Exploitation Cinema

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Exploitation Cinema

Spring 2019

Taught By: David Bering-Porter

Section: A

CRN: 4993

Credits: 4

[Track C, S] Lurid content. Sensational themes. Cult followings. This class explores the world of movies so bad, they’re good. Exploitation cinema has its roots in precautionary tales about the use and abuse of sex, drugs, and violence and evolves into titillating exposés, B-movies, and low-budget cult hits that showed things forbidden in mainstream media of the time. Known for their excessive content, exploitation cinema is like a royal road into our cultural unconscious and brings to light issues of censorship and desire, excess and freedom, power and resistance. We will explore the very notion of “exploitation” and what it means to exploit and be exploited; what it means to be taken advantage of and, conversely, to game the system. This course on exploitation cinema will explore these historical, political, and theoretical ideas (and more!) through and close engagement with classic examples of exploitation films such as blaxploitation, sexploitation, carsploitation, Giallo films, cannibal films, and splatter films, as well as examples of recent revivals and throwbacks in the genre. This course counts towards the Ethnicity and Race Minor. [Track C, S]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:20pm 6/15/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 3:50pm - 5:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 902

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019

Days: Monday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 908

Date Range: 1/28/2019 - 5/13/2019