intellectual stimulation, but this collection of academic essays merely makes its subjects appear banal. The essay that should have turned this around, an essay on 'Showgirls', promised itself as an essay on the enjoyment of a derided movie from a fan persepctive, but even that essay soon bogged itself down with inappropriate and uninformative (and unexplained) references to camp and the movie's gay fanbase.
This is very well illustrated and is definitely packed with ideas, enough to warrant a tentative recommendation. But be warned that it IS an academic text, not a rollercoaster ride of fun film criticism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly great, with a few odd notes 16 Dec 2010
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Good but wildly uneven collection of academic writing on cult films. At least one chapter here seems totally out of place-- when I think "cult film," I don't really think "niche porno"-- and some of the writing regarding internet groups of cult fans is already dated. However, the good stuff here is really good, including a fascinating meditation on the Doris Wishman/Chesty Morgan films and a highly entertaining essay on being a fan of "Showgirls."
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