When Roger Ebert claimed that Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
was "pure cinema" with scenes "as exciting, terrifying and dynamic as any such sequence I can remember," he might have been slightly biased. After all, BVD
's director -- the legendary auteur Russ Meyer -- was working from a script that Ebert himself had written. But more than 30 years after its release, critics (besides Ebert) and audiences have given it an enthusiastic "thumbs up." A heady mix of sex, spoof and surreal sleaze, this cult classic both celebrates and criticizes the "swinging" culture of the '60s. The film follows a trio of fun-loving bombshells in a rock band with big-time aspirations. When an eccentric music promoter takes them under his wing, all three experience a dazzling new world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Now FilmOut San Diego screens this cinematic gem at the historic Birch North Park Theatre.
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