Sexploitation or "sex-exploitation" describe a class of independently produced,
low budgetfeature films generally associated with the 1960s and serving largely as a vehicle for the exhibition of non-explicit sexual situations and/or gratuitous nudity. The term is often considered to designate a subgenre of exploitation films as a whole. Sexploitation films were generally exhibited in urban grindhouse theatres, the precursor to the adult movietheaters of the 1970s and '80s that featured hardcore content. The term soft-coreis often used to designate non-explicit sexploitation films after the general legalization of hardcore content. Nudist films are often considered to be subgenres of the sex-exploitation genre as well.
In the late 1960s, American obscenity laws were tested by the Swedish film "
I Am Curious (Yellow)". Because the ruling by the United States Supreme Courtallowed the film on the basis of its educational context, the late 1960s and early 1970s saw a number of sexploitation films which were widely referred to as "white coaters". In these films a doctor dressed in a white coat would give an introduction to the graphic content, thereby deeming it educational. " Language of Love" and other Swedish and American films capitalized on this idea until the laws were relaxed. [cite web | url=http://www.bullz-eye.com/entertainment/interviews/harry_reems.htm | title=Harry Reems Interview: Harry Reems lays it on the table | author=Harris, Will | publisher=Bullz-Eye.com | date=2005-08-31]
Notable sexploitation directors
* "RE/Search No. 10:
Incredibly Strange Films" RE/SearchPublications, 1986 by V. Vale, Andrea Juno, ISBN 0-940642-09-3
* "" (1994) by Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs, ISBN 0-312-13519-X
* Sexploitation Movies: [http://www.sexplomovies.com Definition and data base]
Razor Reel: [http://188.8.131.52/BB/admin/ReelNewsDetail.asp?ID=2696 Sexploitation: Art of perversion ]
Atomic Cinema: [http://www.cinebizarre.com/genre_sexploit.htm]
Razor Reel: [http://184.108.40.206/BB/admin/ReelNewsDetail.asp?ID=3123 Sexploitation: The European Story]
Something Weird: http://www.somethingweird.com/ Popular online resource for Sexploitation movies]
Interview with Stephanie Rothman: http://www.henryjenkins.org/2007/10/stephanie_rothman.html
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