Cinema Q: Myra Breckinridge

Cinema Q: Myra Breckinridge

USA, 1970, 94 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Archival, Based on a Book, Black Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, GLBT, Musical, Womens Issues
Language: English

35mm presentation - MYRA BRECKENRIDGE may be the first punk manifesto, a celebration of pop culture nihilism. A precursor to films by directors like David Lynch, and perhaps influenced by those of avant-garde Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, this outrageous, searing, blackly comic cult film satirizes Hollywood, homosexuality, America, family, and more. Myron Breckenridge (Rex Reed) is a frustrated homosexual who undergoes a sex-change operation, against the advice of his doctor. As a result, Myron becomes Myra (Raquel Welch), a stunningly beautiful woman with a rocket of a body. Myra moves to the South and enrolls at a university, where her adventures include sodomizing a Southern man--and stealing his girlfriend while she's at it. In general, the bodacious, lewd Myra wreaks havoc on Southern conventions in this outrageous classic film. Once thought to be "unfilmable," Gore Vidal's book was the satiric source material for this film. Originally Rated X in 1970, the film may seem less shocking today, but it retains a truly bizarre quality. Among the most memorable moments is the appearance of Mae West, top-billed and still bawdy as ever in her 70s, singing a comically sultry number.

DIRECTOR: Michael Sarne
Screenwriter: David Giler, Michael Sarne
Cinematographer: Richard Moore
Music: John Phillips
Principal Cast: Mae West, Raquel Welch, Rex Reed, John Huston, Roger Herren
US Distributor: 20th Century Fox

>>
July 2014
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

Today's Showtimes

Manakamana
1:40 PM
4:20 PM
9:40 PM
Life Itself
1:50 PM
4:30 PM
7:20 PM
Venus in Fur
2:10 PM
9:50 PM
Snowpiercer
4:15 PM
7:10 PM
10:00 PM
Sharknado 2: The Second One
7:00 PM
Sci-Fi Film Series 2014: Alien
7:00 PM

Hot Tickets

Sign up for our FREE Email Newsletter

 

CLICK IMAGE for the Member Newsletter

CLICK IMAGE to Renew or Join
Membership Updates and Sign Up

CLICK IMAGE for Information

CLICK IMAGE for more information