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Exploitation films


  • Films of a sensational nature, usually offering subject matter taboo in mainstream cinema, usually produced on a low budget and often presented in the guise of preachy exposés or pseudo-documentaries.
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    • found: Moving image genre-form guide(Exploitation: Fictional or loosely nonfictional work which offered subject matter that was taboo in mainstream cinema. Such work was frequently presented under the guise of preachy exposés, sex education, morality plays, and pseudo-documentaries. Standard topics included the dangers of premarital sex, the vice racket, nudist cults, or the dangers of narcotics. The work was made to exploit a subject for quick profit, and usually produced on a low budget by a small company. By pandering to an audience's curiosity or prurient interest, such work is on the borderline of censorship restrictions and recognizable for its emphasis on sensational aspects with little interest in artistic or social merit. Related terms, Erotic, Pornography)
    • found: Halliwell's filmgoer's & videoviewer's companion, c1995(Exploitation film: a term used to describe low-budget movies of a sensational kind that either focus on some headline-making social phenomenon or attempt to cash in on a current box-office success. Sex, horror and fantasy are the predominant subject matters)
    • found: Moving image materials : genre terms, 1988(Exploitation works, use Erotica)
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    • Films of a sensational nature, usually offering subject matter taboo in mainstream cinema, usually produced on a low budget and often presented in the guise of preachy exposés or pseudo-documentaries.
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    • 2011-05-05: new
    • 2015-12-03: revised
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