Abduction: The Ufo Conspiracy by David Bischoff

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Despite that the story’s integrity was one line of defense, in a transcribed discussion with the scene’s two stars the director is quoted as saying “What gets people into the theater? This scene. . ” This was arguably a way of convincing actress Susannah York to agree to a sex scene that she was quite publically and vociferously against shooting. Elsewhere, Aldrich acknowledged the scene’s exploitative poten- Rate It X? ”16 The director went on to argue that the X rating as a descriptive classification was too broad precisely because it equated controversial content (as featured in his film) with more prurient content, ranging from softcore simulation to hardcore live action.

Another significant court case pertaining to sexual representation on screen and the issue of “obscenity” took place in 1957 with Excelsior Pictures Corp v. New York Board of Regents, a court decision involving a low-­ budget, nudist/exploitation film: The Garden of Eden (1954). When the case found its way to the New York State Court of Appeals, the presiding judge, Charles Desmond, ruled that the nudity depicted in the film was not obscene. Excelsior v. ”6 This led to the proliferation of other nudist movies and to the rise of sexploitation cinema generally, as classical exploitation films were surpassed by more daring fare, beginning with Russ Meyer’s The Immoral Mr.

Concern on Smut Held Unfounded,” New York Times, August 6, 1970, 22. 24. “Pornography Report May Die Or Just Fade Away,” Independent Film Journal, September 16, 1970, 3. 25. “Senate Leaders in Both Parties Denounce Findings of Pornography Panel,” New York Times, October 2, 1970, 70. 26. Richard Halloran, “A Federal Panel Asks Relaxation of Curbs on Smut,” New York Times, October 1, 1970, 1. 27. James M. Naughton, “Epithets Greet Agnew in Salt Lake City,” New York Times, October 1, 1970, 22; “Mr.

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