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3.6
712 Ratings

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Directed by Russ Meyer
United States, 1970
Comedy

Synopsis

With direction by “King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer and a satirical screenplay by Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a big-studio version of a debauched midnight movie, following three young female rockers going Hollywood, in hellbent ’60s style, under the spell of a flamboyant producer.

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Directed by Russ Meyer
Cast with frequently nude Playboy playmates and veterans of Mr. Meyer’s earlier films, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” is a relic of Fox’s most delirious period… Mr. Meyer’s grand finale mixes bloody mayhem with saccharine bromides, but the film’s most outré aspect is its innocence. With its flat lighting; garish colors; and arch, dated slang, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” is beyond self-parody, a cartoon of a cartoon.
October 21, 2016
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The lip-smacking tastelessness and/or irresponsibility of ostensibly exploiting real-life tragedy for a jokey melodrama parody is arguably ameliorated by the film’s ingenuousness. This is a charitable reading, obviously. But Meyer’s earlier pictures can be seen as examples of kidding on the square.
September 28, 2016
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Despite period details that were already behind-the-curve when the movie came out (Hollywood is always late to the party when it panders to youth culture) and a certain moralistic undertone characteristic of Meyer, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” is still a gas, thanks mainly to its heedless energy and its “are they kidding or not?” tone.
September 28, 2016
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