Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture

In the mid-1930s, when the Production Code tightened the leash on Hollywood’s Depression-era decadence, cagey entrepreneurs stepped in to fill the void, producing... Read more

Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture

Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture

In the mid-1930s, when the Production Code tightened the leash on Hollywood’s Depression-era decadence, cagey entrepreneurs stepped in to fill the void, producing independent features on sub-Poverty Row budgets that fed audiences’ hunger for the illicit. While the Pre-Code films had demonstrated the art of nuance and the power of suggestion, exploitation films were ham-fisted exposés of a wide variety of hot-button issues, most frequently drug abuse and sex hygiene. By framing themselves as social problem films (almost always beginning with a lengthy title scroll stating their educational intent), exploitation films granted themselves a license to depict all the vices major studio films were forbidden to dramatize. Although vulgar by design and technically poor in execution, exploitation films occasionally surprise the viewer with moments of emotional poignance and a gleeful disregard for convention. In a period when independently-owned “Main Street” theaters were being choked out of business by the studio-owned theater chains, exploitation films provided a welcome injection of revenue, since these films could always be depended upon to attract a crowd, due to both the scandalous subject matter and the carnivalesque way in which they were promoted.
 
Features include:
NARCOTIC (1933, Dwain Esper and Vival Sodar’t, 61 min.)
MOM AND DAD (1945, William Beaudine, 97 min.)
* Includes the option to screen pre-recorded “lecture” or have a live performer give the lecture.
* Authentic sex hygiene booklets are available for these screenings.
CHILD BRIDE (1938, Harry Revier, 62 min.)
MARIHUANA: WEED WITH ROOTS IN HELL (1936, Dwain Esper, 55 min.)
SEX MADNESS (1938, director unknown, 59 min.)
TEST TUBE BABIES (1948, W. Merle Connell, 69 min.)
SHE SHOULD’A SAID ‘NO!’ (1949, Sam Newfield, 71 min.)
 
Shorts include:
SEVENTH COMMANDMENT (1932, trailer,  2 min.)
HOW TO TAKE A BATH (Dwain Esper, 14 min.)
THE MARCH OF CRIME, Volume 1 (1936, Dwain Esper, 9 min.)
HOW TO UNDRESS  (1938, Dwain Esper, 15 min.)
THE MARCH OF CRIME, Volume 2 (1936, Dwain Esper, 10 min.)

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Venue City Date
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1562299200July 5 - July 25, 2019
Film Scene Iowa City 1556683200May 1, 2019
Harris Theater Pittsburgh 1556251200April 26, 2019
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers Yonkers 1554868800April 10, 2019
Film Forum New York 15514164003/1-3, 3/8-9, 3/16, 3/30


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