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Bret Wood

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Bret Wood is an American freelance writer who has published articles in Film Comment and Filmfax. [Nov 2005]

Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Film () - Bret Wood, Felicia Feaster

  1. Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Film () - Bret Wood, Felicia Feaster [FR] [DE] [UK]
    Bret Wood is the producer/director of two silent film documentaries and the author of Marihuana, Motherhood and Madness and Orson Welles: A Bio-Bibliography. His work has appeared in Film Comment and Sight and Sound. Felicia Feasters is a contributing writers for Playboy Online and film critic for the Atlanta Creative Loafing.

    Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Film offers the first thorough examination of the exploitation cinema while capturing the devious spirit of this renegade film movement. Abounding with anecdotes, character sketches and insights, Forbidden Fruit offers vivid depictions of exploitation kings and con-men, detailed readings of the films themselves and the unique stretch of American history that inspired them. --Book Description via amazon.com

    Throughout the '30s and '40s, the major Hollywood studios owned the vast majority of theaters in America. This arrangement, called vertical integration, ensured that Hollywood product would fill movie screens around the country--and excluded non-Hollywood product. Independent theaters had the opportunity to show Hollywood movies but only after the movies had already played for several months, even years, at the studio-run theaters.

    To help boost revenues, independent theaters frequently turned to movies produced outside of the Hollywood system. These movies capitalized upon salacious, sensational topics--such as drug abuse, prostitution, polygamy, and venereal disease. They provided scenes that no Production Code-approved Hollywood movie would ever provide. In Damaged Lives, a group of fun-loving women strip naked and go skinny dipping. In Because of Eve, a doctor educates a young couple on the joys of reproduction by showing them documentary footage of a real childbirth. In Slaves in Bondage, prostitutes share a good time by spanking each other. And in Reefer Madness, arguably the most famous of all exploitation films, partying teens freely indulge in marijuana and turn into giggling maniacs. --AN INTERVIEW WITH FELICIA FEASTER AND BRET WOOD, interview by Gary Johnson in http://www.imagesjournal.com/issue08/features/exploitation/, accessed May 2004

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