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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Topic by: nkessler2000
Posted: November 15, 2003 - 1:36 AM PST
Last Reply: November 15, 2003 - 6:45 PM PST

author topic: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
nkessler2000
post #1  on November 15, 2003 - 1:36 AM PST  
Has anyone else seen Russ Meyer's timeless classic, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls? This movie is absolutely priceless. The first time I saw it, I honestly believed that it was (attempting to be anyway) the serious drama that the case led me to believe it was (I was young!), but about half way through the film I had an epiphany and realized that this is the zaniest, most ridiculous camp-fest ever created, and it's frickin' great! This is my happening and it freaks me out!

The story of three girls who move to Los Angeles and who's lives spiral downward in a world of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll. A world of broken hearts, shattered hopes, and cheap floozies. A world of bad acting, nonsensical plots, insane situations, and classic dialog. A total farce that must be seen to be appreciated.

I absolutely adore the songs written for the movie, too. They have that flower power vibe and I can't help but sing along with the "Carrie Nations"

And, unbelievably, the screenplay was written by Roger Ebert! Yes, that Roger Ebert. I guess everybody really was on something back in the 60's. Then again, only a genius could have written something this bad.

Timeless cult classic. Too bad you can't get it on DVD. It's available on VHS if you haven't seen it and want to check it out. Unfortunately I don't have a tape player anymore (it was "appropriated"). Alas!
kamapuaa
post #2  on November 15, 2003 - 2:51 PM PST  
>The first time I saw it, I honestly believed that it was (attempting to be anyway) the serious drama that the case led me to believe it was (I was young!), but about half way through the film I had an epiphany and realized that this is the zaniest, most ridiculous camp-fest ever created, and it's frickin' great!

The opening scene where a transvestite superman chases around a man dressed in a Nazi outfit should have tipped you off!

The music is great. I find 60's pop music so corny, but I appreciate how over-the-top the Carrie Nations can get with 60's stylings. A soundtrack album recently came out, although it's an import and costs too much.

Now that "Naked Lunch" came out on DVD, my prayers and absolutions are directed toward "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" and "Faster Pussycat! Kill, Kill!"
nkessler2000
post #3  on November 15, 2003 - 6:45 PM PST  
> The opening scene where a transvestite superman chases around a man dressed in a Nazi outfit should have tipped you off!
>
> The music is great. I find 60's pop music so corny, but I appreciate how over-the-top the Carrie Nations can get with 60's stylings. A soundtrack album recently came out, although it's an import and costs too much.
>
> Now that "Naked Lunch" came out on DVD, my prayers and absolutions are directed toward "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" and "Faster Pussycat! Kill, Kill!"
> ---------------------------------

Arr, but you didn't know he was a naked superman transvestite until that scene comes up again at the end of the movie.

Anyway, did some snooping around on the net and found out that The Regent Showcase in LA is going to be showing BVD on the big screen, on a new 35mm print, with apperances by the original cast! TODAY! Dammit! If I had know about this a day or two earlier I would be in Los Angeles right now.

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