Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Russ Meyer (director, screenwriter)
Roger Ebert (screenwriter)
Erica Gavin, Cynthia Myers, Dolly Read, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar (starring)

N.p. N.p., 1975. Vintage oversize borderless reference photograph from the set of the 1970 film, showing actresses Erica Gavin and Cynthia Myers, with cinematographer Fred J. Koenekamp behind the camera at the far left. With the film's French 1975 release title, "Orgissimo" at the bottom right.

After nearly a decade as one of America's most successful independent filmmakers, sexploitation auteur Russ Meyer first reached out for the brass ring of major studio success with this frantic and most entertaining cult favorite, once described by Meyer and screenwriter Roger Ebert as "the first exploitation-horror-camp-musical." The film follows three members of an all-girl rock band called The Kelly Affair who relocate to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. Their success comes at the price of their friendship and integrity, however, and the girls eventually succumb to a nonstop train of decadence, drugs, and betrayal. Featuring one-hit wonders the Strawberry Alarm Clock, supporting performances by Meyer regulars Charles Napier and Haji, and a bit part from future blaxploitation icon Pam Grier, "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" proved to be Meyer's biggest box-office success.

Set and shot on location in Hollywood.

12 x 9.5 inches. Near Fine, with light wear to the corners.

Criterion Collection 836.

[Book #149729]