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Sad to hear...Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is one of my very favorite movies ever.

 

Cult filmmaker Russ Meyer dies aged 82

 

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LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US adult film pioneer Russ Meyer, who earned the sobriquet "king of the nudies" or "King Leer" and went on to be acclaimed as a cult movie maker, has died at the age of 82.

 

 

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Meyer was best known for soft-core pornography classics as "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" and "Vixen," but also directed the major Hollywood release "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls."

 

 

A spokeswoman for Meyer's production company, RM Films International Inc, said the filmmaker died in Los Angeles of complications of pneumonia after suffering from dementia for some time.

 

 

A former World War II combat newsreel cameraman who went on to become a photographer for early Playboy centrefolds, Meyer was a one-man studio who produced, directed, wrote, edited and photographed most of his 26 movies.

 

 

While his films featured little hard-core sex, they were peppered with Meyer's signatures of voluptuous female stars and violence and earned him a reputation as a trend-setter in the nascent adult industry.

 

 

He made his mark with his first feature film, "The Immoral Mr. Teas," a nudist comedy made in 1959 that cost just 24,000 dollars to produce but took more than one million dollars on the arthouse film circuit over the years, earning Meyer his title of "king of the nudies."

 

 

The filmmaker confirmed his reputation with a string of low-budget black and white movies that culminated in his trademark work, "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!," the 1965 tale of a group of murderous go-go dancers.

 

 

Modern filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and John Waters have said Meyer's work inspired their unique styles.

 

 

At the peak of his sub-culture success, Hollywood's Twentieth Century Fox studio signed him to make a forgettable sequel to its 1968 classic "Valley of the Dolls," "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" which was released in 1970.

 

 

In later years he made "Supervixens" (1976) and "Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens" (1979)" and in 1992 he published a three-volume autobiography, "A Clean Breast: The Life and Loves of Russ Meyer."

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