Director Russ Meyer
Year 1970
Starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar
Run Time 109min
More Info IMDb

Screening in 35mm as part of the series BIG BROADS AND MEEK MEN: THE FILMS OF RUSS MEYER.

Nonstop, kinetic and anabashedly giddy, the one-two punch of a Roger Ebert script and Russ Meyer direction make you wish these two boob-obsessed movie nuts had worked an entire career together.

The members of all-girl rock band the Kelly Affair get roped into a web of intrigues after arriving in Los Angeles and quickly ascending to local stardom following an impromptu concert at the mansion of pop producer and snake oil salesman Z-Man (John Lazar, borrowing certain personality traits from Phil Spector). Roger Ebert initially envisioned the film as a faithful sequel to Mark Robson’s VALLEY OF THE DOLLS but (thankfully) wound up mutating into a delirious standalone detonation of Hollywood mayhem.

“And the movie as a whole? I think of it as an essay on our generic expectations. It’s an anthology of stock situations, characters, dialogue, clichés and stereotypes, set to music and manipulated to work as exposition and satire at the same time; it’s cause and effect, a wind-up machine to generate emotions, pure movie without message. The strange thing about the movie is that it continues to play successfully to completely different audiences for different reasons. When Meyer and I were hired a few years later to work on an ill-fated Sex Pistols movie called WHO KILLED BAMBI? we were both a little nonplussed, I think, to hear Johnny Rotten explain that he liked BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS because it was so true to life.” –Roger Ebert, FILM COMMENT

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