Surveying The Glandscape: Russ Meyer At The Anthology Film Archives

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Just about anyone who stops by ScreenAnarchy is bound to know the name Russ Meyer, and is at least aware of a film entitled Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, or perhaps Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Associated with the man and his work are words such as sexploitation and/or exploitation. A nickname widely used in some circles for Meyer was "King of the Nudies". But to leave Meyer's films to the heap of low-brow pop culture is a mistake, shutting the doors on someone who was an undoubtedly, vibrant and original film artist.

Running as a precursor to their Sexploitation festival, the Anthology Film Archives in New York is presenting a handful of films from Meyer's vast oeuvre. This retrospective, entitled "The Gladscape Artist", runs from August 15 to August 25.

Our own Peter Gutierrez looks at a selection of these films, detailing why Meyers was indeed much more than the mere "King of the Nudies" -- for instance the 1975 trailer for Supervixens called him "the rural Fellini" (Please be aware that the following gallery may contain images that are NSFW)
[ed. Ben Umstead]   

FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! (August 16, 18, 24)

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to violence…” Those voiced-over words and the rest of the expressionism-a-go-go opening still startle in terms of their boldness, and emotionally Jack Moran’s script does the same, with its Jim Thompson-like emphasis on the psychosexual elements of lurid crime. Well, of course the difference here is that the deceptive sociopath at center stage is the female (“There ain’t no doubt about your gender, girly”)—though militantly non-feminine—Tura Satana, who snarls her way to one of the most uncompromisingly ferocious performances in cinema history.

Chances are, if you’re reading this you’ve either seen this classic or have always wanted to—well, here’s your chance to catch it in 35mm, which, amazingly, happens to be the format for the entire series.

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J HurtadoAugust 14, 2013 3:19 PM

I am so jealous of ANYONE able to attend these events. This is right up my alley as a Meyer aficionado!

MarcAugust 14, 2013 3:55 PM

Don't think that's a still photo from VIXEN. Maybe COMMON-LAW CABIN?

BenUmsteadAugust 14, 2013 10:06 PM

As far as I know it is from VIXEN as I got it from a VIXEN lobby card. Now if VIXEN was called COMMON-LAW CABIN or vice versa at one time or another?