Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema Hardcover – 3 Feb 2005
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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 an alternate 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 an alternate Hardcover edition.
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mandatory reading for anyone who was a teen in the Sixties and Seventies. Some great stories and entertaining reviews. Those were the days.Published 5 months ago by Pw
I was expecting more from this book, going by the title but it failed to deliver not all films covered. Read morePublished on 22 April 2014 by MR BARRY ROBERT WEBB
FANTASTIC offering from Simon Sheridan who has produced a real labour of love on a subject that is often overlooked.
Never less than brilliant.
This was a birthday present, and very well received . . . . . . . . . . .Published on 26 April 2013 by kml
I couldn't help but be attracted by the cover and once inside I was fascinated by all the obviously well researched information. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2011 by Barker the Dog
Mr Sheridan clearly knows his stuff and his enthusiasm and passion for this forgotten era of porn are evident. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2011 by Happy dad