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In Reply to: RE: Imagine if you only ate American food everyday. posted by tinear on January 12, 2021 at 14:00:56
Some of the best exploitation films come from elsewhere. Take a dive into the works of Jess Franco, Walerian Borowczyk, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Tinto Brass, Umberto Lenzi, etc. and then there are the style over substance directors such as Mario Bava and Dario Argento. Some of these guys showcased emerging beauties like Soledad Miranda and Marie Liljedahl and others provided continued work for Hollywood stars like Carroll Baker. It's not all high-brow stuff. They exploited everything from Nazism to Catholicism. Just look at some of the sub genres - women in prison, convents, sexual exploitation of horror, giallo/murder, etc.
Fellini, Bergman, Truffaut/Godard/Bresson are great directors of course, but trash cinema is the way to learn about a culture and particularly its seedy underbelly. Plus, you cant' beat the music scores in many of these flicks - I'm neck deep in soundtracks from Piero Umiliani and Piero Piccioni as we speak. (US has its fair share of depravity from early John Waters, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Doris Wishman, Russ Meyer etc. as well as very stylish directors like Radley Metzger. Watch the grave-side service scene in Meyer's Mudhoney. It starts with a fire and brimstone sermon from a scary preacher and ends with a fight between a hitchhiker and a drunk who tips the casket, body and drunk falling into the grave together. The movie as a whole is bland but that one scene is probably the best of the southern grotesque I've seen on film. It rivals anything written by Faulkner. For those who never got to see it in person at travelling carnivals, watch the dizzying Wall of Death scene in Metzger's The Lickerish Quartet.) Film as art is fine, but if you want to be amused, shocked, bewildered, or generally entertained start with Eurotrash cinema and go from there for your spicy foods.
The tone of the thread seemed to go that way. Although I gravitate to the subversive, Fellini's 8 1/2 is my favorite mid-life crisis film.
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