“Dazzling, highly stylized, excessively violent and brimming with sex, blaxploitation films enjoyed a brief but memorable period in motion picture history . Blaxploitation cinema: the essential reference guide. Front Cover. Josiah Howard . FAB Press, – Performing Arts – pages. Blaxploitation Cinema by Josiah Howard, , available at Book Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide.
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Here’s a new and appreciative look back at a distinctly American motion picture phenomenon, the first truly comprehensive examination of the genre, its films, its trends and its far-reaching impact, covering more than Blaxploitation films in detail. This is the primary reference book on the genre, covering not just the films’ heyday but the entire decade Read more Read less.
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Showing of 20 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is THE definitive book on the Blaxploitation genre in many ways. While it’s true the reviewer may have some negative things to say about some beloved movies in the genre many I personally disagree with, he still provides enough information for YOU to be able to make your own decision to see if you’re interested in finding it.
On top of this, he even includes a number of movies that you could hardly say fall in the blaxploitation genre, but fit within his own guidelines of movies made in the 70s that focused on black main characters and were made for a black audience, which includes some fantastic historical and slice-of-life movies like Sounder, Killer of Sheep, Black Girl, and others.
One person found this helpful. This is definitely one of the better books on the subject. I’ve gone through a few titles and this is closer to what I’m looking for. If you want a hardcore analysis of the Blaxploitation genre then keep on lookin’, but if you want a nice well-rounded introduction to the subject and one that will keep you busy for a long time then this might be for you. It breaks down like this Santiago and Don Schain.
There are about pages devoted to each director interviewed. The next pages is the meat of the book with an alphabetical listing of each film. This extensive reference section has lots of info which includes year, country, alternate titles, rating, genre, running time, studio, director, producers, soundtrack, cast, plot and a brief review.
In between all of these are dozens and dozens of color images of movie poster art and lobby cards. All photos range in size from small around 2″x2″ to full page. So if it’s info on an abundance of films in and around the genre and an extraordinary amount of pictures that you’re looking for, this is it. I dug it but then I’ve bought a few books on the subject that weren’t nearly as entertaining making this one all the more special.
While I like the section discussing each film I’ve been using it as a guide to search out other movies I’ve forgotten aboutI really dig the wonderful movie poster art and behind the scenes pictures. It’s a blast from the past from one helluva fun genre that gets better with age. Here’s a just okay reference book about Blaxploitation movies from – The real problem with the book is the author seems to have general contempt for the genre he’s writing about.
This is especially clear during the review portion, which takes up a large part of the book. Aside from titles like The Mack and Super Fly, he tends to bury nearly every essetial title with general negative comments, including favorites of the genre like Truck Turner and Sweet Jesus Preacher Cinrma, to the absolute hatred of Velvet Smooth referring to Johnnie Hill as “plain-faced and lacking in sex appeal”, which are telltale signs of a bad reviewer, where they pick on the appearance of the star vs the problems with the movie, which Velvet Smooth has many of and Blackenstein.
There are brief uninteresting interviews with Larry Cohen, Jack Hill and Jamaa Fanaka about the films they directed, which reveal nothing a fan of the movies didn’t already know, an essay about the genre, and the previously mentioned large section of two paragraph reviews.
The best part of the book and what makes it worth checking out is the middle. Brother on the Run and Sparkle have fantastic artwork too, which looks beautiful in this book. In the end, I was pretty disappointed in this guide.
I loved the poster section, but it lacks any real information about the movies, the stars or the directors, and what you’re really paying for is a review guide written by what seems to be a non-fan of the genre, along with some sloppy interviews. Still waiting for the definitive guide to Blaxploitation cinema.
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