Blaxploitation films explored in Dunwoody lecture

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For Immediate Release

Say “Shaft,” and that pulsating, Oscar-winning soundtrack of the 1970s film immediately comes to mind for persons of a certain age. Classic film clips from movies like “Shaft,” and “Superfly,” will be part of the talk “Badass Films,” presented by Paul Gaustad, GPC film and communications assistant professor, on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 11:30 a.m. in Dunwoody auditorium, Building NC-1100. Gaustad’s talk is part of the Sarah Larson Lecture Series on the Humanities.

These Blaxploitation  films, Gaustad said, “were made during an era fraught with social and political upheaval and confrontation and focus upon a world of entrapment, poverty, inequality, isolation and moral chaos.”

Gaustad will discuss the historical and sociological interpretation of the Blaxploitation genre as well as its historical beginnings, evolution, primary characters, inevitable fade out and periodic resurrection for entirely new audiences to consider and value. He cautions that many of the clips that he will be showing are rated “R,” for vulgarity, violence and semi-nudity.

The Sarah Larson Lecture series is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.

For information, contact Megan Levacy at 770-274-5583.


Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 22,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information,

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