The libidinous histrionics of skin-flick director Russ Meyer will form the focus of a seven-night American Cinematheque retrospective in mid-September.
Meyer, the auteur who made the first authentic American nudie film in 1959 — “The Immoral Mr. Teas,” shot for $24,000 in four days in his dentist’s office — went on to make a name for himself with a crop of mostly independent thrillers, erotic and often violent, featuring a bevy of improbably shaped vixens.
Highlights of the festival include screenings of a rare 35mm print of the hillbilly sex-fest “Mudhoney” (1965); the psycho-sexual pics “Motorpsycho” (1965) and “Cherry, Harry & Raquel” (1969); the rarely screened “The Seven Minutes” (1971), based on an Irving Wallace novel about censorship; “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” (1966); “Vixen” (1968); and “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” (1970).
Meyer, along with some of his stars — Tura Satana, Susan Bernard, Kitten Natividad, Erica Gaven and Cynthia Meyers — will be on hand for several of the screenings, which run Sept. 16-25.
For info, call American Cinematheque at (323) 466-3456 or on the Web at http://www.egyptiantheatre.com.