Underground U.S.A.: Filmmaking Beyond the Hollywood Canon

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Xavier Mendik, Steven Jay Schneider
Columbia University Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 235 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

02 introduction
1
03 chapter 1
13
04 chapter 2
26
05 chapter 3
40
06 chapter 4
51
07 chapter 5
63
08 chapter 6
76
09 chapter 7
86
14 chapter 12
150
15 chapter 13
161
16 chapter 14
169
17 chapter 15
180
18 chapter 16
188
19 chapter 17
198
20 chapter 18
201
21 chapter 19
204

10 chapter 8
96
11 chapter 9
109
12 chapter 10
123
13 chapter 11
140
22 notes
221
23 index
229
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About the author (2003)

Xavier Mendik is the director of the Cult Film Archive at University College Northampton, and he is the general editor of the AlterImage series. Steven Jay Schneider is author of The Cinema of Wes Craven.

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