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Cultivating Extreme Art Cinema: Text, Paratext and Home Video Culture

Simon Hobbs


The use of hard-core sex and brutal violence in films such as Antichrist, Romance and Irreversible has been branded by many as an unsophisticated attempt to attract audiences. These accusations of gimmickry have been directed towards a range of extreme art films, however they have rarely been explored in detail. This book therefore seeks to investigate the validity of these claims by considering the extent to which these often infamous sequences of extremity inform the commercial identity of the film. Through close textual analysis of various paratexts, the book examines how sleeve designs, bl ... More

Keywords: paratext, DVD, Blu-ray, extreme art cinema, exploitation cinema, art cinema, sex, violence, taste

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474427371
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427371.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Hobbs, author
University of Portsmouth