NEW Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (DVD)
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Well, earlier today (September 27th, 2004) on "Ebert & Roper At The Movies", Roger Ebert spoke about the death of his friend Russ Meyer...
Ebert revealed that he has recorded a commentary for the film and it seems Criterion will be releasing it on DVD sometime next year (2005).
Skip the VHS and wait for the pot-o-gold with a commentary by the actual writer! This truly will be my happening and it freaks me out, man!
Meet 'The Kelly Affair' - three rock rockin' song birds led by Kelly on vocals, (Dolly Reed) with Casey on rhythm guitar, (Cynthia Myers) and Pet (Marcia McBroom) on drums. Reduced to playing Senior Proms, the three girls and their Manager/Kelly's lover, Harris, (David Gurlan) decide to leave for Hollywood in search of fame. Once in town, Kelly contacts her estranged Aunt Suzan (Phyllis Davis) who works as fashion magazine editor for a place to crash with she and her band-mates. Then, after diner with Kelly, Suzan decides to give her a portion of the inheritance that Suzan received from their family. Not bad for a first day in Tinsletown. Soon, Kelly and crew are swinging at the pad of legendary Hollywood record producer Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzel (played by John LaZar - in one of the best roles in the film). Ronnie hears Kelly's music and turns them into an overnight sensation, recording their songs and renaming them "The Carrie Nations." Their albums skyrocket to the top of the charts, but not without the viscous cost of fame. Loves are lost and hearts are broken. The pure-at-heart turns to hedonistic compulsions, while money and drugs consume their very beings. Throw in some kinky sex, nice' rock numbers, garish melodrama, rapid-fire dialog, Meyer's signature camera and editing style and you've got one of the most daring movies ever produced by Hollywood.Read more ›
This movie is awesome for so many reasons. For one its 2004 and we will never see a movie on the big screen that takes so many risks. How many movies are there where the White and African American characters have true friendships and both characters have developed story lines? It was the 60's and Ebert and Meyers weren't afraid to bring taboos like sexual orientation, well let me not be a spoiler.
The women were so beautiful, Casey, Pet and Kelly. They had bodacious bodies and big hair and perfect make-up. They lived life so carefree. The underlying storyline about the money was never really resolved but so much was going on in that flick.
It's a really great movie and it's funny because at the end, the very end they try to be moral and tie it all together and make a social statement. This is a wild and crazy trip of a movie and I catch something new everytime I watch it. As a writer and a one time aspiring film maker movies like this one make me want to go out and take risks.
I agree with others below. This is a postmodern classic. A panoptic view of the world formation of new subjectivity in reality that occurred in the ï¿½60ï¿½s, of hybrid selves blurring mores and forming beyond the binary dualisms of a hegemonic and phallocratic culture. However, like the real Carrie Nation the film has a message of temperance and how the enjoyments in finding oneself through over indulgence in anything can lead to evil.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
It's REALLY amazing that roger ebert takes
pride in mentioning that he co wrote this
script when he gives two thumbs down on movies
with scripts 5 times better than... Read more
Worst thing that can happen to an already-bad movie is that it becomes dated, and alas, that's what became of "BVD". Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Kevin Freeman
Ignore the one-star reviewers,they were all born in the 80s.They simply are NOT qualified to critique this or any other film of the era. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Ben W.
Boring, stupid, laughable, dated and ridiculous.
Why would anyone want to relive the Silly Sixties?
And Roger Ebert is now a film critic? Give me a break! Read more
Saw it on the Independent Film Channel & thought it was Mysoginist, & offensive. Too much graphic sex & naked females pollute the movie. Read morePublished on March 7 2004
This film has just about every element of the social situation of the late 1960's: free love, drugs, rock and roll, etc. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by JCV
This is a film with a unique visual vocabulary, and an incredible eye for detail. Its a wonderful montage of glossy surfaces - a tribute to the Pop Art of the late sixties and the... Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by A. M. Fletcher
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS isn't just a cheesy movie: it is the Limburger of cheesy movies--a devastatingly awful flick of such horrific proportions that it completely defies... Read morePublished on July 14 2003 by Gary F. Taylor
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