Myra rubs elbows with some Hollywood types, including Leticia Van Allen Mae West , a lecherous talent scout who works in an all white office-cum-boudoir, adorned with silk curtains and ostrich feathers. She also cozies up to her student Rusty Roger Herren , who's all-American attractive and an all around mediocre talent, and his naive girlfriend Mary Ann Farah Fawcett! Myra becomes obsessed with Rusty, zeroing in on him as the last stronghold of all masculinity she must break down.
She spends the rest of her time seducing and manipulating both him and his girlfriend, ruining their own lives for her pleasure.
Both side are rabidly fighting each other throughout the film over who got it right, but it's clear neither side seems to have understood the point or the tone of the book to begin with. In that way, the movie itself is a better candidate for the schizophrenia its main character is falsely accused of having. The only consistent characteristic is its campiness, which works great for the snide tone of the narration, but turns into a real nightmare when it comes to the societal commentary.
A perfect example of this is the infamous rape scene of Rusty, where Myra locks him in a room and then sodomizes him with a strap on. It's juxtaposed with Myra's narration, as she waxes poetically about how much she enjoys the feeling of breaking him down both psychologically and physically. Myra rides Rusty like a bull, interspliced with footage of dams bursting, rollercoasters, atomic bombs, and classic Hollywood scenes that seem to be laughingly mocking the rape, there's even a shot of Myron eating popcorn and laughing.
Another failure of this film is in its frenetic editing. It swaps back and forth to clips from classic films that they didn't actually get the rights for in a way that makes it seem like they're giving meta commentary, as well as invoking Myra's obsession with the Golden Age of Hollywood.
In theory this could have been an intriguing comedic touch, but in practice it quickly gets confusing and tiresome, especially when it happens in the middle of sentences or is used inconsistently to keep the plot moving forward. In general the film feels confusing at best and like it was patched together off of the cutting room floor at worst.
They barely set up the premise of the movie or introduce any characters, they just parade all of the characters in and out of the film and expect you to have read the book. Leticia only once shows up in the same room with any other characters, which makes her role in this whole story confusing in the context of the film, but even more so if you're familiar with her presence in the book.
The movie also ends so suddenly I had to double check that I didn't fall asleep somewhere in those last five minutes and miss an entire scene. They apparently reedited the ending to be in black and white to let you know "it was all a dream" but I can assure you that definitely didn't help to clarify anything.
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Overview Gore Vidal's best-selling satiric novel gets an inarguably unique screen treatment in this off-center psycho-sexual farce. Fussy film buff Myron Breckinridge Rex Reed goes to Europe and gets a sex-change operation from a slovenly chain-smoking doctor John Carradine and returns to the United States as the glamorous and willful Myra Breckinridge Raquel Welch. Myra appears at the door of former cowboy star-turned-acting school entrepreneur Buck Loner John Huston , who also happened to be Myron's uncle; Myra insists she's Myron's widow and demands her fair share of Loner's inheritance to her late husband.
Loner, suspicious of the appearance of Myron's bride, tries to find a way out of giving her any of his money, while giving Myra a job in his acting school to keep her busy. Myra's new career allows her to make the acquaintance of Leticia Van Allen Mae West , an aging sexpot and talent agent who represents "leading men only. In the midst of the action, director Michael Sarne uses clips from dozens of vintage Hollywood films of the s and '40s as a comic counterpoint to the story.
Both Gore Vidal and Rex Reed expressed their dissatisfaction with Myra Breckinridge after the film hit theaters, though Vidal has also claimed not have seen the finished product; the film has gone on to develop a devoted cult following, despite the fact the film's only authorized video release has been out of print since the late '70s. Carmel Dr. Show More. Average Review. Write a Review. Mae West.
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