Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide by Josiah Howard
Hardcover – Fab Press – May 2021 – 240 pages
Dazzling, highly stylized, excessively violent and brimming with sex, blaxploitation films enjoyed a brief but memorable period in motion picture history. Never before – and never since – have so many African American performers been featured in films, not in bit parts, but in name-above-the-title starring roles.
Half a century after they first thrilled audiences the body of films known as blaxploitation are enjoying a renaissance. Not only do the pictures continue to captivate film fans, but the entire genre, with its bevy of colourful, utterly-contemporary film characters, irresistible soundtrack albums and catchy film titles, is finally taking its rightful place among the entertainment industry’s most enjoyed, and influential, movies.
Directly answering the call for a new and appreciative look back at a distinctly American motion picture phenomenon, Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide is the first truly comprehensive examination of the genre, its films, its trends and its far-reaching impact, covering more than 240 blaxploitation films in detail.
Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide will become the primary reference book on the genre, covering not just the films’ heyday (1971-1976) but the entire decade (1970-1980). From Aaron Loves Angela to The Zebra Killer, they’re all here in one indispensable volume.
Complimenting the text of Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide are many of the vivid, highly-theatrical, motion picture posters and ads that promoted the films. Blaxploitation’s rich and colourful poster art has been the sole subject of a number of coffee-table books. The hand-painted, elaborately illustrated posters and ad campaigns associated with the genre represent a now-gone golden era of sensational motion picture representation. Also features page after page of stunning action stills and original newspaper admats.
In addition to the A-to-Z reviews of blaxploitation movies, this book features interviews with ten great blaxploitation movie directors:
– Halls of Anger, The Skin Game, Mr. Ricco
– The Black Six, Candy Tangerine Man, Lady Cocoa
– Black Caesar, Hell Up in Harlem
ROBERT A. ENDELSON
– Fight for Your Life
– Welcome Home Brother Charles, Penitentiary
– Coffy, Foxy Brown
– The Slams, Truck Turner
– Detroit 9000, Friday Foster, J.D.’s Revenge
CIRIO H. SANTIAGO
– TNT Jackson, Ebony, Ivory & Jade, Death Force
– Ginger, A Place Called Today, Girls Are for Loving
- A comprehensive introduction to the genre.
- A complete filmography of blaxploitation’s golden age (1970-1980).
- More than 250 movie listings, which include director, producer, screenwriter and actor credits along with a full synopsis.
- Vintage and contemporary film reviews, critiques and commentary plus movie taglines, ratings, and extensive cross-referencing.
From the super-successful blaxploitation blockbusters like Shaft and Super Fly to little-known gems such as The Guy from Harlem and Velvet Smooth, Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide is your one-stop source of information on the intriguing, controversial and thoroughly entertaining world of black-cast films.