Underground USA: Filmmaking Beyond the Hollywood Canon (Alterimage Series)

Underground USA: Filmmaking Beyond the Hollywood Canon (Alterimage Series)

by Xavier Mendik, Jay S. Schneider
     
 

ISBN-10: 1903364493

ISBN-13: 9781903364499

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Wallflower Press

Whether defined by the carnivalesque excesses of Troma studios ( The Toxic Avenger), the arthouse erotica of Radley Metzger and Doris Wishman, or the narrative experimentations of Abel Ferrara, Melvin Van Peebles, Jack Smith, or Harmony Korine, underground cinema has achieved an important position within American film culture. Often defined as

Overview

Whether defined by the carnivalesque excesses of Troma studios ( The Toxic Avenger), the arthouse erotica of Radley Metzger and Doris Wishman, or the narrative experimentations of Abel Ferrara, Melvin Van Peebles, Jack Smith, or Harmony Korine, underground cinema has achieved an important position within American film culture. Often defined as "cult" and "exploitation" or "alternative" and "independent," the American underground retains separate strategies of production and exhibition from the cinematic mainstream, while its sexual and cinematic representations differ from the traditionally conservative structures of the Hollywood system. Underground U.S.A. offers a fascinating overview of this area of maverick moviemaking by considering the links between the experimental and exploitative traditions of the American underground.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903364499
Publisher:
Wallflower Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Altermimage Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - Explorations Underground: American Film (Ad)ventures Beneath the Hollywood Rader, by Xavier Mendik & Steven Jay Schneider
1. 'No Sicker Than You Were Before': Theory Economy and Power in Abel Ferrara's The Addiction, by Joan Hawkins
2. Radley Metzger's 'Elegant Arousal': Cultural Value, Eroticism, and Sexploitation, by Elena Gorfinkel
3. Curtis Harrington and the Underground Roots of the Modern Horror Film, by Stephen R. Bissette
4. Special Effects in the Cutting Room, by Tony Williams
5. Real(ist) Horror: From Execution Videos to Snuff Films, by Joel Black
6. A Report on Bruce Conner's Report, by Martin F. Norden
7. Voyeurism Sadism and Transgression: Screen notes and Observations on Warhol's Blow Job and I, A Man, by Jack Sargeant
8. Doris Wishman Meets the Avant-Garde, by Michael J. Bowen
9. 'You Bled My Mother, You Bled My Father, But You Won't Bleed Me': The Underground Trio of Melvin Van Peebles, by Garrett Chaffin-Quiray
10. Full Throttle on the Highway to Hell: Mavericks, Machismo, and Mayhem in the American Biker Movie, by Bill Osgerby
11. The Ideal Cinema of Harry Smith, by Jonathan L. Crane
12. What Is the Neo-Underground and What Isn't: A First Consideration of Harmony Korine, by Benjamin Halligan
13. Underground America 1999, by Annalee Newitz
14. Phantom Menace: Killer Fans, Consumer Activism, and Digital Filmmakers, by Sara Gwenllian Jones
15. Film Co-ops: Old Soldiers From the Sixties Still Standing in Battle Against Hollywood Commercialism, by Jack Stevenson
16. Gouts of Blood: The Colourful Underground Universe of Herschell Gordon Lewis, by Xavier Mendik
17. Theory of Xenomorphosis, by NickZedd
18. Visions of New York: Films from the 1960's Underground", by David Schwartz
19. A Tasteless Art: Waters, Kaufman, and the Pursuit of 'Pure' Gross-Out, by Xavier Mendik & Steven Jay Schneider

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