Saturday, July 4, 2009

BALLYHOO! The Hollywood Sideshow

BALLYHOO: The Hollywood Sideshow (1996) is an early documentary on the world of exploitation cinema and its origins. Originally aired on American Movie Classics-- when it was still commercial-free and supported Hollywood's Golden Age-- what it lacks in high energy it makes up for in being an adequately informative introduction to anyone newly discovering this uniquely American genre of low budget filmmaking and the sensationalism used to promote it. Hosted by Frankie Avalon and featuring comments from John Waters, Roger Ebert, Peter Bogdanovich, Mamie Van Doren, and exploitation pioneer Dave Friedman, among others. Introduction by former AMC host, Nick Clooney.
These videos were transferred from VHS which were recorded from broadcast over 10 years ago, so you may find the quality offered a couple of miles this side of inferior. But hey, what d'ya want fer nuthin'? ;-) Enjoy.

If you'd like to see more, you can watch parts 2 thru 7
via my YouTube channel
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