Review: ‘Myra Breckinridge’

The film version of Gore Vidal's Hollywood-themed transsexual satire starts off promisingly, but after a couple of reels plunges straight downhill under the weight of artless direction.

The film version of Gore Vidal’s Hollywood-themed transsexual satire starts off promisingly, but after a couple of reels plunges straight downhill under the weight of artless direction.

As a lecherous female agent, Mae West after an absence from the screen of over 26 years provides some funny moments though her part is very short. John Huston, as drama school promoter Buck Loner, is good, while title-roled Raquel Welch # like the film, good at the beginning # has been let down as story progresses to the point where she alone must (but cannot) keep it going.

With David Giler, director Michael Sarne adapted Vidal’s novel in such a way as to (1) create some expository interest, (2) abandon the players to carry the ball, and (3) hype the pacing by clip inserts, motivated and otherwise, as unreal and artificial as silicone injections.

Myra Breckinridge

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Michael Sarne; Producer Robert Fryer; Screenplay Michael Sarne, David Giler; Camera Richard Moore; Editor Danford B. Greene; Music Lionel Newman (sup.); Art Director Jack Martin Smith, Fred Harpman

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Mae West John Huston Raquel Welch Rex Reed Farrah Fawcett Roger C. Carmel
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