The Erotic Thriller in Contemporary Cinema

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Indiana University Press, 2005 - Performing Arts - 466 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Carnal Crimes The Erotic Thriller from Noir
1
Genres and definitions
15
Pornography the forgotten genre
38
Sexing the audience
45
Producers Andrew Garroni and Walter Gernert
62
Erotic Noir in the Mainstream
77
Sexual
97
the sexualised
106
The DirecttoVideo Erotic Thriller
247
Erotic Thriller
284
Issues in the DirecttoVideo
331
Womens stories and lousy husbands
342
The undercover heroine
353
The stripflick
359
Director Katt Shea
370
The Erotic Thrillers Hybrid Children
377

the erotic thrillers goodbad girls
114
Female point of view and the homme fatal
124
Director William Friedkin
134
Director Brian De Palma
142
Written by Joe Eszterhas
149
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
163
Starring Michael Douglas
177
The bitch the devil and lesbianism for men
194
Hong Kong Category III Films
385
The erotic thriller and the auteur
396
Director and Editor Anne Goursaud
409
New Century Old Sex?
417
Films Cited
444
Index
456
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About the author (2005)

Linda Ruth Williams is Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Southampton. She is author of Sex in the Head: Visions of Femininity and Film in D. H. Lawrence and Critical Desire: Psychoanalysis and the Literary Subject.

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