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Straw dogs

Author: Stevie Simkin
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Series: Controversies (Palgrave Macmillan)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs ignited fierce debate amongst censorship bodies, critics and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic in 1971. When Amy (Susan George) returns to her home territory with her American peacenik husband David (Dustin Hoffman), the residents of this tight-knit Cornish community slowly turn on them. The sexual tension and latent violence finally erupt, culminating in a farmhouse siege and, along  Read more...
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Genre/Form: (Film
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stevie Simkin
ISBN: 9780230296701 023029670X
OCLC Number: 713185417
Description: xx, 155 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Synopsis --
PART I. STRAW DOGS THEN. 1. Genesis and Pre-Production --
2. Shooting and the Problem of Susan George --
3. The Editing Process: Shaping an Ending Original Release and Reception --
4. England Swings, America Rocks: Straw Dogs in its Cultural Context --
5. Feminism and the Sexual Revolution --
6. Backlash: Morality, Censorship and the MPAA --
7. Straw Dogs and the American Censors --
8. Straw Dogs, American Audiences and American Critics --
9. Sixties Britain: a Quieter Revolution --
10. Straw Dogs and the UK Critics --
PART II. STRAW DOGS NOW. 1. Home Video Release: the Video Nasties Debate --
2. Eighteen Years in the Wilderness --
3. Moving with the Times: the BBFC and sexual violence --
4. Straw Dogs Unbound --
PART III. KEY THEMES AND IDEAS. 1. Introduction --
2. Straw Dogs, Masculinity and Violence --
3. Straw Dogs and Vietnam --
4. A Man's House Is --
5. The Problem of Amy --
PART IV. KEY SCENE ANALYSIS. 1. The Rape Scene: Introduction --
2. Venner's Arrival --
3. The First Rape --
4. The Second Rape --
5. Script Development of the rape Scene --
6. Eroticising, Endorsing --
PART V. THE LEGACY OF STRAW DOGS. 1. Straw Dogs, Survival Horror and Rape Revenge --
2. Remake/Remodel --
3. Closing Thoughts.
Series Title: Controversies (Palgrave Macmillan)
Responsibility: Stevie Simkin.

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Straw Dogs ignited fierce debate amongst audiences, critics, and censorship bodies on both sides of the Atlantic on its release in 1971. Stevie Simkin's study sheds light on the film's (mis)fortunes  Read more...

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