Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel. Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, and Sharon Tate star as three friends navigating the glamorous, pressurized world of big-time show business.
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Rousseau-ist tale. Culture (City, Hollywood, Power, Money) corrupts while Nature (Heartland, Church, Memories, Mom and Dad) stays virginal. About almost the same themes, Richard Brooks's The Happy Ending (1969) is really more mature. This one, although watchable, is not worthy of the Criterion Collection.
robson's attemps to transcend the original text are moving / it's so kitchy that it almost looks experimental with its technicolor vulgarity, arresting pop-art visuals + gorgeous slow motion prologue + patty duke's colossal maddening performance (almost "possession"-like)
"Goodbye, pussycat, meowwww!" So many great scenes, but I think my favorite has to be when Neely is in the mental hospital singing "Come Live with Me" with Tony in the wheelchair. I laugh just thinking about it.
Surprisingly square for a camp classic. The incomparable Helen Lawson is a fucking goddess and Neely O'Hara's meltdown is jaw droppingly hysterical but much of the movie is simply dull, sappy and dorky unlike Russ Meyer's delirious "sequel"
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Valley of the Dolls felt like the lurid cinematic lovechild of Douglas Sirk and Stanley Donen. Yes, its campy and often tragic to the point of silly (namely Sharon Tate's storyline) but grossly entertaining (namely the fantastic asshole that is Keely O'Hara) but there's something about this movie that just digs in and doesn't let up. I really wish I had catty gay friends to watch this with.
(1.5) Very depressing portrayal of gender roles. Liked Patty Duke's performance, but at the same time hated that her character was somehow in comparison to Sharon Tate's and Barbara Parkins' ones downplayed as a half-attractive, unlovable and therefore fucked up woman, even though Duke is a truly beautiful actress! (P.s. "Come live with me" song cracked me up every time.)
Cela se voudrait une critique des milieux artistiques et du climat névrotique de cette faune particulière qui survit à coups d'intrigues et d'euphorisants. Pour la dénonciation et la satire, mieux vaut revoir certains films de Minnelli, Aldrich, Wilder ou encore Mankiewicz. Mark Robson reste un metteur en scène mineur... www.cinefiches.com