The Style of Sleaze: The American Exploitation Film 1959 - 1977

Calum Waddell

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What is an exploitation film? 'The Style of Sleaze' reasons that the aesthetic and thematic approach of the key texts within three distinct exploitation demarcations blaxploitation, horror and sexploitation indicate a concurrent evolution of filmmaking that could be seen as an identifiable cinematic movement. Offering a fresh perspective on studies of marginal cinema, 'The Style of Sleaze' maintains that defining exploitation cinema as a vaguely attributed 'excess' is unhelpful, and instead concludes that this period in American film history produced a number of the most transgressive, and yet morally complex, motion pictures ever made.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages220
ISBN (Electronic)978-1474409254
ISBN (Print)1474409253
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2018


  • Film Studies
  • Exploitation Film
  • American Film
  • Paracinema


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