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A Youth in Babylon: Confessions of a Trash-Film King

David F. Friedman, Don Denevi

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ISBN 10: 087975608X / ISBN 13: 9780879756086
Published by Prometheus Books, 1990
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Signed. First Edition. Inscribed by ghostwriter (Don De Nevi) who writes "Friedman and I worked closely on this story and it turned out to be one of my favorite writing projects." Includes publisher's announcment letter. Unfortunately, the photo plates are coming loose in the middle of the book, but otherwise the book is in fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000076387

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Title: A Youth in Babylon: Confessions of a ...

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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They sold sin and sensation with the magic words "Uncut! Uncensored! Adults Only!" and the most happily shameless of them all was David F. Friedman, the emperor of "exploitation" films. Friedman perfected the fine art of sleaze and delightfully admits that he has hurled more garbage at the public than anyone else before or since. This book is as much his story as it is the history of an idea that in recent times has enjoyed a remarkable rebirth.

Friedman writes with gusto of the glory days when there were taboos to be broken and untold amounts of money to be made. He fondly remembers his cinematic forebears, who sold titillation under the guise of moral instruction. Friedman brought the genre to new highs (and lows), producing such films as She Freak, Blood Feast, The Defilers, Scum of the Earth, Space Thing, Color Me Blood Red, and the classic Two Thousand Maniacs. Whether sexy, gory, or merely shocking, these films played for years to packed theaters and drive-ins.

Though Friedman is considered a folk-hero of the sexual revolution, it was when the "adults only" business lost its uncertain innocence and the movies really began to get dirty that he lost all interest. Hardcore porn - ritualized, explicit, and deadly serious - pulled the rug out from under the adult-film industry and, according to Friedman, ended the fun. For Friedman really did have fun - never more than when he was perpetrating a con or flying in the face of convention.

This book captures the core of basic integrity, the wicked sense of humor, and the unerring sense of showmanship of this American original. A Youth in Babylon is the definitive book on the history of American "exploitation" films and a unique contribution to motion picture history.

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Don DeNevi and Bob Hall

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