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"Classical exploitation films were disreputable when they were originally released, and the mainstream industry went to great lengths to stamp them out. Histories of the motion picture medium passed them by. Their current position is as part of the “bad film” cult." --Bold! Daring! Shocking! True! A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959 (1999) by Eric Schaefer, page 9

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Bold! Daring! Shocking! True": A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959 (1999) is a book by Eric Schaefer published by Duke University Press. Its subject matter is the roots of exploitation films.


  • "An Attempt to 'Commercialize Vice' ": Origins of the Exploitation Film
    • What they are not: They are not stag films or pornographic films, they played in legitimate theatres, not smokers, nor brothels
    • What they are (1919-1959)
    • Forbidden topic: Sex, sex hygiene, prostitution, vice, drug use, nudity, and anything in bad taste
    • Made cheaply
    • Distributed independently
    • Exhibited in theatres not affiliated with the majors
    • Few prints in release
  • "A Hodge-Podge of Cutting and Splicing": The Mode of Production and the Style of Classical Exploitation Films
  • "You Gotta Tell 'Em to Sell 'Em" Distribution, Advertising, and Exhibition of Exploitation Films
  • "Thoroughly Vile and Disgusting":The Exploitation Film and Censorship
  • . “‘No False Modesty, No Old-Fashioned Taboos’: The Sex Hygiene Film”
  • “The Monster That Caters to Thrill-Hungry Youth”: The Drug Film
  • “Timely as Today's Front Page”: Vice, Exotic, and Atrocity Films
  • “They Wear No Clothes!”: Nudist and Burlesque Films
  • Conclusion: The End of Classical Exploitation

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