Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Showtimes

Due to the heat we’re moving this screening inside to screen 3 at The Loft Cinema. This film is rated NC-17. No one under 18 will be admitted.

Summer Camp returns to The Loft Cinema for a one-night-only screening of Russ Meyer’s outrageously campy rock musical, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, written by Roger Ebert! This is my Happening, and it freaks me out!

What is Beyond the Valley of the Dolls? Why, it’s only the greatest rock musical, counterculture satire, skin flick, wacky comedy, overblown melodrama, crazed horror movie, sex and drug extravaganza ever made! Originally conceived by 20th Century Fox as a straight sequel to their 1967 hit, Valley of the Dolls, under the guidance of infamous “adults only” filmmaker Russ Meyer (Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!), here making his first major studio picture, and young screenwriter/film critic Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls instead emerged as something far better – a whacked-out skewering of the psychedelic ‘60s generation (and a hilarious parody of the original film) so far-out and outrageously scandalous that the studio could only look on in horror at what the self-proclaimed “King of the Nudies” has wrought.

“An outrageous gas, thanks to its heedless energy and its ‘are they kidding or not?’ tone … a terrifically well-made piece of trash.” – Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

In Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, a small town, all-girl rock band called The Kelly Affair hits the highway to Los Angeles in search of fame, fortune and whatever else they can find. Along the way, the naïve Kelly, Casey and Petronella hook up with a kinky music promoter named “Z-Man” who turns them on to a whole new scene. Soon, the newly-dubbed “Carrie Nations” are clumsily navigating the ups and downs (and every other conceivable direction!) of big bad Hollywood in the Swinging Sixties, leading to an avalanche of sex, drugs, wild parties, Top 40 records, bad relationships, busted friendships, freak accidents and homicide! Whether viewed as the ultimate Sixties’ artifact (dig that Strawberry Alarm Clock cameo!), the first major studio skin flick, a kooky cult classic, or a benchmark in American cinema (thanks to Russ Meyer’s skillful, and highly influential, cinematography and editing), Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is truly a film unlike any other. (Dir. by Russ Meyer, 1970, USA, 109 mins., Rated NC-17)