Myra Breckinridge (1970)
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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
Jun 24, 1970 Limited
Mar 9, 2004
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Rex Reed (II)
Roger C. Carmel
Charlie Flager Jr.
Robert P. Lieb
Charlie Flager Sr.
Bobby Dean Loner
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One might appreciate Anthology's all-new print -- with its epic sets and costumes, slumming icons, and unfocused meta-ambitions -- as the queer precursor to Southland Tales.
The film version of Gore Vidal's Hollywood-themed transsexual satire starts off promisingly, but after a couple of reels plunges straight downhill under the weight of artless direction.
Raquel Welch's big chance is snatched away by Sarne's careless and unprofessional direction, and Rex Reed's self-parody is much too pat and easy.
If you truly analyze this, it's a very bisexual scene, and it's a classic, and I was told by a film buff friend that it was considered an A-list movie at the time.
Extravagantly tasteless, surprisingly inept filming of Gore Vidal's briefly notorious novel.
With so much raw comedic potential and a cast any director would be happy to get a hold of, Sarne somehow manages to direct it all into one aimless, inept and leering aberration.
Outrageous casting & laughs do not a good satire make.
Loaded with pop references and clips from old movies, it's like a bizarre comic precursor to 'The Dreamers'...
...it's hard to imagine how a film could be any worse, yet Myra has a silly, chaotic, almost endearing quality about it that proclaims its own innocence.
The film and its purported message are just like the monster between Welch's legs: A big fat fake.
The Citizen Kane of chaotic trash, this is car crash cinema at its most compelling.
An unalloyed disaster, but too fascinating to ignore
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