Tuesday, 18 January 2011


ISBN-13: 978-1-903364-93-2
Editors: Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik
Title: Alternative Europe
Subtitle: Eurotrash and Exploitation Cinema Since 1945
Foreword: Jean Rollin
Language: English
Place of Publication: London and New York
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Year of Publication: 2004
Format: 168x234mm (trimmed)
Pages: xiii269; notes, 248; index, 260
Illustrations: 47 black and white pictures and sketches
Binding: Paperback in duotone wrappers
Weight: 596gr.
Entry No.: 2008017
Entry Date: 12th  March 2008


Whether defined by the comic excesses of Spanish director Alex de la Inglesia, the cult horrors of Black Emanuelle and the Italian ‘Nunspolitation’ movie, or the surreal vampire experimentations of Jean Rollin, trash and exploitation cinema represents the alternative face of European film. Although extremely popular with post-war audiences, these historically significant traditions of ‘Eurotrash’ have ofen been ridiculed or ignored by and established film criticism eager to define ‘legitimate’ European cinema as either avant-garde or socially realist.

Alternative Europe: Eurotrash and Exploitation Cinema Since 1945 investigates these previously under-explored  national traditions of film culture, with essays and festival reports uncovering the social and cultural trends and tensions within a wide range of European exploitation movies. The volume considers such engaging and challenging topics as Russian, Belgian and Italian horror cinema, Gothic musclemen movies. Nazi ‘sexploitation’ cycles, German erotic cinema and 1970s European rogue cop thrillers. Alternative Europe also includes interviews with trash directors and icons such as Brian Yuzna, Jörg Buttgereit and Giovanni Lombardo Radice.

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