Retro review: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

  • Director: Russ Meyer
  • Writer: Roger Ebert

Time for a quick cinema pop quiz. What do you get when you cross all of these: a tale of young women trying to break into show business; lots of references to ‘60s and ‘70s culture including pot smoking, free sex and scantily-clad women showing lots of boobs; a noted director of X-rated movies, and a script authored by a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, five years before the Pulitzer showed up on his doorstep? The answer to this riddle is the  trainwreck called “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” Continue reading