Russ Meyer

Highest Rated: 100% Supervixens (1975)
Birthday: Mar 21, 1922
Birthplace: San Leandro, California, USA
His first feature, the nudist comedy The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959), cost $24,000 toproduce and eventually grossed more than $1,000,000 on the independent/exploitationcircuit, ensconcing Meyer as "King of the Nudies." Over the next decade, he madenearly twenty movies with a trademark blend of warped humor, huge-breasted starletsand All-American sleaze, including classics Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) andVixen (1968). Russ Meyer was a true auteur who wrote, directed, edited, photographedand distributed all his own films. He was able to finance each new film from theproceeds of the earlier ones, and became very wealthy in the process.Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! starring Tura Satana, is usually considered to be hismost well known film and it also routinely chosen as having some of the mostpowerful female characters ever seen on the big screen. It has a cult following allover the world and has inspired countless imitations, music videos and tributes. Because his films were expertly photographed and unique he was able to eventuallyfind mainstream success and press, even with an X rating. After the huge success ofboth Cherry, Harry & Raquel!(1966) and Vixen, Hollywood, which had initiallyrejected him, came calling and at the height of his independent career, Russ Meyergot the chance to make a big-budget Hollywood film for 20th Century Fox, producingthe brilliant but not-exactly-what-Fox-expected Beyond the Valley of the Dolls(1970, co-written by Roger Ebert). After a second film for Fox (The Seven Minutes)Meyer returned to the independent film world and made four more films, includingSupervixens (1974). Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens, his final film proper(1979), is considered by many to be his funniest and it is also his most sexuallyexplicit. It should be noted that Russ Meyer never did hardcore pornographic films and eventually retired because of how cynical and unprofessionalthe world of adult films had become by the late 1970s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Mudhoney Producer Director Man in Lynching Crowd 2003
59% Amazon Women on the Moon Video Salesman $0.6M 1987
No Score Yet Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens Producer Himself Screenwriter Director 1979
No Score Yet Up! Hitchcock (uncredited) Screenwriter Director Producer 1976
100% Supervixens Director Screenwriter Producer Motel Manager 1975
No Score Yet Black Snake (Sweet Suzy) (Dutchess of Doom) Director Producer 1973
No Score Yet Blacksnake Screenwriter Producer Director 1973
No Score Yet The Seven Minutes Producer Director 1971
75% Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Director Producer Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! Producer Director Screenwriter 1969
No Score Yet Cherry, Harry and Raquel! (Megavixens) (Three Ways to Love) Screenwriter Producer Director 1969
100% Russ Meyer's Vixen Director Screenwriter Producer 1968
No Score Yet Good Morning & Goodbye Producer Director 1967
No Score Yet Common-Law Cabin Director Producer 1967
No Score Yet Common Law Cabin Director 1967
No Score Yet Mondo Topless Producer Director 1966
No Score Yet Motor Psycho Sheriff Screenwriter Director Producer 1965
74% Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Director Producer 1965
67% Motorpsycho Screenwriter Director 1965
No Score Yet Lorna Screenwriter Producer Director 1964
No Score Yet Wild Gals of the Naked West Screenwriter Director 1962
No Score Yet Eve and the Handyman Director 1961
80% The Immoral Mr Teas Director Screenwriter 1959

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