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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! - a look at Russ Meyer's finest film. (possibly NSFW)
posted by Artw (16 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
This lasts roughly two billion years. Afterwards, gazing into the valley of Varla as he smears her windshield with a dirty rag, he burbles something about the thrill of the open road and seeing America. “You won’t find it down there, Columbus!”

For my money, it's the best line in the film, and the paraphrase doesn't do it justice. Here's the actual quote:

Gas Station Attendant: [staring at Varla's chest as he pumps gas] Just passing through, huh? Boy, that motor's sure hot! You gals really must have been moving on these little machines. Yessir, the thrill of the open road. New places, new people, new sights of interest. Now that's what I believe in, seeing America first!

Varla: You won't find it down there, Columbus!

posted by Bunny Ultramod at 1:28 PM on February 10, 2013 [5 favorites]


Beneath the velley of the Ultra-Vixens is 10 times better and the screenplay was written by none othe than Roger Ebert.
posted by furtive at 1:36 PM on February 10, 2013 [5 favorites]


Does this mean today is Bad Movie Day? I'll put it in on the calendar.

(Yes, I've started a calendar. I can't figure out how to make it publicly viewable in Google Calendars though.)
posted by JHarris at 1:36 PM on February 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Beneath the velley of the Ultra-Vixens

It's up there, as far as movies by Meyer go, and represents several themes coming to a peak, but I'm going to have to disagree - in my mind neither it nor Beyond the Valley of the Dolls are up to the level of freakish perfection that Faster Pussycat is at.
posted by Artw at 1:40 PM on February 10, 2013


Time to post my favorite movie quote that no one knows: "I give it ... Back to you..."
posted by dellsolace at 1:55 PM on February 10, 2013


I put the opening narration on my answering machine in college. I have made better decisions. But I did so love that perfectly canned example of period sexism and lunacy.
posted by Harvey Jerkwater at 2:09 PM on February 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Do you want a soft drink?

We don't do nothin' soft. We do everything...hard...
posted by jonp72 at 2:12 PM on February 10, 2013


Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to violence.

"Be sure to visit our... gift shop."
posted by JHarris at 2:15 PM on February 10, 2013


...why are all the images all GIFs?
posted by Decimask at 2:23 PM on February 10, 2013


I have long held the belief that Up! is the finest film that ever leaked out of Meyer's twisted, shell-shocked head.

I had the honor to witness an experience in the late 90's at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin that was billed as An Evening with Russ Meyer. Russ was drunk, incoherent, ornery, and worst of all he was in the none-too-early stages of Alzheimer's. He attempted a Q&A and the thing got more pathetic by the minute. I honestly barely remember the exact details of what went down, but I do recall the entire audience ending up spilling out onto Colorado St. with Russ leading the way. There was a lot of shouting, some buxom women, and a general air of seedy chaos - in other words, it was like an extra-pitiful setpiece from one of his lessor films. As much as it's nice to have an autographed copy of Up! on VHS it was really kind of shitty of the Alamo to book him, as apparently they had a pretty good idea of what kind of shape he was in when they set up the evening.
posted by item at 2:56 PM on February 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


What a lovely tribute to a fantastic film. Meyer had a hell of an eye for the camera angle, whether emphasizing the fantastic bodies of an actress or the depraved idiocy of one of the schlubs. Also this shot of the old man in the wheelchair makes me think Breaking Bad was doing a bit of an hommage.
posted by Nelson at 4:04 PM on February 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Please let's not have Tarantino remake this.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 4:47 PM on February 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Beneath . . . " added to my film queue. Thanks, blue.
posted by grootless at 6:40 PM on February 10, 2013


More Russ Meyer at FreakyTrigger.
posted by Artw at 7:41 PM on February 10, 2013


I proudly own Faster, Pussycat! in its ideal form -- a videocassete* bought for two bucks from a video store's going-out-of-business sale.

*Of course, I dubbed it to DVD so I could actually watch the thing, which I may well do again tonight.

By the way, the theme song is a scream too. I wish I could find a recording.
posted by Gelatin at 8:22 AM on February 11, 2013


Here's a couple of Youtube copies of the Bostweeds song Run Pussy Cat: 1, 2. And here's 6 minutes of the Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Opening which features the theme song with men shouting "Go baby go!" over it.

Also I've got some bad news about a Tarantino remake. Although the rumors go back to 2008, so maybe everyone around him has explained what a horrible idea it would be and it's been sidetracked. QT: listen up! More Jackie Brown, less Pulp Fiction. Thanks!
posted by Nelson at 9:52 AM on February 11, 2013


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