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PostSubject: Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide   Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:47 pm

Just ordered this! Can't wait for it to turn up.



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A Super-Bad Blast from the Past!

'Josiah Howard's book is frankly the best guide on the subject that I have ever seen.'
- Jack Hill, director of blaxploitation classics Coffy and Foxy Brown.

Dazzling, highly stylized, excessively violent and brimming with sex, blaxploitation films enjoyed a brief but memorable period in motion picture history. Never before - and never since - have so many African American performers been featured in films, not in bit parts, but in name-above-the-title starring roles.

Twenty five years after they first thrilled audiences the body of films known as blaxploitation are enjoying a renaissance. Not only do the pictures continue to captivate film fans, but the entire genre, with its bevy of colourful, utterly-contemporary film characters, irresistible soundtrack albums and catchy film titles, is finally taking its rightful place among the entertainment industry's most enjoyed, and influential, movies.

Directly answering the call for a new and appreciative look back at a distinctly American motion picture phenomenon, Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide is the first truly comprehensive examination of the genre, its films, its trends and its far-reaching impact, covering more than 240 blaxploitation films in detail.

Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide will become the primary reference book on the genre, covering not just the films' heyday (1971-1976) but the entire decade (1970-1980). From Aaron Loves Angela to The Zebra Killer, they're all here in one indispensable volume.

Complimenting the text of Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide are many of the vivid, highly-theatrical, motion picture posters and ads that promoted the films. Blaxploitation's rich and colourful poster art has been the sole subject of a number of coffee-table books. The hand-painted, elaborately illustrated posters and ad campaigns associated with the genre represent a now-gone golden era of sensational motion picture representation. Also features page after page of stunning action stills and original newspaper admats.

In addition to the A-to-Z reviews of blaxploitation movies, this book features interviews with ten great blaxploitation movie directors:

PAUL BOGART
- Halls of Anger, The Skin Game, Mr. Ricco

MATT CIMBER
- The Black Six, Candy Tangerine Man, Lady Cocoa

LARRY COHEN
- Black Caesar, Hell Up in Harlem

ROBERT A. ENDELSON
- Fight for Your Life

JAMAA FANAKA
- Welcome Home Brother Charles, Penitentiary

JACK HILL
- Coffy, Foxy Brown

JONATHAN KAPLAN
- The Slams, Truck Turner

ARTHUR MARKS
- Detroit 9000, Friday Foster, J.D.'s Revenge

CIRIO H. SANTIAGO
- TNT Jackson, Ebony, Ivory & Jade, Death Force

DON SCHAIN
- Ginger, A Place Called Today, Girls Are for Loving

# A comprehensive introduction to the genre.A complete filmography of blaxploitation's golden age (1970-1980).
# More than 250 movie listings, which include director, producer, screenwriter and actor credits along with a full synopsis.
# Vintage and contemporary film reviews, critiques and commentary plus movie taglines, ratings, and extensive cross-referencing.

From the super-successful blaxploitation blockbusters like Shaft and Super Fly to little-known gems such as The Guy from Harlem and Velvet Smooth, Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide is your one-stop source of information on the intriguing, controversial and thoroughly entertaining world of black-cast films.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide   Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:17 pm

Gonna have to nab this, one of these days.

I'd like a good reference book on the subject rather than some history of the genre type deal.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide   Fri May 02, 2008 6:56 pm

Need this book now!

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PostSubject: Re: Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide   Thu May 08, 2008 12:17 am

Just recieved this book and it has far more pages dedicated to reviews than I originally anticipated.

Only 13 pages on defining the genre and documenting its rise and fall. Then you have 25 pages worth of interviews and then finally around 150 pages dedicated to reviews. Still a definitely recommended book.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide   Thu May 08, 2008 4:35 am

Colonel Mortimer wrote:
Just recieved this book and it has far more pages dedicated to reviews than I originally anticipated.

Only 13 pages on defining the genre and documenting its rise and fall. Then you have 25 pages worth of interviews and then finally around 150 pages dedicated to reviews. Still a definitely recommended book.

150 pages of reviews... sounds... AMAZING. I LOVE books that catalogue stuff like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide   Thu May 08, 2008 2:17 pm

Yeah. I can say I'm never going to be short of recommendations thanks to this book.
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