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Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s

Elena Gorfinkel


Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation’s Cinema Scenes of Looking examines the efflorescence of American sexploitation films in the United States in the years between 1960 and 1972. Approximately hundreds, if not close to a thousand of such films were made in the 1960s, yet no scholarly book exists on the subject. Employing nudity but soft-core and melodramatic in tone, sexploitation films were preoccupied with the conditions of looking at exposed female flesh, conditions that they also archive and document. Defined by their low-budgets, crude mise-en-scène, and an unswerving focus on a fantastica ... More

Keywords: Sexuality, American film, independent cinema, spectatorship, obscenity, censorship, adult film, gender, film studies, pornography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781517900175
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9781517900175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elena Gorfinkel, author
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee