My greatest achievement in film preservation was to facilitate the
donation of some 800 porn prints to the Kinsey Institute. As a history major
gone wrong I would never dismiss any films at least for their cultural
worth. My favorite film of all time, KISS ME DEADLY was condemned as a
violent,disgusting worthless film by virtually all American critics when it
was released in 1955
So I have no problem if Facets wants to carry Sizzle Beach or the best of
I wish they wouldn't carry certain illegal films like THE SORROW AND THE
PITY but they can
have all the junk they can sell
>To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: Tue, Jun 15, 1999, 2:38 PM
>I wonder about Facets.
>I have ordered a number of foreign films from them over years, and have
>well- satisfied with the company, and happy to find a single source for
>such a variety of movies.
>It is a non-profit....and tax-exempt...
>yet it markets very aggressively, sends out many fliers,
>and seems to be competing directly with for-profit mail-order
>Also, it relies heavily on sensational premotions.
>Witness the current flier:
>"100 best drive- in videos....hot stuff in French film!..."
>Then, inside, this description of a film called
>"Sizzle Beach,USA"... " ...this super-dumb, suber bad T&A flick
>was sensibley shelved for more than a decade....this inept time-waster does
>offer some compensation
>in the form of the lovely, acting-impaired leading ladies who strut their
>stuff in a nearly plotless tale of love
>on the beach."
>So why is Facets distributing this one, as well as so many other low-budget
>To make money (they're non-profit, remember)? Is this supposed to be
>funny or what?
>Where do they draw the line on what they will sell?