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Forbidden Planet [SOUNDTRACK] (1956) - Louis Barron, Bebe Barron [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Index Librorum Prohibitorum

Ashbee, Henry S. , "Forbidden Books of the Victorians", Index Liborum Prohibitorum, pp. 239, Odyssey Press, London, 1970.

Index Librorum Prohibitorum [...]

The Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Index of Prohibited Books)—also called Index Expurgatorius—is a list of publications which Roman Catholics were banned from reading, "pernicious books", and also the rules of the Church relating to books. The aim of the list was to prevent the reading of immoral books or works containing theological errors and so prevent the corruption of the faithful. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Index_Librorum_Prohibitorum [Sept 2004]


  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. Book Description 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.

  2. Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of "Adults Only" Cinema - Eddie Muller [Amazon US]
    Vice Rackets! Narcotics! Nazis! Nudists! Cults! Wrestling Women! No sooner than the first movie camera was invented, it was put to sordid use. Grindhouse is a sexy and sardonic romp through the history of "adults only" cinema, from the roadshows and "hygiene" movies of the '30s, to the burlesque and vice movies of the '40s, to the Scandinavian Invasion of the '70s. Includes photos of rare posters and lobby cards as well as portraits of the auteurs of the films, such as Russ Meyer and David F. Friedman. --amazon.com

    From Booklist
    Before the advent of the corner video store, connoisseurs of sex and sensation sought the stuff they loved in grindhouses. Although the low-budget films these low-rent venues screened promised more lewdness, nudity, and weirdness than they delivered, some are monuments of ludicrous filmmaking. Perhaps the best known is Ed Wood's transvestite opus, Glen or Glenda, but it is just one of the daffy and scuzzy movies Muller and Faris note in their decade-by-decade tour of yesterday's prurience. As historically responsible scribes, the pair recognizes the role of such big-budget, more hard-core movies as Deep Throat in the demise of the grindhouse genre and recounts how a film now considered a genuine classic, Tod Browning's Freaks, was once double-billed with classic trash like Wages of Sin and Reefer Madness. Possessed of some reference value for collocating the many titles under which the same sleazy shows were repeatedly recycled, the book's most endearing aspect may be its many illustrations--a rogue's gallery of cheesy publicity for cheesier flickers. Mike Tribby for amazon.com

1000 Forbidden Pictures - Mark Rotenberg

  • 1000 Forbidden Pictures - Mark Rotenberg [Amazon.com]
    The Rotenberg Collection is an archive of desire and almost palpable everyday yearning, the fruit of a hundred years of sexual documentation. It is also an alternative social history of the century, one dictated by the body rather than politics. After stumbling across some old pin-up pics in late 70s Brooklyn, Mark Lee Rotenberg started to build the collection that now numbers more than 85,000 erotic photos. Whether faded sepia prints, hand-coloured postcards, 3-D images, magazine cuttings or stills, every item bears witness to the poignant and diverse ways in which displaced gratification is sought.

    There is no greater resource than human flesh, but the innocence and simple charm of these pictures, any shock they might have provoked softened by time, lie in the willingness of all involved to free up the possibilities of arousal through the mediums of representation. We see therefore the usual paraphernalia of the fetishistic, the stockings, leather, lace and tools, but the whip's lash is blunted: The women, we might see walking down an everyday street, the fantasies are shared and consensual, the world is given an extra frisson of being, a heightened and stimulating touch of the exotic and risque. This is a collection then for anyone who dreams, anyone who knows the secret electricity of longing.

    Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography - Roger Shattuck

    Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography - Roger Shattuck [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    An intellectual tour-de-force, Forbidden Knowledge is a study of the ethics of literary and scientific inquiry. Shattuck first approaches his subject indirectly, conducting an engaging tour of Western literature: Adam and Eve, Prometheus, Milton's Paradise Lost, Goethe's Faust, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. He then uses these tales to address the moral questions raised by mankind's tendency to search for dangerous knowledge. He contrasts J. Robert Oppenheimer's acceptance of guilt for the atomic bombings with Edward Teller's dismissal of the same. In his own field of literary criticism he argues against the neutral analysis of immoral works as "pure literature," illustrating his point with a critique of the Marquis de Sade. Forbidden Knowledge is a stimulating and forceful intellectual argument against moral relativism, as well as a practical approach to difficult ethical problems, from genetic engineering to pornography. --via Amazon.com

    Forbidden Planet (1956) - Louis Barron, Bebe Barron

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    Forbidden Planet [SOUNDTRACK] (1956) - Louis Barron, Bebe Barron [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

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    Louis (1920-1989) and Bebe Barron (b. 1927) were two American pioneers in the field of electronic music. They are credited with writing the first electronic music for magnetic tape, and the first entirely electronic film score for Forbidden Planet (1956). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_and_Bebe_Barron [Aug 2005]

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