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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Director: Russ Meyer Run Time: 109 min. Format: DCP Rating: X Release Year: 1970

Starring: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar, Michael Blodgett

“Beyond the Valley of the Dolls¬†seems more and more like a movie that got made by accident when the lunatics took over the asylum… An independent X-rated filmmaker (Russ Meyer) and an inexperienced screenwriter (Roger Ebert) were brought into a major studio and given carte blanche to turn out a satire of one of the studio’s own hits. And “BVD” was made at a time when the studio’s own fortunes were so low that the movie was seen almost fatalistically, as a gamble that none of the studio executives really wanted to think about, so that there was a minimum of supervision (or even cognizance) from the Front Office.” — Roger Ebert