Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 233: Tuesday August 23

Russ Meyer Double-Bill
Mondo Topless (Meyer, 1966) & Beyond The Valley of the Dolls (Meyer, 1970):
Roxy Bar & Screen, 7pm

This is part of the Scala Forever season, a programme of 111 films at 26 venues through to October 2 that will celebrate the wonderful Scala cinema at King's Cross which closed in 1993. Here is an article I wrote in the Guardian on the history of the cinema and the season and here are the details of all the movies and special events on offer, via the Scala Forever website.

This is a FilmBar70 production. FilmBar70 loves to share the joys of wrongfully obscure trash/class world cinema from the 'golden age' of exploitation and you can find out more about that film club here.

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Time out review:


'With his first movie for a major studio, Meyer simply did what he'd been doing for years, only bigger and better. That's to say, he turned the homely story of an all-girl rock band's rise to fame under their transsexual manager into a delirious comedy melodrama, soused in self- parody but spiked with dope, sex and thrills.' Tony Rayns

Here is the trailer.

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