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Sexploitation series coming to BFI Southbank

Sexploitation cinema

Preview by Jack Foley

FROM September 2, the BFI Southbank plays host to Sexploitation Cinema, a tantalising season of screen erotica when we question whether it is time to develop a critical framework for sex-rated cinema.

Come see classics such as Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Joseph Sarno’s The Bed and How to Make It! and Come Ride The Wild Pink Horse and Radley Metzger’s lesbian classic Theresa and Isabelle.

Also screening: the UK premiere of Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001), featuring Roger Corman’s teen and monster quickies alongside the skin shows produced by David Friedman.

The director Ray Greene will introduce both screenings and take questions from the audience.

For much of its first 50 years, sexploitation cinema has been treated with everything from confusion to contempt.

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At best, it is considered a cultural curio, at worst, vehemently condemned as a social evil. Only one this is certain: ‘dirty movies’ have effectively been excluded from the cinematic canon. Is it time to embrace the erotic and to develop a critical framework for sex-rated cinema?

The season will conclude in October when we move into strange tales for Time Square and a survey of soft-core cinema in the early ’70s.

Check out the website to find out more…