As one might expect, "trash" filmmaker Friedman's memoir, written with freelancer DeNevi, has about as much subtlety as a Las Vegas bump-and-grind. In this entertaining, self-indulgent confession, he chronicles his entry into show biz as a press agent for "educational" sex-hygiene reels, to his later work as creator/promotor of smuttier, more gruesome celluloid fare including Boin-n-g! and Blood Feast . Adventures with exploitation-movie producers such as Herschell Lewis and Kroger Babb are recounted, as are promotion schemes; we're told about the investments and brainstorms behind low-budget productions and see the huckster's talent for turning censorship boycotts into publicity hype. Though Friedman is often condescending and macho, he proves himself here to be resourceful; and his enchantment with the carney tradition is infectious, making even the book's unrelenting, ring-masteresque alliterations ("circulating salesmen of cinema sleaze") bearable. "America's Most Notorious Carpetbagger of Cinemadom" gleefully proves H. L. Mencken's axiom: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." Photos not seen by PW . 40,000 first printing; $40,000 ad/promo.
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Great book, but I just wish that Friedman had ALSO covered his life in showbiz from the late 1960's, up to the present day (before he passed on). Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Ray
David F. Friedman's extraordinarily entertaining biography traces not only his colorful life, but also the the history of exploitation from side show carnivals to the... Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by Nicholas J. Faust