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FORBIDDEN FRUIT: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture

Through Saturday, March 30
7 Films

Curated by Bret Wood

In the years when Hollywood was harnessed by the Production Code Authority, a new breed of mercenary impresario brazenly depicted every Hays Office taboo (primarily sex, drugs and childbirth), draping their films in a banner of moral uplift. 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. New restorations presented by Kino Lorber in association with Something Weird and the Library of Congress.

Now you too can own original collector’s copies of Mother and Daughter, Father and Son, and The Facts of Life — the exact booklets once sold in moviehouses and town hall auditoriums exhibiting these pictures. A steal at $6 each or $15 for the set! Available at our concession during the festival.

Films in this Series

Friday, March 1


Saturday, March 2


Sunday, March 3


Saturday, March 9


Saturday, March 16


Saturday, March 30


Film Forum