Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema Paperback – 18 Oct 2001
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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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.
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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.
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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.
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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