Wednesday, September 22, 2004Russ Meyer Gets Laid (To Rest)
Alas, the original tittie-movie man has shuffled off this mortal coil...
Russ Meyer, who helped spawn the "skin flick" with such films as "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" and "Vixen," has died. He was 82.
Meyer died Saturday at his home in the Hollywood Hills, according to his company, RM Films International Inc. Spokeswoman Janice Cowart said Meyer had suffered from dementia and died of complications of pneumonia.
Meyer's films were considered pornographic in their time but are less shocking by today's standards, with their focus on violence and large-busted women but little graphic sex.
Altogether he produced, directed, financed, wrote, edited and shot at least 23 films, including his debut, "The Immoral Mr. Teas," in 1959 and the 1968 film "Vixen," whose success earned him notice from major studios.
Unlike your lesser purveyors of cinematic skin, of course, Meyer never succumbed to mere titillation, choosing instead to glorify the women in his films as not only sex objects, but sex objects who could kick your ass if they didn't like how you were eyeing 'em. I don't know a single interesting, sane woman who hasn't at some point wished she could be just a little bit more like Tura Satana.
So goodbye to Russ Meyer, friend to strong women everywhere. (I have to admit, however, that like Mat, I'd thought he'd died a long time ago. Oh well.) |