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Gore Vidal's 1968 bestseller was a darkly satirical statement on American hypocrisy, Hollywood fantasies, and changing sexual mores. Most filmmakers felt that the novel's story, structure, and overall tone would not translate to film, and industry insiders were surprised when 20th Century Fox not only acquired the rights but also hired Vidal to adapt his novel to the screen. But studio executives soon had cold feet: Vidal's adaptations were repeatedly rejected and novice writer-director Michael Sarne was brought in to bring the film to the screen.
Studio executives hoped that Sarne would tap into the youth market they saw as a target for the film, but Sarne proved even more out of synch with the material than the executives themselves. Rewrite upon rewrite followed. The cast, sensing disaster, became increasingly combative. In her commentary, star Raquel Welch says that she seldom had any idea of what Myra's motives were from scene to scene or even within any single scene itself, and that each person involved seemed to be making an entirely different film. In the accompanying "Back Story" documentary, Rex Reed says that MYRA BRECKINRIDGE was a film made by a bunch of people who hid in their dressing rooms while waiting for their lawyers to return their calls.Read more ›
The DVD gods have truly delivered. The only thing left to hope for is the lost reels of "The Magnificent Ambersons."
So many "bad movies" fail to really live up to their reputations. This movie delivers. Originally rated "X", it is in excruciatingly poor taste (two words: Mae West), and would be offensive if it weren't oh so very, very terrible.
Twentieth Century Fox actually made and distributed this film, which has since been very difficult to find. Watch the documentary first, to fully appreciate what you are witnessing.
I have only seen the cut version on the Fox Movie Channel, and even that version has the scene with Raquel strapping on the...well, I'll let you found out that detail for yourself.
Gather your friends around, and enjoy one of the great cinema bombs. (then hold a candlelight vigil that Fox will release that OTHER X-rated studio classic in their vaults: "Beyond The Valley of The Dolls").
In the late sixties when news of the filming began, fans of the book wondered how such an outrageous story would translate to film. Foremost in people's minds was the lengthy and very graphic scene of Myra's sexual exploration and rape of a handsome young man.
The advance publicity for Myra the film heralded a glamorous Hollywood treatment with pop casting of the highest and somewhat surreal order. Raquel Welch, the leading sex symbol of the day would portray Myra. The ever provocative Mae West, the goddess of sex herself was signed to play Leticia Van Allen, a talent agent for men and Myra's newfound buddy. Oddly, real life film critic Rex Reed would portray [...] film critic Myron. Filming was troubled; the main problem was director Mike Sarne. Vidal has suggested that the director of a film is almost unnecessary when everyone else does their job, and one can imagine Myra a far better film had Sarne been fired and the actors and cameraman carried on without him.
For the uninitiated this film can only be confusing and hard to follow. Entire chunks of the script were not filmed, or left on the cutting room floor leaving the viewer to guess what happened.Read more ›
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