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Raquel Welch, Mae West, Rex Reed, Farrah Fawcett. The controversial, comedic tale of a gay man who has a sex-change operation in order to bilk his rich uncle out of his fortune. 1970/color/94 min/R/fullscreen.
We can safely call it one of the most notorious films in Hollywood history: Myra Breckenridge, the wild, tasteless, legendary disaster. Sprung from a novel by Gore Vidal, Myra tells the tender tale of a man (damply played by film critic Rex Reed) who has a sex-change operation and goes to Hollywood as a woman--played by Raquel Welch. Mae West creaked out of retirement to play a man-hungry agent (one of her meals is young Tom Selleck), and John Huston is an aging cowboy star, Myra's nemesis. To say the movie endorses the destruction of sex roles in modern society would be giving the rampant incoherence too much credit. Old film clips, plus footage (all too apt!) of atomic bomb tests are spliced into the action, to puerile effect. Almost everybody involved with the film disowned it, especially a horrified Vidal. Is there a cult for this movie? They can have it. --Robert HortonSee all Editorial Reviews
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I loved the irony that this film was/is considered a 'disaster' when the majority of today's films are just visual/loud all-look-alike messes; the same stupid, re-cycled 'action' picture completely reliant on the same CGI, pyrotechnics, fireballs, glass shattering etc, with any "storyline" being there strictly for the next race-against-time scene to justify the aforementioned. This film 'impacted' me by thoroughly entertaining me with something I'd actually NEVER SEEN before! Wow! I think it's a 'must' for any Raquel fan as she totally steals the show. I can't really compare it to any other film as it's in a class by itself, but some elements of the films 'Tommy' and 'The Rocky Horror Show' from several years later (both 1975) are there. The film WAS considered one of the worst ever, and that may have been true back then. Today it doesn't even come close of course. The real treat with this gem is what Raquel (as Myra) says, and the WAY in which she delivers her lines, particularly with West. Then and now, she's a diamond---pure class!
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