Russ Meyer (1922-2004)


Russ Meyer was one of the first sex film directors. In fact, with THE IMMORAL MR. TEAS he made what is considered today the first modern skin-flick. He worked on more than twenty movies in his career, some of which have acquired cult status. His best films are not those with full frontal nudity, but those films which have something to say (read: those with a discernible plot). Meyer showed his talent already in his early films. Most of the times he also shot, edited and wrote his films. Techincally speaking, Meyer was best at editing. His best film may be MUDHONEY. Similar in theme and as enjoyable is FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL, KILL! I also highly recommed BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.


Filmography:

The French Peep Show (1950; dir, cin; a short)
Roogie's Bump (1954; act?)
The Desperate Women (1955; cin)
The James Dean Story (1957; cocin)
The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod)
The Naked Camera (1961; dir, scr, cin)
Eve and the Handyman (1961; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod)
Erotica (1961; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod)
Wild Gals of the Naked West (1962; dir, cin, edit, coprod, act)
Skyscrapers and Brassieres (1963; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod; a 10m. short)
Europe in the Raw (1963; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod; edited into Mondo Topless)
Heavenly Bodies! (1963; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod)
Lorna (1964; dir, cin, edit, prod)
Fanny Hill (1964; dir)
Motor Psycho (1965; dir, coscr, cin, prod)
Mudhoney (1965; dir, coprod)
Mondo Topless (1966; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod)
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1966; dir, sty, edit, prod)
Good Morning... and Goodbye! (1967; dir, coscr, coedit, cin, prod)
Common-Law Cabin (1967; dir, edit, prod)
Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers (1968; dir, sty, cin, coedit, prod, act)
Vixen! (1969; dir, cin, edit, prod)
Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1969; dir, coscr, sty, cin, coedit, prod)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970; dir, costy, uncred edit?, prod, act)
The Seven Minutes (1971; dir, prod)
Black Snake (1973; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod)
Supervixens (1975; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod, act)
Up! (1976; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod, act)
Beneath the Valley of the Supervixens (1979; dir, scr, cin, edit, prod)
All the Way In! (1984; act)
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987; act)
Pandora Peaks (2001; dir; made for video)



Ron Altman (last update 07/30/07)