Mau Mau Sex Sex (2001)




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Ted Bonnitt directs this affectionate look at the lives and careers of David Friedman and Dan Sonney, two central figures of schlock movies from the 1940s through the 1960s. The film opens with the two swapping amiable barbs at one another as they ride around in the backseat of a car winding through the streets of L.A., where they shot hundreds of no-budget brilliantly-weird exploitation flicks. Sonney recounts how his father made the unlikely journey from coal miner to grandstanding law-enforcer to the producer of the 1934 movie Maniac (aka Sex Maniac). He also explains how films during this time, such as Wages of Sin maintained a pretext of "education," while in fact sensationalizing sex, violence, and a sundry other taboos. Friedman, meanwhile, discusses his career path from major studio publicist to carnival manager to producer of such lowbrow classics as Blood Feast and Space Thing. Also interviewed is film historian and exploitation flick enthusiast Frank Henelotter who muses "You have to wonder if (the films) were made on planet Earth."
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Television
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Critic Reviews for Mau Mau Sex Sex

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Rather than a documentary, director Ted Bonnitt has fashioned a sort of 'This is Your Life, Dan and Dave!' testimonial.

November 9, 2001
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

A fun (albeit brief) documentary that will have you either gasping in amazement or laughing out loud . . .

Full Review… | October 1, 2003
Movie Gurus

Anyone interested enough in these old geezers probably already knows enough about them to make the film redundant, and anyone not interested may not care enough to watch it.

Full Review… | September 25, 2003
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

An easy film to take on its own limited terms.

Full Review… | September 10, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Cheery documentary on pioneer exploitation filmmakers.

December 8, 2002
Film Threat

A fun little film that documents the life of a couple of ... P. T. Barnums of the movies.

Full Review… | November 10, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Mau Mau Sex Sex

David Friedman & Dan Sonney are a couple of old grifters looking back at the con game that was the exploitation/ grindhouse movies of the 50's, 60's & 70's. A lot of fun.

David Weiss
David Weiss

Very interesting documentary about two of the most infamous exploitation film directors in the business. I like how it shows the contrast between outrageous scenes from the movies these guys made (which must be seen to be believed) and the perfectly normal lives that they lead. However, because their lives are so normal, some scenes get boring to watch after a while and should have been cut shorter.

Alyssa Nolan
Alyssa Nolan

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