V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE

V' 10

AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE

Elijah Drenner
USA, 2009
Documentaries, 81min, OF

AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE

Elijah Drenner
USA, 2009
Documentaries, 81min, OF

Actors: 
Allison Anders
Judy Brown
Larry Cohen
Joe Dante
Don Edmonds
David Hess
Jack Hill
Jonathan Kaplan
Jeremy Kasten
John Landis
Herschell Gordon Lewis
William Lustig
Ted V. Mikels
Bob Minor
Kim Morgan
Eddie Muller
Fred Olen Ray
Eric Schaefer
Lewis Teague
James Gordon White
Fred Williamson
Contributors: 
Stimme
Robert Forster
Screenplay: 
Elijah Drenner
Calum Waddell
Sound: 
Dan Greene
Elijah Drenner
Camera: 
Dan Greene
Editor: 
Elijah Drenner
Andrew Goldenberg
Dan Greene
Composer: 
Jason Brandt

Production: 
Lux Digital Pictures
World Sales: 
ContentFilm International
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color and Black/White

American Grindhouse explores the history of exploitation film. Elijah Drenner digs deep into this often overlooked category of US cinema and unearths the shameless and occasionally shocking origins of this popular entertainment. Exploitation Cinema has left an indelible mark on American culture, and this informative and amusing documentary proves that its principles – and popularity – endure to this day.
It was not my idea to put Grindhouse clips by Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror) and Quentin Tarantino (Death Proof) in the movie. I lost that fight. I preferred John Landis’ comments about Passion of the Christ and American Gangster as being the real exploitation movies of today – which do remain in the film. I can see the Grindhouse clips as a bridge for viewers, but it’s pretty obvious to anyone watching. I loved Grindhouse, but not many people understood the concept. The fact that it flopped but Passion of the Christ and American Gangster were huge hits proves our point. That’s what our movie is about: the evolution of exploitation, audiences flocking to see it, and how it is a part of our cultural heritage. Like it or not. (Elijah Drenner)

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