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Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001)

Not Rated | | Documentary
A look at several legendary 'exploitation' film-makers from the golden days of drive-in movies, and how they had a lasting effect on the movie landscape in general.

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Ray Greene

Writer:

Ray Greene
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Cast overview, first billed only:
F.X. Feeney F.X. Feeney ... Himself
Maila Nurmi ... Herself
Michael Copner Michael Copner ... Himself
Samuel Z. Arkoff ... Himself
James H. Nicholson James H. Nicholson ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Miller ... Himself
Roger Corman ... Himself
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Himself
Joseph McBride ... Himself (as Joseph P. McBride)
David F. Friedman David F. Friedman ... Himself
Michael J. Bowen Michael J. Bowen ... Himself (as Michael Bowen)
Doris Wishman Doris Wishman ... Herself
Harry H. Novak Harry H. Novak ... Himself (as Harry Novak)
Kroger Babb Kroger Babb ... Himself (archive footage)
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)
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You've heard of Hollywood, a town of tinsel and glamour, the town of Paramount, Columbia and MGM. But there is another Hollywood, a place where maverick independent EXPLOITATION FILMMAKERS went toe to toe with the big guys and came out on top! "SCHLOCK! THE SECRET HISTORY OF AMERICAN MOVIES" takes you behind the scenes with the legendary EXPLOITATION and SEXPLOITATION filmmakers of those golden "DRIVE-IN" MOVIE days. It's sexy! It's strange! And every word is true! Written by Ray Greene (director of the film)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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La historia secreta del cine estadounidense See more »

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The cover illustration used for Schlock! was influenced by Agony of Love (1966). See more »

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References The Wages of Sin (1938) See more »

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Arranged and Produced by Johnny English
Words and Music by Ray Greene
Greene/Protagonist Productions
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One of the Best Out There
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001)

**** (out of 4)

Only God himself knows how many documentaries I've seen on "B" movies because I've really lost count over the years. However, I do know this here is probably the best of the bunch as it sinks its teeth into the exploitation flicks of the 30's, the low-budget teenage films of the 50's and more explicit sexploitation films of the 60's. Roger Corman, Forrest J. Ackerman, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Peter Bogdanovich, Doris Wishman, David Friendman, Dick Miller, Harry Novak and even Vampira are interviewed among others. The documentary does a great job at telling how the studio system was bombing at the box office and the likes of Corman were making millions by spending very little. The doc also does a great job at showing how difficult it was to make these films with some of them coming in in just three days. Clips from various classics are shown as well.


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