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An Appreciation of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, a Film With No Equal

Since the beginning, people have struggled to describe Russ Meyer’s 1970 film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and no mere string of words quite captures its narcotic essence. “It’s a camp sexploitation horror musical that ends in a quadruple ritual murder and a triple wedding,” said its screenwriter, Roger Ebert, to Time. “A modern soap opera filmed as if it were a Batman episode,” wrote the Seattle Times’ John Hartl.
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