Dad Made Dirty Movies is a 2011 Bulgarian–German documentary film by Jordan Todorov following Stephen C. Apostolof‘s life and career. The film premiered at Visions du Réel International Film Festival in April 2011 and consists of archive footage as well as interviews with Apostolof’s family, friends and associates.
The film also includes never before seen archive footage from making of Orgy of the Dead – Apostolof’s most well known film. The title Dad Made Dirty Movies comes from a quote by Polly Apostolof, one of Apostolof’s daughters.
The documentary is produced by Bulgarian company AGITPROP in association with Filmtank(Hamburg), ZDF and Arte. Pre-production phase took about five years. Principal photography began in New York City in December 2009, and continued in California, Nevada and Arizona in May, 2010.
Dad Made Dirty Movies features interviews with Apostolof’s children and his third wife Shelley, stars from his films, cult filmmakers, film critics and film historians. The film uses first-person unreliable narrator based on authentic interviews with Apostolof, drawing heavily on his peculiar manner of speaking full of colloquialisms, puns and self irony.
The film showed at the Franco-German television Arte on 17 February 2011 and had its official premiere on 10 April 2011 at Visions du Réel International Film Festival. In all, Dad Made Dirty Movies was an official selection of over thirty international film festivals including Transilvania International Film Festival, Planet Doc Review Festival, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Kansas International Film Festival, Trieste Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival etc.
The film often played as a double bill along with Orgy of the Dead – Apostolof’s most popular film. Dad Made Dirty Movies was also aired on various TV channels as Arte, SBS One(Australia), Canvas(Belgium), Yle Teema(Finland) and it’s going to be released on DVD in 2012 by Mindjazz Pictures (Germany). Dad Made Dirty Movies aired on HBO Central Europe in October 2012.
The film received favorable reviews by critics. Boyd Van Hoeij of Variety called it a “shoo-in for midnight screenings,” going on to describe its tone as “generally upbeat, funny and interesting, with a good eye and ear for the times.” Other reviewers also played up the zeitgeist angle of the film, including Screen Daily‘s Mark Adams who said that Dad Made Dirty Movies “does a great job in capturing the feel of the era,” adding that “fans of cult exploitation films of the late 1960s and early 1970s will relish this engagingly balanced delve into the work of Stephen C. Apostolof.” Tim Elliott of The Age wrote that “Stephen C. Apostolof’s life is one of the great postwar American stories, a rollicking tale of rebellion, adventure and female breasts” concluding that “this zesty tribute explores Apostolof’s life with suitable scepticism and humour.”
A list of movies referenced within Dad Made Dirty Movies.
- Journey to Freedom, 1957
- Orgy of the Dead, 1965
- Suburbia Confidential, 1966
- The Bachelor’s Dreams, 1967
- College Girls, 1968
- Motel Confidential, 1969
- Lady Godiva Rides, 1969
- The Divorcee, 1969
- Class Reunion, 1972
- The Snow Bunnies, 1972
- The Beach Bunnies, 1976
- Hot Ice, 1978
- Love Is a Four Letter Word, 1966
- Plan 9 from Outer Space, 1958
- Glen or Glenda, 1953
- The Trip, 1967
- American Fever, 1979
- Record City, 1978
- Midwest Holiday, 1952
- In the Suburbs, 1957
- Topkapi, 1964
- Tom Jones, 1963
- Deep Throat, 1972
- The Devil in Miss Jones, 1973
- The Green Slime, 1968
- Heaven with a Gun, 1969
- Ed Wood, 1994
color, stereo, widescreen, 56 minutes from an adequate web-rip, and a second version with the best quality and Bulgarian subtitles burned in. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!