Over The Edge and Eating Raoul

The Pacific Film Archives

Lurking between Hollywood spectaculars and avant-garde cinema is a film genre that, while sometimes produced through Hollywood channels, is informed by the quirky marginality of the art movie. A number of directors schooled in the machinations of the exploitation film have been able to use this framework to couple the lasciviously seductive qualities of the category with issues not generally dealt with in the narrow repertoire of popular movies. At times comparable to Andy Warhol’s film productions (especially such films as Bad) and somewhat related to the cult style of the midnight-movie circuit, their peripheral quality offers these works particular dispensations. All too frequently, however, they are dull rehashes of male action tits-and-ass sagas, rife with unfunny jokes, two-bit cinematography, and crappy scripts. They gather audiences in drive-ins, sleazy theaters, and amongst liberal

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