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David Friedman

Lifespan: 1923 -

Related: American exploitation - exploitation film

Films produced: Blood Feast (1963) - Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1975)

The Acid Eaters (1968) - Byron Mabe

Tagline: The film of anti-social significance


David F. Friedman 24 December 1923 Birmingham, Alabama, USA is an American filmmaker and producer.

He produced the 1963 film , directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis, an American exploitation film often considered the first "gore" or splatter film. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_F._Friedman [Aug 2005]

A Youth in Babylon: Confessions of a Trash Film King (1990) - David F. Friedman

  • A Youth in Babylon: Confessions of a Trash Film King (1990) - David F. Friedman [Amazon.com]
    As one might expect, "trash" filmmaker Friedman's memoir, written with freelancer DeNevi, has about as much subtlety as a Las Vegas bump-and-grind. In this entertaining, self-indulgent confession, he chronicles his entry into show biz as a press agent for "educational" sex-hygiene reels, to his later work as creator/promotor of smuttier, more gruesome celluloid fare including Boin-n-g! and Blood Feast . Adventures with exploitation-movie producers such as Herschell Lewis and Kroger Babb are recounted, as are promotion schemes; we're told about the investments and brainstorms behind low-budget productions and see the huckster's talent for turning censorship boycotts into publicity hype. Though Friedman is often condescending and macho, he proves himself here to be resourceful; and his enchantment with the carney tradition is infectious, making even the book's unrelenting, ring-masteresque alliterations ("circulating salesmen of cinema sleaze") bearable. "America's Most Notorious Carpetbagger of Cinemadom" gleefully proves H. L. Mencken's axiom: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." --Reed Business Information,

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