Big breasts and bad attitudes: the films of Russ Meyer

Underwood, Liam (2011) Big breasts and bad attitudes: the films of Russ Meyer. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The main aim of this dissertation is to assess the role of sexploitation director Russ Meyer within the history of American cinema, and to examine how critical interest in his work has changed over time. By separating his oeuvre into three separate periods, each with their own traits and visual style, it is possible to chart how Meyer evolved as a filmmaker, partly in response to America’s changing socio-political climate, and partly to adapt to audiences changing interests.

    In this study, the first period, 'nudie-cuties', is considered in conjunction with genre. The purpose of this is to consider the field Meyer was working within, and to note the differences between sexploitation and pornography. Meyer’s second period, 'the roughies, allows for observation on the notion of Meyer as an auteur, while the third period, the sexual dramas, provides opportunity to examine the themes Meyer explores in his films, juxtaposed with the decline in audience interest and the parallel rise in cult and fan criticism.

    By examining these various theoretical approaches, and considering the arguments put forward by fans and select critics, the conclusion of this study reconsiders Russ Meyer’s role as a director while assessing what it is about his work that keeps audiences returning.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 14:41
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58

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