Uncut - 08/01/2005
"[I]ts collage of postmodern in-jokes, tonal shifts and cinematic samples displays experimental ambition worthy of Godard, Tim Burton or the Coens."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Sex Goddess Raquel Welch was at the height of her big-screen fame when she starred as Myra in this offbeat cult favorite - considered one of the most notorious films ever released by a major studio. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Gore Vidal (who later denounced the film), it starred an oddball ensemble of legendary old-time Hollywood stars (Mae West, John Huston) and promising newcomers (Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck) and featured film critic and non-actor Rex Reed in a pivotal leading role. Using breakthrough quick-cutting film techniques, and an offbeat storytelling style, this bizarre tale of a beautiful transsexual-bisexual's quest for revenge and sexual liberation has to be seen to be believed!
MYRA BRECKENRIDGE may be the first punk manifesto, a celebration of pop culture nihilism. A precursor to films by directors like David Lynch, and perhaps influenced by those of avant-garde Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, this outrageous, searing, blackly comic cult film satirizes Hollywood, homosexuality, America, family, and more.
Myron Breckenridge (Rex Reed) is a frustrated homosexual who undergoes a sex-change operation, against the advice of his doctor. As a result, Myron becomes Myra (Raquel Welch), a stunningly beautiful woman with a rocket of a body. Myra moves to the South and enrolls at a university, where her adventures include sodomizing a Southern man--and stealing his girlfriend while she's at it. In general, the bodacious, lewd Myra wreaks havoc on Southern conventions in this outrageous classic film.
Once thought to be "unfilmable," Gore Vidal's book was the satiric source material for this film. Originally Rated X in 1970, the film may seem less shocking today, but it retains a truly bizarre quality. Among the most memorable moments is the appearance of Mae West, top-billed and still bawdy as ever in her 70s, singing a comically sultry number.
Based On A Novel |
Cult Film |
Essential Cinema |
Gay / Lesbian |
Switching Roles |
Theatrical Release |