By Ernest Mathijs, Xavier Mendik
This moment name within the AlterImage sequence that investigates formerly under-explored components of well known and cult cinema ( Underground U.S.A. being the 1st quantity) good points over 20 essays from an eclectic diversity of writers uncovering the cult cinema of Europe. The writers examine such strange and numerous subject matters as Russian horror cinema, British exploitation, Belgian substitute cinema and Black 'Emmanuelle' motion pictures. Alternative Europe additionally comprises unique interviews with such 'trash' movie administrators as Jess Fano and Brian Yuzna ( Reanimator, etc.).
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Again we see the process whereby the complex and subtle racial ideologies of the T h i r d Reich are simplified in exploitation cinema. Although the women victims/prisoners in Sergio Garrone's Lager SSadis Kastrat Kommandantur are designated simply as 'political criminals', one other character, referred to as a 'political enemy', is clearly signified as Jewish. The assistant camp doctor, Dr Steiner, turns out to be one Professor Abraham (an explicitly Jewish name, who later in the film is seen wearing something resembling a yarmulke and prayer shawl), a world-renowned surgeon who faked his own death during the bombing of his hospital, and took the identity of a Gentile colleague who died in the bombing.
Here, its explicit intention is to provide expert advise, take part in public debates (events, lectures, hearings, discussion panels, festivals), and generally support the visibility, dissemination and public understanding of alternative media arts. Together, these initiatives represent a rise in academic interest in the lowbrow undercurrents of cinema that have all too often been exorcised from critical scrutiny. It is our hope, as editors, that this book may contribute to their visibility. While taking away some of the mystery, it may also help to dissipate some fear.
8 Once the hierarchy is threatened - by male weakness, for example, or female independence - white women tumble down the symbolic order to become like black women and finally apes. No longer safely under male control, they become entirely Other to the hysterical male imagination. Again, this clarifies the logic of a black ape symbolising (white) female liberation and victimhood - unleashed, all English white women would become as monstrously Other and 'un-English' as black women and apes. 'Bloody foreigners', a British Asian says of Queen Kong.
Alternative Europe: Eurotrash and Exploitation Cinema Since 1945 (Alterimage) by Ernest Mathijs, Xavier Mendik