[THAT'S SEXPLOITATION! screens Saturday January 31st at 9:05 pm at the Cleveland Cinematheque.]
Review by Bob Ignizio
From the earliest days of the medium, there have been those looking to put the “sin” in cinema, and by doing so turn a tidy profit. For much of that time, however, full on hardcore pornography was illegal, and standards could be even stricter depending on what state a given film was exhibited in. Thus was born the sexploitation film, a genre that teased audiences with the promise of sex, never quite delivered, and yet still left the paying customers feeling more or less satisfied. The films were a mixture of innocent fun and carny hucksterism, seldom of very high quality but, at least in hindsight, possessing a certain undeniable charm.