Leonard Lopate at Large: Bret Wood

Today on Leonard Lopate at Large, Bret Wood, of the film distribution company Kino Lobber, talks about curating a new series at Film Forum celebrating an absurd movement in film history entitled “Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture.”

In the years when Hollywood was under the tight control of the Production Code Authority, a new breed of movie mercenary-impresario brazenly broke every rule on depicting taboo subjects (primarily sex, drugs and childbirth) in films produced under the auspices of being morally uplifting.

More carny showmen than movie moguls, wily entrepreneurs like Kroger Babb and Dwain Esper exhibited these films “roadshow” style, with garish lobby displays, live lectures and souvenirs.

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Leonard Lopate at Large: Bret Wood

 
 
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