From 1965 to 1972, Andy Milligan made 20 exploitation movies, including Gutter Trash, Torture Dungeon, Bloodthirsty Butchers, and Fleshpot on 42nd Street. For Milligan sadist, misogynist, maniac exploitation was no joke; it was his reality. Based on hundreds of interviews, including many with Milligan himself, this is a tale of violence physical, sexual, psychological. Even the author got sucked in, appearing in one of Milligan’s last gore-fests and nearly getting killed. But this biography profusely illustrated with strange stills isn't just about a lunatic with a movie camera. It’s also an anecdotal history of exploitation films, the birth of off-Broadway theater, the Warhol crowd, and the malevolent place called Times Square. The sick secrets revealed here will shock even hardcore grindhouse fans.
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Jimmy McDonough is the author of the forthcoming Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. He has written for the Village Voice, Variety, Film Comment, Mojo, Spin, and Juggs.
Milligan's greatest films were The Orgy at Lil's Place, The Naked Witch, Fleshpot on 42nd Street and Monstrosity (a violent, bloody rape revenge fantasy that was a cross between Frankenstein and The Golem). Shooting on budgets that hovered around $10,000, Milligan who turned out 29 movies between 1965 and 1988 was infamous; his movies were appallingly shot, often ludicrously plotted shock films that played in 42nd Street grind houses, drive-ins and avant-garde film festivals. No easy subject for a biographer, Milligan, who died of AIDS in 1990 at the age of 61, was drawn to (in no particular order) drugs, violence, s&m sex, misogyny and general weirdness. McDonough's verbatim interviews, which form the spine of the book, reveal a man who could be alternately brutally honest, obstructionist, deceitful and quite kind. McDonough (who has written for the Village Voice and Spin) is careful to add well-researched, nuanced context. His portrait of Milligan's importance to the famous Caffe Cino, for example, considered to be the beginnings of Off-Broadway, are startling, notable additions to theater history. Although McDonough is a loyal fan he even worked with Milligan's production team as part of his research he maintains a critical eye and provides a worthy historical overview of both the aesthetics and business of exploitative cinema. Students of popular American culture, film, as well as of gender and gay and lesbian studies, will relish this intelligent portrait. 91 b&w photos. Agent, Jeff Posternak/Andrew Wylie.
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Description du livre Chicago Review Press, 2001. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P111556524269
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