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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

US 110m, Colour
Director: Russ Meyer; Cast: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John LaZar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian

beyond-valley-of-the-dollsSelf-described in the film’s own title sequence as “not a sequel – there has never been anything like it”, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is an outlandish parody of  Mark Robson’s much maligned but very successful 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. Co-written by Roger Ebert and Russ Meyer, “Beyond” is about three young women whose rock band – The Carrie Nations, gains notoriety as a result of an impromptu performance at a wild party in Los Angeles. Along with their fame and a series of increasingly ridiculous misfortunes, the girls end up at the mercy of a tripped-put psychopath. Undoubtedly inspiration for fellow camp-film maker John Waters, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls has become a musical cult classic (Klaus Ming April 2013).


4 comments on “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    “There’s never been anything like it’ is pretty much true. Not a great film (it’s a good thing Ebert didn’t quit his day job 🙂 ), but fun as hell to watch. Ebert talked about it when he reviewed The Runaways: http://tinyurl.com/cj9mzbs (be sure to read to the end 🙂 ). I wrote about Ebert on my blog, by the way.

    • Klaus

      Agreed, it’s a pretty bad movie – but still fun to watch.

  2. Duanet

    I always thought it ironic how Ebert attacks so many movies as vile and disgusting due to demeaning woman and her co-wrote a Russ Meyers film. That being said this is a great deal of fun.

    • Klaus

      Indeed, I thought the same thing. I’m not sure what he had to say about it. It’s definitely worth a look to see how he rationalized it.

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