Jack Hill

Jack Hill

This filmography covers all of Jack Hill's works. Each entry offers alternate titles, cast, credits, a plot summary, extensive critical information, quotes, and an interview with Jack Hill about that particular film.

Author: Calum Waddell

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786452880

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Jack Hill stands as one of the great B-movie directors and influenced an aspiring filmmaker named Quentin Tarantino. The director who gave the world Coffy, Foxy Brown, Spider Baby, Switchblade Sisters and other exploitation classics broke gender and racial barriers in his low-budget work. He launched the careers of Pam Grier, Ellen Burstyn and Sid Haig and worked with Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney in the twilight of their careers. This filmography covers all of Jack Hill’s works. Each entry offers alternate titles, cast, credits, a plot summary, extensive critical information, quotes, and an interview with Jack Hill about that particular film.
Categories: Performing Arts

A Piece of the Action

A Piece of the Action

David Oestreicher, “Third World People in Film World Jobs,” New York Daily News, September 9, 1973. ... March 10, 2006; Jack Hill, quoted in Calum Waddell, Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film (Jefferson, ...

Author: Eithne Quinn

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231551014

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 278

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Hollywood is often thought of—and certainly by Hollywood itself—as a progressive haven. However, in the decade after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the film industry grew deeply conservative when it came to conflicts over racial justice. Amid black self-assertion and white backlash, many of the most heated struggles in film were fought over employment. In A Piece of the Action, Eithne Quinn reveals how Hollywood catalyzed wider racial politics, through representation on screen as well as in battles over jobs and resources behind the scenes. Based on extensive archival research and detailed discussions of films like In the Heat of the Night, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Super Fly, Claudine, and Blue Collar, this volume considers how issues of race and labor played out on the screen during the tumultuous early years of affirmative action. Quinn charts how black actors leveraged their performance capital to force meaningful changes to employment and film content. She examines the emergence of Sidney Poitier and other African Americans as A-list stars; the careers of black filmmakers such as Melvin Van Peebles and Ossie Davis; and attempts by the federal government and black advocacy groups to integrate cinema. Quinn also highlights the limits of Hollywood’s liberalism, showing how predominantly white filmmakers, executives, and unions hid the persistence of racism behind feel-good stories and public-relations avowals of tolerance. A rigorous analysis of the deeply rooted patterns of racial exclusion in American cinema, A Piece of the Action sheds light on why conservative and corporate responses to antiracist and labor activism remain pervasive in today’s Hollywood.
Categories: Performing Arts

Beyond Blaxploitation

Beyond Blaxploitation

in blaxploitation cinema as we continue to find innovative ways to engage with such a fascinating, iconic, ... Calum Waddell, Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009), 127.

Author: Novotny Lawrence

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814340776

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Beyond Blaxploitation, the first book-length anthology of scholarly work on blaxploitation film, sustains the momentum that blaxploitation scholarship has recently gained, giving the films an even more prominent place in cinema history. This volume is made up of eleven essays employing historical and theoretical methodologies in the examination of spectatorship, marketing, melodrama, the transition of novel to screenplay, and racial politics and identity, among other significant topics. In doing so, the book fills a substantial gap that exists in the black cinematic narrative and, more broadly, in film history. Beyond Blaxploitation is divided into three sections that feature original essays on a variety of canonical blaxploitation films and others that either influenced the movement or in some form represent a significant extension of it. The first section titled, “From Pioneer to Precursor to Blaxploitation,” centers on three films—Cotton Comes to Harlem, Watermelon Man, and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song—that ignited the African American film cycle. The second section, “The Canon and the Not so Canon,” is dedicated to forging alternative considerations of some of the most highly regarded blaxploitation films, while also bringing attention to lesser-known films in the movement. The final section, “Was, Is, or Isn’t Blaxploitation,” includes four essays that offer significant insights on films that are generally associated with blaxploitation but contest traditional definitions of the movement. Moreover, this section features chapters that address industrial factors that led to the creation of blaxploitation cinema and highlight the limitations of the term itself. Beyond Blaxploitation is a much-needed pedagogical tool, informing film scholars, critics, and fans alike, about blaxploitation’s richness and complexity.
Categories: Performing Arts

Female Action Heroes

Female Action Heroes

Hill's prolific career is examined in a biography written by British writer Calum Waddell in Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film (2009). Born on January 28, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, Hill is ...

Author: Gladys L. Knight

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313376122

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 341

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This book offers 25 profiles of some of the most popular female action heroes throughout the history of film, television, comic books, and video games. * Comprises 25 profiles, arranged alphabetically * 70 sidebars provide additional information on pertinent topics, individuals, and symbols * Includes a chronology of major appearances of the 25 female action heroes in film, television, comic books, and video games, as well as women's fashion trends and major events in women's history * Offers a photograph of each featured, female action hero * Presents a glossary of 39 terms, including female archetypes like "femme fatale" and social movements like "third-wave feminism" * Provides a selected bibliography of books and Internet sites related to the topics of female action heroes, women's history, and media studies
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Black Arts Movement and the Black Panther Party in American Visual Culture

The Black Arts Movement and the Black Panther Party in American Visual Culture

Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009). Waddell, Jack Hill, 90. Waddell, Jack Hill, 124, 136. Robinson, Cedric J. “Blaxploitation and the Misrepresentation of Liberation,” ...

Author: Jo-Ann Morgan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429885877

Category: Art

Page: 212

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This book examines a range of visual expressions of Black Power across American art and popular culture from 1965 through 1972. It begins with case studies of artist groups, including Spiral, OBAC and AfriCOBRA, who began questioning Western aesthetic traditions and created work that honored leaders, affirmed African American culture, and embraced an African lineage. Also showcased is an Oakland Museum exhibition of 1968 called "New Perspectives in Black Art," as a way to consider if Black Panther Party activities in the neighborhood might have impacted local artists’ work. The concluding chapters concentrate on the relationship between selected Black Panther Party members and visual culture, focusing on how they were covered by the mainstream press, and how they self-represented to promote Party doctrine and agendas.
Categories: Art

Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel The Uncensored Book Reviews of Classic Images Laura Wagner 2001 2010

Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel  The Uncensored Book Reviews of Classic Images  Laura Wagner  2001 2010

(As a hardcore horror fan, I know better, but others being introduced to these movies by this book, might not.) ... I wholeheartedly recommend Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film, ...

Author: Laura Wagner

Publisher: BearManor Media

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

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"This is one of the best and most intelligent pieces of film-writing and criticism that I have had in my hands for years." - Steve Kaplan, oldies.com Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel: The Uncensored Book Reviews of Classic Images' Laura Wagner, 2001-2010, gathers together the best of Laura's monthly book reviews from Classic Images magazine - uncensored, as they were meant to be read in the first place. Also included is some of the hate mail she has received because of her hard-core, take-no-prisoners approach to reviewing. The much-beloved Laura Wagner's articles have appeared regularly in Classic Images (www.classicimages.com) and Films of the Golden Age (www.filmsofthegoldenage.com) since 1995. She became the book reviewer for Classic Images in 2001. Laura is the co-author of Killer Tomatoes: 15 Tough Film Dames (McFarland) and contributed a short story to the anthology, It's That Time Again 2!: More New Stories of Old-Time Radio (BearManor Media).
Categories: Performing Arts

The Cinematography of Roger Corman

The Cinematography of Roger Corman

Exploitation – until then neglected and underrated – suddenly saw the publishing of voluminous academic works on its ... 9See, for example: Calum Waddell, Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film (Jefferson, ...

Author: Pawel Aleksandrowicz

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443843614

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 215

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Roger Corman is an ambiguous artistic figure. On the one hand, he is notorious for shooting and producing his films quickly, cheaply and with blatant disregard for safety measures, which, together with his ability to issue a dozen new films every year and his impressive filmography, have earned him the titles of “shlockmeister” and “the King of the B’s” among film journalists. On the other hand, he became the youngest American director to be given a film retrospective at the prestigious Cinématèque Française in Paris, one of his directorial efforts – House of Usher – was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded him with an Academy Honorary Award “for his rich engendering of films and filmmakers.” This book investigates this duality and explores whether Corman is indeed a shlockmeister or an artist whose works are worthy of the highest cinema awards. The scope of analysis is limited to his directorial efforts “only” – still encompassing 50 features – excluding the 400 films he produced. The methodology adopted here is based on the auteur theory in its structuralist version by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and Peter Wollen, and focuses on three areas of interest: work ethic – personal elements in the films, personal control over and commitment to the production process outside direction; themes – topics and concerns common for many of the films regardless of the genre; and style – recurring stylistic motifs and elements in the camerawork, editing, and framing.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Style of Sleaze

The Style of Sleaze

The Style of Sleaze reasons that the aesthetic and thematic approach of the key texts within three distinct exploitation demarcations - blaxploitation, horror and sexploitation - indicate a concurrent evolution of filmmaking that could be ...

Author: Calum Waddell

Publisher: Traditions in American Cinema

ISBN: 1474431836

Category: Blaxploitation films

Page: 216

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The Style of Sleaze reasons that the aesthetic and thematic approach of the key texts within three distinct exploitation demarcations - blaxploitation, horror and sexploitation - indicate a concurrent evolution of filmmaking that could be seen as an identifiable cinematic movement.
Categories: Blaxploitation films

Women Make Horror

Women Make Horror

For select examples, see Calum Waddell, Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009); Chris Nashawaty, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman, ...

Author: Alison Peirse

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9781978805132

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

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“But women were never out there making horror films, that’s why they are not written about – you can’t include what doesn’t exist.” “There are really, very few women horror filmmakers working today, that’s why so few are coming up.” “Women are just not that interested in making horror films.” “How can you be a woman and be a fan of horror?” This is what you get when you are a woman working in horror, whether as a writer, academic, festival programmer or filmmaker. These assumptions are based on decades of flawed scholarly, critical and industrial thinking about the genre. Women Make Horror sets right these misconceptions. Women have always been making horror, they have always been an audience for the genre, and today, as this book reveals, women academics, critics and filmmakers alike remain committed to a film genre that offers almost unlimited opportunities for exploring and deconstructing social and cultural constructions of gender, femininity, sexuality and the body. Women Make Horror is the first book-length study of women filmmakers in horror film, the first all-women edited book on horror film, and the first book to call out the male-bias in written histories of horror and then to illuminate precisely how, and where, these histories are lacking. It re-evaluates existing literature on the history of horror film, on women practitioners in the film industry and approaches to undertaking film industries research. It establishes new approaches for studying women practitioners and illuminates their unexamined contribution to the formation and evolution of the horror genre. The book focuses on women directors and screenwriters but also acknowledges the importance of women producers, editors and cinematographers. It explores narrative and experimental cinema, short, anthology and feature-filmmaking, and offers case studies of North American, Latin American, European, East Asian and Australian filmmakers, films and festivals. Women Make Horror is designed to not only engage and inspire dialogue between the academy, filmmakers, industry gatekeepers, festival programmers and horror film fans. With this book we can transform how we think about women filmmakers and genre.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Best Horror of the Year

The Best Horror of the Year

Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film by Calum Waddell (McFarland) interviews Hill himself ... such low budge movies as Spider Baby, Foxy Brown, and Switchblade Sisters, breaking racial and gender barriers.

Author: Ellen Datlow

Publisher: Start Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781597802499

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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Celebrities take refuge in a white-walled mansion as plague and fever sweep into Cannes; a killer finds that the living dead have no appetite for him; a television presenter stumbles upon the chilling connection between a forgotten animal act and the Whitechapel Murders; a nude man unexpectedly appears in the backgrounds of film after film; mysterious lights menace the crew of a small plane; a little girl awakens to discover her nightlight--and more--missing; two sisters hunt vampire dogs in the wild hills of Fiji; lovers get more than they bargained for in a decadent discotheque; a college professor holds a classroom mesmerized as he vivisects Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"... What frightens us, what unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the seventeen stories included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year. Legendary editor Ellen Datlow (Poe: New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe), winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, joins Night Shade Books in presenting The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Two.
Categories: Fiction