Straw Dogs (Controversies)

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Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs ignited fierce debate amongst censorship bodies, critics and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic in 1971. When Amy (Susan George) returns to her home territory with her American peacenik husband David (Dustin Hoffman), the residents of this tight-knit Cornish community slowly turn on them. The sexual tension and latent violence finally erupt, culminating in a farmhouse siege and, along the way, leading to a rape scene that has remained controversial to this day. The film was heavily cut for theatrical release in the US, and the press-inspired furore in the UK led to a number of local councils cutting or banning it outright. Later, caught in the wake of the so-called 'video nasties' panic of the 1980s, Straw Dogs was refused a home video certificate in the UK for nearly 20 years.   Stevie Simkin's study sheds light on the film's (mis)fortunes at the BBFC in 1971 and tracks its subsequent tortuous journey towards home video release, buffeted by various shifts in the Board's policy on representations of rape, and of sexual violence in general. But, equally importantly, Simkin provides a highly original account of the making of the film, which draws on extensive research into Peckinpah's archive, including analysis of draft scripts, notes, memos and contemporary press items. The book also benefits greatly from recent correspondence between the author and a number of Peckinpah's associates, as well as key figures at the BBFC.   This first ever single volume study of Straw Dogs raises new questions about the director's much debated misogyny; it also re-evaluates the movie in relation to the social unrest of the period, in particular protests against the Vietnam War. Finally, it considers the enduring significance of Peckinpah's depiction of sexual violence, providing a comprehensive reading of the cultural resonances of the movie both at the time of its first release, and in the forty years since.

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DR. STEVIE SIMKIN is Reader in Drama and Film, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Winchester, UK. His publications include work on cult television, popular music, and Renaissance drama. He is the author of, amongst other works, A Preface to Marlowe (1999), Revenge Tragedy: A New Casebook (2001), Early Modern Tragedy and the Cinema of Violence (2005), and, also in the Controversies series, a volume on Basic Instinct (forthcoming, 2013).

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Book Description Palgrave MacMillan, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 186 x 134 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Sam Peckinpah s Straw Dogs ignited fierce debate among censors, critics and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic on its release in 1971. When Amy (Susan George) returns to her home village with her American peacenik husband David (Dustin Hoffman), the residents of this tight-knit Cornish community slowly turn on them. The sexual tension and latent violence finally erupt in an explosion of violence that includes a rape scene that has remained controversial to this day. The film was heavily cut for theatrical release in the US, and the pressinspired furore in the UK led to several local councils cutting or banning it outright. Later, caught in the wake of the video nasties panic of the 1980s, Straw Dogs was refused a home-video certificate in the UK for nearly twenty years. Stevie Simkin s study sheds light on the film s treatment by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and tracks its subsequent tortuous journey towards home-video release, buffeted by various shifts in the BBFC s policy on representations of sexual violence. But, equally importantly, Simkin provides a highly original accountof themaking of the film, drawing on extensive research in Peckinpah s archive, including analysis of draft scripts, notes, memos and contemporary press items, as well as insights from a number of Peckinpah s associates, and key figures at the BBFC. A swift, compelling read. Thorough and scholarly without the faintest whiff of academic stuffiness, Stevie Simkin s study of Straw Dogs summons up the turmoil of the 1960s and 70s and illuminates the highly charged subject of sexual violence on film. Stephen Farber, Film Critic, The Hollywood Reporter Stevie Simkin is Reader in Drama and Film at the University of Winchester, UK. He is the author of, among other works, Revenge Tragedy: A New Casebook (2001), Early Modern Tragedy and the Cinema of Violence (2005), and, also in the Controversies series, a volume on Basic Instinct (forthcoming, 2013). Bookseller Inventory # AAU9780230296701

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