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  • Directors: Jamie McDonald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q66Q1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Three Stars. This documentary takes a look at the seductively lurid magazine covers that even some of their artists sadly seemed to disown. This nifty little history, subtitled "Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares", examines those sensationalistic crime-fantasy-romance magazines that eventually seemed silly with the advent of World War II. For the most part, original canvases were discarded, but rare survivors are good for lots of green. USA Today 08/10/07 --USA Today

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The artwork found on pulp fiction magazine covers has rankled American sensibilities since before your grandparents time. Now for the first time on film, Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares takes an in-depth look at these incredible yet misunderstood works of art; some of which, due to their controversial content, are rarely seen in public today.

Pulp fiction art is more than simply an American art form; it is a state of mind. Politically incorrect, shocking, offensive and deliciously fun, it is unforgettable.

Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares takes you behind the scenes of this forgotten art form with interviews of the artists who created these sinfully entertaining paintings and the collectors who have kept it alive. Winner of the 2006 Best Documentary award at both the Dragon*Con Film Festival and The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival, documentary filmmaker Jamie McDonald gained exclusive access to the world s largest pulp art collection - owned by pulp art historian Robert Lesser. Whether you are a true fan of the art form or a curious newcomer, Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares will leave you thinking differently about what constitutes true art

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Volunteer of America VINE VOICE on June 27, 2007
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This is a fabulous documentary about a very appealing - to me, at least - American art genre, pulp illustration, which combined highly accomplished craftsmanship with tremendous imagination in what were often (certainly in the sci fi area) ground-breaking images. The artists were as good as anyone who made their living painting; many of those discussed in this film, Frank Paul, Rafael deSoto, Virgil Finlay, Hannes Bok, Margaret Brundage, rank as the best illustrators of all time. As Frank Frazetta was for Conan, J, Allen St.John for Burroughs, Jno. O'Neill for Frank Baum, so were these artists perfectly suited to the lurid adventure and sex of the pulps.

Weird Tales! Planet Stories! The Spicy mags! Margaret Brundage! An Oak Park, Illinois housewife, she created the most sensuous, rich, savage images dripping with sexuality. Died in near poverty, poor lady, and now her works (if they can be found) would sell for many tens of thousands of dollars. Frank Paul: not the greatest at drawing people, nevertheless his colors and monsters explode off the covers, psychedelia way before its time.

Robert Lesser, king of pulp art (and space toy) collectors, is featured throughout. Excellent film, very comprehensive given its length, recommend highly though I really don't need the competition in acquiring the magazines it may provoke. Still, I'm out of wall space.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Spitzer on November 18, 2007
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Simply summarized....... this is a well deserved documentary that finally gives attention and praise to the largely unknown artists of the 20s-40's who gave us the exciting artwork on the cover of all those thousands and thousands of Pulp covers during an interesting time in American History.

Although usually disregarded as "quickly generated art for hire" during it's day and by the "artsy fartsy gallery art world".......... the fact is these artists produced more intense and enjoyable paintings than 90% of the stuff you see in art galleries today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lonni H. Lees on December 1, 2009
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This was a fun, informative and interesting video. However, I was disappointed that there was no mention of the man I consider the best pulp artist of all, Robert Maguire. It was nice to see a face put to the man who publishes Hard Case Crime and the video definitely has earned a space on my shelf of artist bio's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reverend Skull VINE VOICE on October 9, 2008
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I enjoyed this DVD a lot. I had read in books about the era of pulp art, but seeing it on video and hearing from the actual artists was very exciting and educational.
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By Scott A. Citron on December 17, 2012
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I was expecting more. More information and greater breath of covers. what is displayed is very good. I believe the whole thing is only 20 minutes.
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