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That's Sexploitation! (2013)

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This documentary reveals the untold story of American cinema's gloriously sordid cinematic past.


Frank Henenlotter



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Credited cast:
David F. Friedman David F. Friedman ... Self - Interviewee
Gal Friday Gal Friday ... Self - Burlesque Performer
Frank Henenlotter ... Self
Albert Cadabra Albert Cadabra ... Self - Bartender
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Bell ... Self - Burlesque Performer (archive footage)
Mary Blair Mary Blair ... Self - Burlesque Performer (archive footage)
Doreen Cannon Doreen Cannon ... Self - Burlesque Performer (archive footage)
Kalantan ... Self - Burlesque Performer (archive footage)
Bettie Page ... Self - Burlesque Performer (archive footage)
Russell Patterson ... Self - Pinup Artist (archive footage)
Iva Pratt Iva Pratt ... Self - Burlesque Performer (archive footage)
Sally Rand ... Self - Burlesque Fan Dancer (archive footage)
Vera Richkova Vera Richkova ... Self - Burlesque Performer (archive footage)
Rosita Royce Rosita Royce ... Self - Burlesque Performer (archive footage)
Georgia Sothern Georgia Sothern ... Self - Burlesque Performer (archive footage)
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Before the advent of modern-day pornography, a vast and rapidly-paced world of smut peddling was the norm, complete with its own secret history. This documentary reveals the untold story of American cinema's gloriously sordid cinematic past. Starting in the 1920s, expert exploiteer David F. Friedman and Henenlotter navigate us through more than five salacious decades of skin flicks. It's the true story of dirty movies, traced in elegant detail from the bizarre locations where these nudie shorts were screened to the ongoing legal battles fought by their promoters. And of course there are the stories of the innovators themselves, people who often risked their own security and livelihood to make these films, believing in some way that what they were doing wasn't a 'bad' thing - and that it could rake in some dough. Written by Mike Hunchback

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The Films Saved by Something Weird Video
5 August 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

That's Sexploitation! (2013)

*** (out of 4)

Director Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE) and exploitation master David F. Friedman narrates and hosts this look at sexploitation movies that were made from decade to decade. The film traces the history of sexploitation movies from the silent era through the 30s with films like SEX MADNESS and all the way up through the 70s when hardcore porn pretty much killed off the softcore picture.

Henenlotter's film is certainly worth seeing if you're a fan of these types of movies even though there were a few films released before this one that covers the same subject. This one here was produced by the great folks at Something Weird Video and more than anything else this here is a highlight reel for their movies. This thing clocks in at 136 minutes, which is a bit too long. Well, it's really too long but if you're a fan of these type of pictures you'll get several clips to various films that you'll want to take note of and track down.

The interview segments with Friendman were recorded at his home in Alabama shortly before his death. He's certainly an expert on the genre so it was fun getting to hear him talk about some of the early masters of the genre and we even get to hear about the likes of Edgar G. Ulmer getting involved in the skin business. Obviously there are hundreds of films shown and of course there's a ton of nudity. If you're familiar with Something Weird Video's catalog then many of the titles will be familiar to you. There's a lot of attention paid to the exploitation pictures of the 1930s as well as how the films got a bit darker after WWII.

THAT'S SEXPLOITATION! covers a lot of ground and I thought the format of going decade by decade was a wise choice. The film certainly runs way too long but it's a great way to get familiar with some of the titles offered up by Something Weird Video.

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25 June 2013 (USA) See more »

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Anniston, Alabama, USA See more »

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