The Erotic Thriller in Contemporary Cinema

The Erotic Thriller in Contemporary Cinema

by Linda Ruth Williams
     
 

This bold and original book examines in detail a relatively new genre of film—the erotic thriller. Linda Ruth Williams traces the genre’s exploitation of pornography and noir, discusses mainstream stars (including Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone) as well as genre-branded direct-to-video stars, charts the work of key producers and directors, and

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This bold and original book examines in detail a relatively new genre of film—the erotic thriller. Linda Ruth Williams traces the genre’s exploitation of pornography and noir, discusses mainstream stars (including Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone) as well as genre-branded direct-to-video stars, charts the work of key producers and directors, and considers home videos as a distinct form of viewing pleasure. She maps the history of the genre, analyzing hundreds of movies from blockbusters such as Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, and In the Cut to straight-to-video film titles such as Carnal Crimes, Sins of Desire, and Night Eyes.

Williams’s witty and illuminating readings tell the story of this sensational genre and contribute to the analysis of mainstream screen sex—and its censorship—at the beginning of the 21st century. She shows that as the erotic thriller plays out the sexual fantasies of contemporary America, it also provides a vehicle for marketing those fantasies globally.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253218360
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : carnal crimes : the erotic thriller from Noir to the 1990s1
Pt. IBlockbuster thrills : erotic Noir in the mainstream
2Femme Fatales, fall-guys and paranoid women : sexual and narrative blueprints97
3'Meisters of porno-noir' - key players in the cinematic erotic thriller147
Pt. IISuspense in suspenders : the direct-to-video erotic thriller
4Softcore on the sofa253
5The bad and the beautiful : key players in the direct-to-video erotic thriller284
6Uncovered and undercover : issues in the direct-to-video erotic thriller331
Conclusion : the erotic thriller's hybrid children377
Afterword on In the cut : new century, old sex?417

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