So today, I plan to check out from reality completely and watch a major double feature of retro camp wonderfullness! Valley of the Dolls and Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. If you have never had the pleasure of watching either of these films, I insist that you watch both; back to back. They are both the most delicious cheese - fest you will ever consume BAR-NONE! Thanks to the passion of author Jacqueline Susan, we have one of the 60s most salacious books turned to movie in a DVD set. They couldn't be more different in execution: Valley of the Dolls is set in the sweet 60s and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is set in the "free love" 70s. Both movies feature the lives of 3 women aspiring to fame and the pitfalls that they face as they succumb to the EVILS of fame, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Classic 60s/70s shamefest....here are some stills; by the way, the fashion is absolutely stellar...
Meet the beautiful Anne, Jennifer, and Neely, 3 girls headed for film stardom in
Valley of the Dolls.
Meet the "Kelly Affair", 3 (lft. to rt. - Pet, Kelly, and Casey) girls in Hollywood during the psychadelic 70s, just trying their pretty little hands at a life of rock and roll in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
More sweet than sour, the 1960s version concentrated on the eroding innocence of the characters played by actresses Sharon Tate, Patty Duke, and Barbara Parkins.
However, the Russell Meyers version focused on the sex charged free love energy of the 70s and served the story up a little hotter.
As history would dictate, that would be the signature Meyers touch with famous sexploitation films such as Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill!, and Supervixens to his directorial credit. Earlier critics were not fans and deemed Meyers films as sexually exploitive and "low budget". Current sentiment has credited Meyers films as being the king of satire and b-movie schlock with a heavy influence on homage paying directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
Well my popcorn is ready.....check out time!
Monique, Twirl Vintage Co.