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Exploitation Cinema: A Cannon

by patrick
Exploitation Cinema: A Cannon by patrick
This is a work in progress and not by any means finished. Also, input is more than welcome. Exploitation Cinema is a vast genre encompassing many sub-genre’s within it. I will attempt to break the cannon down by sub-genre Martial Arts An action genre typified with violent martial arts combat. Largely based in Hong Kong but Japan and Taiwan have produced some noteworthy films as well. The Street Fighter films with Sonny Chiba are much closer to Exploitation than the films of the Shaw Brothers but they will be included none the less. Major figures in the genre: Bruce Lee, The Shaw Brothers, Sonny Chiba, Gordon Liu Major films: The Street… Read more

This is a work in progress and not by any means finished. Also, input is more than welcome.

Exploitation Cinema is a vast genre encompassing many sub-genre’s within it. I will attempt to break the cannon down by sub-genre

Martial Arts

An action genre typified with violent martial arts combat. Largely based in Hong Kong but Japan and Taiwan have produced some noteworthy films as well. The Street Fighter films with Sonny Chiba are much closer to Exploitation than the films of the Shaw Brothers but they will be included none the less.

Major figures in the genre:
Bruce Lee, The Shaw Brothers, Sonny Chiba, Gordon Liu

Major films:

The Street Fighter Trilogy
The Master of the Flying Guillotine
Five Element Ninja (aka) Chinese Super Ninja
The One Armed Swordsmen
Chinese Boxer (aka) Hammer of the Gods
King Boxer: Five Fingers of Death
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Dragon Princess
Enter the Dragon
The Big Boss
Fist of Fury
Way of the Dragon
The Five Deadly Venoms

Blaxploitation

Black exploitation films have black casts for black audiences but are often made by white filmmakers. They depict blacks in a seedy urban setting. Crime and drugs are often at the forefront of the plot. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song is often considered to be the first entry in the genre

Major figures in the genre:
Pam Grier, Melvin Van Peebles, Fred Williamson

Major films:

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song
Coffy
Foxy Brown
The Mack
Black Caesar
Hell Up in Harlem
Shaft
Dolemite
Blacula
Cleopatra Jones
Super Fly
Cotton Comes to Harlem

Cannibal Films

A relatively small genre of films that were largely produced by Italian filmmakers in the 1970’s and early 80’s. It usually featured “civilized” men trekking into the jungle and encountering cannibal tribes. However, often the “civilized” humans were shown to be just as bad if no worse than the tribesmen. Most of these films are now available on DVD in mostly special edition releases. The genre is small enough that I listed all of its films below, although some of them are not on auteurs.

Major figures in the genre:

Ruggero Deodato, Umberto Lenzi, Robert Kerman, Jess Franco, Joe D’Amato

Major films:

The Man from Deep River
Last Cannibal World (aka) Jungle Holocaust
Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals
Mountain of the Cannibal God
Cannibal Holocaust
White Cannibal Queen
The Devil Hunter
Cannibal Ferox
Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story
Massacre in Dinosaur Valley
Papaya, Love Goddess of the Cannibals (Not on Auteurs)
Savage Terror (aka) Primitives (Not on Auteurs)
Eaten Alive! (Not on Auteurs)
Black Orgasm (Not on Auteurs)
The Green Inferno (Not on Auteurs)

Spaghetti Western

Italian made westerns that were often grittier and more violent than their Hollywood counterparts. The did not adhere to the traditional American mythology of the west as a place of heroes in white hats and savage Indians. Rather, they say the west as a violent anarchic society. Spaghetti Westerns influenced the development of the Revisionist Western in the United States.

Major figures in the genre:

Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, Ennio Morricone, Lee Van Cleef, Terence Hill, Sergio Corbucci

Major films:

The Dollars Trilogy
Once Upon A Time in the West
Django
The Great Silence
The Mercenary
The Big Gundown
Day of Anger
Death Rides a Horse
Navajo Joe
Companeros
The Return of Ringo
Duck, You Sucker
A Pistol for Ringo
A Bullet for the General
Django, Kill…If you Live, Shoot!

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