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Vixen! [Vixen! ......the female fox]

Corona, CA: Eve Productions, circa 1968. Actress Erica Gavin's shooting script for her 1968 feature film debut, "Vixen!" (here titled "Vixen! ......the female fox), with her annotations throughout. Directed by Russ Meyer, written for the screen by Meyer, Robert Rudelson, and Anthony James Ryan, and starring Gavin, Garth Pillsbury, and Harrison Page. Ms. Gavin's notes and corrections are present on virtually every page in black marker and blue ink, with her name ("Erika") in bold black marker on the front wrapper, which has been separately preserved.

"Vixen!" was one of Russ Meyer's best, sleaziest, and most commercially successful films, made at pretty much the peak of his independent productions (after "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" in 1965 and before "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" in 1970). What is less well known is that this film, by way of Ms. Gavin, marked a breakthrough in the onscreen portrayal of women in terms of sexual aggression, using the then-new platform of late-1960s American independent cinema and the aftermath of the Summer of Love as a canvas.

Gavin's titular character is a married woman whose sexual boundaries are pretty much non-existent, but instead of being a typical sex romp, the film heads off into areas that can be reasonably described as unexplored by sexploitation films, including communism, race relations, political debate, and terrorist activity. But also present in the film are many of the genre's more familiar themes (breast size, incest, non-stop sexual activity) and a generous dose of humor. Script is complete, with title page showing credits for Meyer and all the screenwriters.

127 leaves, mimeograph, rectos only. Front wrapper separated from the script, mounted with cellotape to an old scrapbook page, with the Gavin's name ("Erika") in bold black holograph marker at the top right corner, phone number in faded green ink at the top left corner, moderate staining and soil; rear wrapper missing. Pages Very Good overall, with some chipping to the right and left edge of the title page (first leaf). In a custom quater-leather clamshell box.
[Book #119373]
Price: $6,500.00
Vixen! [Vixen! ......the female fox]
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