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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Released 1970
Distributor 20th Century Fox

It seemed like a good idea at the time– give the sequel to one of Fox’s soap opera hits to skinflick auteur Russ Meyer in the heady days of X-rated prosperity. Okay, it didn’t work out so well at the boxoffice, but it did give us a touchstone for big studio psychotronic insanity that has yet to be matched. This trailer is mainly a staged photo shoot selling Russ-as-auteur.

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About Michael Lehmann

Michael Lehmann has directed nine feature films, including HeathersHudson HawkThe Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Because I Said So.  Among his numerous television directing credits are HomicideThe West WingThe Larry Sanders Show, Big Love, Californication, American Horror Story, Dexter and True Blood. He recently wrote and directed Betas, a pilot for Amazon Studios that has been ordered to series.