The late, great Russ Meyer, purveyor of enormous fun films from the 1950’s to 2001 would have been 92 today but he popped his clogs and went to the great cleavage in the sky in 2004.

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The son of a policeman and a nurse, Russ Meyer began winning prizes at 15 with his amateur films. He spent World War II in Europe as a combat cameraman. After the war, he became a professional photographer, shooting some of the earliest Playboy centerfolds. He made his film directorial debut with The Immoral Mr Teas aka Mr Teas and his Playthings (1959), the first nudie (softcore sex) film to make a profit over a million dollars!

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This  led to a string of self-financed films that gradually became more bizarre, violent, and cartoonish.

In the mid-1960s, he established his style with his Gothic period, a quartet of black-and-white films: Lorna (1964),

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Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!(1965)

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Many consider this  to be his best work.

After the blockbusting Vixen! (1968)

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Russ was hired by 20th-Century Fox to make studio pictures. The first of these was

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls(1970)

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The Carrie Nations


This script was written by Roger Ebert, legendary film critic, winner of a Pulitzer Prize. Russ would use him later on Up! and Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens.

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It was an enormous hit, but after the lukewarm reception of the uncharacteristically serious The Seven Minutes (1971), Meyer returned to the sex-and-violence films that made his name, Supervixens (1975)

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Up! (1976)

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and culminating in the delirious Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens(1979).

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Clip (don’t watch if you are easily shocked).

He spent the 1980s working on various autobiographies, both in film (Breast of Russ Meyer) and print (“A Clean Breast”).

A true one-off, Russ Meyer will always have a place in our hearts (and breasts).

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Russ Meyer Interview (Part 1)

Part 2

Russ Meyer Photography

You can buy a fabulous Russ Meyer Box Set from Arrow Video

Box Set

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