- Actors: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward, Paul Burke
- Directors: Mark Robson
- Producers: David Weisbart
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 14 May 2007
- Run Time: 118 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000O3HFYC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,421 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Valley Of The Dolls [DVD]
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Classic melodrama exposing the less glamorous side of Hollywood life in the 1960s. Three ambitious young women (played by Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate) strive for showbiz success, but get caught up in the seedy underside of the celebrity lifestyle: connivances and contrivances, ego and exploitation, alcohol and pills (the 'dolls' of the title). In its time, the film was considered shocking, and it remains a pertinent critique of the pitfalls of fame and fortune.
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I actually enjoyed the film, but I have to say it is not a good film. It doesn't seem to hang together, the scenes seem pretty random, the acting is almost universally terrible, and because there is no coherence, you might be left wondering what on earth is going on. The action jumps about all over the place, and although it is based on the book, some key parts have been altered or excluded altogether. If I had been Jacqueline Susann, I would have been quite annoyed about it! The film was made in the 1960's and set in that period too, although the book starts in 1945 and essentially covers Hollywood in the late 40's/1950's, when television was just starting to be a force in the entertainment world. You really need to have read the novel before you see the film in order to understand what is going on - it's quite jumbled.
Even so, it has a certain camp charm. It is a curious period piece, with the 60's style and fashions, but I rather liked that. In some ways it depicts a lost world, where everything seemed a lot more innocent (despite the fact it tries to be shocking about drug use and sex). Fifty Shades of Grey it is not. Sharon Tate looks gorgeous throughout, but her acting was completely wooden; mind you, she was not alone in that. They all seem to be just reading their lines out as if they are at the very first rehearsal. The most believable character was that of Helen Lawson, played by Susan Hayward. It's a pity that she was kept very much as a bit part, because she was the best of the lot. In the original book, she plays a far bigger role.
You'll either love or hate this film. Probably best viewed with a glass of wine/mug of tea/slice of cake/box of chocolates and seen as a bit of an indulgence in some 1960's memorabilia.
'Beyond..', Russ Meyer's satirical collection of substance freaks; sex-obsessed fan-girls; voracious, bent establishmentarians; beaten-into-submission hypochondriacs, and psychotic, tranny megalomaniacs.
What a blinding film it is. Possibly the greatest ever !! A film so about 197o - and gradually more about every year since.. So over-the-top it's prophetic, so on-the-button it's scary.
The Carrie Nations : all-girl pop group, daughters of the field - - dream-like and cerebral, knockers like freedom-fighter watermelons - - corrupted by satanic r'n'r and it's despondent, neurotic, free-loading followers. Watch the rabble scramble !
Utilising mammiferous porn sylphs Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers and Marcia McBroom (all great !) as his angels of provocation, Meyer gets it back out and wallops it to the absolute max. The 6o's, that is..
But this is no fond adieu to Monroe/Kennedy and Vietnam; liberalisation and the counter-culture.. Meyer blows the lot into posterity with a mighty jet of reflux. A fitting fate.
It's incredible how much of this raillery he fits into 1o5 mins - considering all the sex and violence he's got to squeeze it in between ! That he does it so abundantly and brilliantly is a credit both to himself and co-screenwriter, Roger Ebert (!).
The rank cult of celebrity is stunned, bled, skinned and gutted right in front of our incredulous eyes ! By proxy, every fast buck hanger-on that ever drew breath is mercilessly quartered. Dodgy bedroom deal-makers and back-stabbers are ruthlessly deconstructed. The honesty of 'Beyond's cutting critique and abject put-down of talentless wannabes and embarrassing degenerates is as true and welcome today as it was in 197o.
You can't help but expect Caitlyn Jenner to limp through..
'Valley' ~ ~ * * * * (just).
'Beyond' ~ ~ Not enough stars in the galaxy.
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