(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
While "Valley of the Dolls" isn't necessarily cinematic brilliance, the ending was a pleasant surprise in contrast to the book, illustrating the changing social climate for women between the 1940s-1950s (when the book was based) and the 1960s (when the film was released).
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)