Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Reviewed

There’s a lot to love about Russ Meyers’ BtVotD and I am thankful to have had the experience of seeing it on the big screen with a full house. The Carrie Nation, a girl rock band, makes the big-time after being discovered by a Phil Spector-type. But when sex, drugs, murder and transvestites(?!) intervene, the shit hits the fan and multiple plot threads spiral out of control. It’s like an adult version of Josie and the Pussycats. Despite a disappointing shortage of nudity, BtVotD has some truly sexy moments – and some shocking/hilarious violence.  It’s well known by now that Roger Ebert wrote this rare studio effort for Russ Meyer. (-despite claims of Meyer’s authorship in the trailer below.) Keep this in mind every time a black character speaks. When Mike Myers’ Austin Powers says, “This is my happening, and it freaks me out!” – he’s quoting BtVotD. Rock historians will notice Strawberry Alarm Clock playing at a party. There’s so much fun stuffed into BtVotD that it’s bursting at the seams with music, sex, action and Meyer’s underrated directorial style. It will leave you exhausted. Originally it was saddled with an X rating.
See the trailer:

~ by Number5ive on April 8, 2009.

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