Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
(1970, 109 mins)
This film is a sequel in name only to Valley of the Dolls (1967). Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze. Written by Roger Ebert, who had become friends with schlock-movie director Russ Meyer after writing favorable reviews of several of his films, it was, in Ebert’s words “a satire of Hollywood conventions, genres, situations, dialogue, characters and success formulas, heavily overlaid with such shocking violence that some critics didn’t know whether the movie ‘knew’ it was a comedy.” Meyer’s intention was for the film to “simultaneously be a satire, a serious melodrama, a rock musical, a comedy, a violent exploitation picture, a skin flick and a moralistic expose (so soon after the Sharon Tate murders) of what the opening crawl called ‘the oft-times nightmarish world of Show Business “.