Myra Breckenridge


(out of 5)

Based on the popular, scandalous book by Gore Vidal, this film was disowned by the author the moment he saw it. Future film critic   stars as a lonely gay man named Myron Breckenridge who decides to have plastic surgery and turn into (fat chance!) Now renamed Myra, Miss Welch is the most beautiful woman in Hollywood who storms into her uncle’s (John Huston) acting studio with a vengeance, planning on taking over classes and doing things her way. One of the first things she wants to do her way is a stud named Rusty () who makes her blood boil with lust; it involves getting rid of his ditsy girlfriend (), but that shouldn’t be too difficult. The other subplot in this unbelievably weird film is Mae West as a racy cabaret singer (well, what else is new) and talent agent who gives her male prospects a real runaround in her office before deciding whether to take them on or not ( appears in a very early role as one of the cowboys who shows up to get on her roster). I’m sure there was plenty of social commentary in Vidal’s novel, but the film version concentrates too much on being bawdy and has absolutely no subliminal content worth noting.

USA, 1970

Directed by 

Screenplay by Michael Sarne, , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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