Comedy, Drama, Music

Retro: The Criterion Collection Film Series Presents

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

  • Fri, Jun 21
    • 9:30pm - Cinema One
  • Sat, Jun 22
    • 9:30pm - Cinema One
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In 1970, Twentieth Century-Fox, impressed by the visual zing “King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer had been bringing to bargain-basement exploitation fare, handed the director a studio budget and the title to one of its biggest hits, “Valley of the Dolls.” With a satirical screenplay by Roger Ebert, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” follows three young female rockers going Hollywood, in hell-bent sixties style, under the spell of a flamboyant producer — whose decadent bashes showcase Meyer’s trademark libidinal exuberance. Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of cinema’s great outsider artists.