[I]n the late 1950s and 1960s, came the so-called exploitation picture. Through not hard-core, these films capitalized on spectacles of sex or violence in quickly and cheaply made feature-length narratives publicly exhibited in legitimate, but often not very respectable, movie houses. On the sex side, exploitation pictures tended to be “nudie cuties.” An early example was Russ Meyer’s The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959), a film shot in four days for $24,000. The story concerns a peripatetic delivery man who, after a visit to the dentist, develops the ability – shared by the audience – to see normally dressed women in the nude.
- Linda Williams, Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the “Frenzy of the Visible,” 1989
This is a teaser for The Immoral Mr. Teas, directed by Russ Meyer in 1959. The teaser was part of the exhibition Stags, Sexploitation, and Hard Core: Moving-Image Pornography up to 1972.
A walk-through of the exhibition is available here: vimeo.com/105454594
A trailer for the exhibition can be found here: vimeo.com/101933725
A treatment of the exhibition can be found here: troybordun.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/video-essay-stags-sexploitation-and-hard-core-moving-image-pornography-up-to-1972/
For a selection of NSFW clips from the exhibition, visit: redtube.com/mr.teas