IN MEMORIAM: RUSS MEYER

(1922-2004)

 

"(Meyer) posee una arrasadora vitalidad e imaginación, comparable a la de Samuel Fuller" Joe Dante en "The Phenomenon of Russ Meyer" artículo del "Film Bulletin" del 6 de abril de 1970

 

 

El 18 de septiembre de este año por complicaciones derivadas de una neumonía, moría en su casa de Hollywood el director Russ. Meyer de 82 años.

Nacido el 21 de marzo de 1922 en Oakland, California, hijo de un policía y una enfermera, sus comienzos en el cine fueron como técnico y camarógrafo, destacándose como un cronista de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Muchos ignoran que la mayoría de las escenas reales que pueden verse en la película "PATTON" de Franklin J. Schafner con George C. Scott como el general de marras habían sido rodadas por el que luego sería conocido como el rey de las sexploitaion.

Como realizador de ficciones su carrera comenzó con "THE IMMORAL MR. TEAS" (1959), la historia de un vendedor a domicilio de implementos dentales que se encuentra con mujeres voluptuosas en todos los casos (hay informes acerca de la existencia de un  corto previo de Meyer, titulado "THE FRENCH PEEP SHOW" que sería un antecedente directo de esta "Nudie" -películas de desnudos- tanto en estética como en temática , de 1950, pero permanece perdido).

Es durante la década de 1960 donde se afianza como director de culto con filmes como: "FANNY HILL" (1964), "FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!" (1965), "MONDO TOPLESS" (1966) y "VIXEN!" (1968) (Película que cuenta con el record mundial de ser la que durante más tiempo estuvo programada en un autocine: 54 semanas). También contribuyó a crear a sus estrellas de culto (siempre dijo que contrataba a mujeres con gran busto, y a los hombres musculosos o pequeños pero siempre con mandíbula cuadrada). Algunas de sus actrices fueron: Tura Satana, Kitten Natividad, Haji, Erica Gavin, Dolly Read, Anne Chapman.

Tras el éxito de "VIXEN!" (1968), la Fox le ofreció filmar una falsa continuación de la novela de Jaqueline Susan "El valle de las muñecas" (best seller al que la película solo se le parece por parte de su título): "BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS" ("Más Allá del Valle de las Muñecas"-1970, una de las dos únicas películas de Meyer estrenadas comercialmente en Argentina) que tuvo gran suceso.

A pesar de las diferencias de criterios con la Fox, luego del notable éxito de la obra anterior la Fox reincide encargándole "THE SEVEN MINUTES" (Los Siete Minutos-1972, el otro filme estrenado en comercialmente en Argentina). Los resultados de taquilla fueron desastrosos las razones podrían deberse a que la historia del juicio se encontraba más cerca de las obras de Stanley Kramer que del Meyer que el público conociía.

Luego del fracaso, Meyer regresó a su entorno habitual, el cine de sexo, rodando filmes como "SUPERVIXENS" (1975), "UP!" (1976) y "BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRA-VIXENS" (Más Allá del Valle de las UltraZorras-1979).

En los '80 haría una aparición como actor en la desopilante "AMAZON WOMEN OF THE MOON " (Mujeres Amazonas en la Luna-1987), donde interpreta al encargado de la sección pornográfica (o soft) de un video club.

Como director, su último trabajo fue PANDORA PEAKS (2001), filme de 72', directo a video, en el que se resume parte de su carrera, se entrevista a las actrices, aparece Pandora Peaks, etc.

A continuación la filmografía completa de Russ Meyer, a excepción de las únicas películas estrenadas comercialmente en Argentina el resto aparece con sus títulos originales en inglés, y en algunos casos con su título alternativo.

Filmografía como director
(2000s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s)

1. Pandora Peaks (2001) (V)
... aka Russ Meyer's Pandora Peaks (2001) (V) (USA)
2. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979)
3. Up! (1976)
... aka Over, Under and Up! (1976)
... aka Russ Meyer's Up (1976)
... aka Up! Smokey (1976)
4. Supervixens (1975)
... aka Russ Meyer's Supervixens (1975)
... aka SuperVixens Eruption (1975)
... aka Vixens (1975)
5. Blacksnake! (1973)
... aka Black Snake: The Whip (1973)
... aka Dutchess of Doom (1973)
... aka Slaves (1973) (UK)
... aka Sweet Suzy (1973)
6. Seven Minutes, The (1971) ("Los Siete Minutos")
7. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
("Más Allá del Valle de las Muñecas")
... aka Hollywood Vixens (1970)
8. Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970)
... aka Megavixens (1970)
... aka Three Ways to Love (1970)
9. Vixen! (1968)
... aka Russ Meyer's Vixen (1968)
10. Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! (1968)
11. Good Morning... and Goodbye! (1967)
... aka Confessions of a Sexy Supervixen (1968) (UK)
... aka Lust Seekers, The (1968) (UK)
12. Common Law Cabin (1967)
... aka Big Six (1967)
... aka Conjugal Cabin (1967)
... aka How Much Loving Does a Normal Couple Need? (1967)
13. Mondo Topless (1966)
... aka Mondo Girls (1966)
... aka Mondo Top (1966)
14. Motor Psycho (1965)
... aka Motor Mods and Rockers (1965)
... aka Rio Vengeance (1965)
15. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
... aka Leather Girls, The (1965)
... aka Mankillers, The (1965)
... aka Pussycat (1965)
16. Mudhoney (1965)
... aka Mud Honey (1965)
... aka Rope (1965)
... aka Rope of Flesh (1965)
17. Fanny Hill (1964)
... aka Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1965) (USA)
... aka Romp of Fanny Hill (1964)
18. Lorna (1964)
19. Heavenly Bodies! (1963)
... aka Heavenly Assignment (1963)
20. Europe in the Raw (1963)
21. Wild Gals of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral Girls of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
... aka Naked Gals of the Golden West (1962)
... aka Naked West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
22. Erotica (1961)
... aka Eroticon (1961)
23. Eve and the Handyman (1961)
24. Naked Camera, The (1961)
25. Immoral Mr. Teas, The (1959)
... aka Mr. Teas and His Playthings (1959) (UK)
... aka Steam Heat (1959) (UK)
26. French Peep Show, The (1950)

 

 

Filmografía como  productor
(2000s) (1970s) (1960s)
1. Pandora Peaks (2001) (V) (producer)
... aka Russ Meyer's Pandora Peaks (2001) (V) (USA)
2. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979) (producer)
3. Up! (1976) (producer)
... aka Over, Under and Up! (1976)
... aka Russ Meyer's Up (1976)
... aka Up! Smokey (1976)
4. Supervixens (1975) (producer)
... aka Russ Meyer's Supervixens (1975)
... aka SuperVixens Eruption (1975)
... aka Vixens (1975)
5. Blacksnake! (1973) (producer)
... aka Black Snake: The Whip (1973)
... aka Dutchess of Doom (1973)
... aka Slaves (1973) (UK)
... aka Sweet Suzy (1973)
6. Seven Minutes, The (1971) (producer)
7. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) (producer)
... aka Hollywood Vixens (1970)
8. Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970) (producer)
... aka Megavixens (1970)
... aka Three Ways to Love (1970)
9. Vixen! (1968) (producer)
... aka Russ Meyer's Vixen (1968)
10. Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! (1968) (producer)
11. Good Morning... and Goodbye! (1967) (producer)
... aka Confessions of a Sexy Supervixen (1968) (UK)
... aka Lust Seekers, The (1968) (UK)
12. Common Law Cabin (1967) (producer)
... aka Big Six (1967)
... aka Conjugal Cabin (1967)
... aka How Much Loving Does a Normal Couple Need? (1967)
13. Mondo Topless (1966) (producer)
... aka Mondo Girls (1966)
... aka Mondo Top (1966)
14. Motor Psycho (1965) (producer)
... aka Motor Mods and Rockers (1965)
... aka Rio Vengeance (1965)
15. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) (producer)
... aka Leather Girls, The (1965)
... aka Mankillers, The (1965)
... aka Pussycat (1965)
16. Mudhoney (1965) (producer)
... aka Mud Honey (1965)
... aka Rope (1965)
... aka Rope of Flesh (1965)
17. Lorna (1964) (producer)
18. Heavenly Bodies! (1963) (producer)
... aka Heavenly Assignment (1963)
19. Europe in the Raw (1963) (producer)
20. Wild Gals of the Naked West (1962) (producer)
... aka Immoral Girls of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
... aka Naked Gals of the Golden West (1962)
... aka Naked West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
21. Erotica (1961) (producer)
... aka Eroticon (1961)
22. Eve and the Handyman (1961) (producer)
Filmography as: Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor, Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Himself, Notable TV Guest Appearances


Filmografía como técnico fotográfico
(1970s) (1960s) (1950s)
1. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979)
2. Up! (1976)
... aka Over, Under and Up! (1976)
... aka Russ Meyer's Up (1976)
... aka Up! Smokey (1976)
3. Supervixens (1975)
... aka Russ Meyer's Supervixens (1975)
... aka SuperVixens Eruption (1975)
... aka Vixens (1975)
4. Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970)
... aka Megavixens (1970)
... aka Three Ways to Love (1970)
5. Vixen! (1968)
... aka Russ Meyer's Vixen (1968)
6. Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! (1968)
7. Good Morning... and Goodbye! (1967)
... aka Confessions of a Sexy Supervixen (1968) (UK)
... aka Lust Seekers, The (1968) (UK)
8. Common Law Cabin (1967) (uncredited)
... aka Big Six (1967)
... aka Conjugal Cabin (1967)
... aka How Much Loving Does a Normal Couple Need? (1967)
9. Mondo Topless (1966)
... aka Mondo Girls (1966)
... aka Mondo Top (1966)
10. Motor Psycho (1965)
... aka Motor Mods and Rockers (1965)
... aka Rio Vengeance (1965)
11. Lorna (1964)
12. Skyscrapers and Brassieres (1963)
13. Heavenly Bodies! (1963)
... aka Heavenly Assignment (1963)
14. Europe in the Raw (1963)
15. Wild Gals of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral Girls of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
... aka Naked Gals of the Golden West (1962)
... aka Naked West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
16. Erotica (1961)
... aka Eroticon (1961)
17. Eve and the Handyman (1961)
18. Naked Camera, The (1961)
19. Immoral Mr. Teas, The (1959)
... aka Mr. Teas and His Playthings (1959) (UK)
... aka Steam Heat (1959) (UK)
20. Desperate Women, The (1955)
21. French Peep Show, The (1950)
Filmography as: Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor, Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Himself, Notable TV Guest Appearances


Filmografía como guionista
(1970s) (1960s) (1950s)
1. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979) (as B. Callum) (story)
2. Up! (1976) (as B. Callum)
... aka Over, Under and Up! (1976)
... aka Russ Meyer's Up (1976)
... aka Up! Smokey (1976)
3. Supervixens (1975) (dialogue)
... aka Russ Meyer's Supervixens (1975)
... aka SuperVixens Eruption (1975)
... aka Vixens (1975)
4. Blacksnake! (1973)
... aka Black Snake: The Whip (1973)
... aka Dutchess of Doom (1973)
... aka Slaves (1973) (UK)
... aka Sweet Suzy (1973)
5. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) (story)
... aka Hollywood Vixens (1970)
6. Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970) (story)
... aka Megavixens (1970)
... aka Three Ways to Love (1970)
7. Vixen! (1968) (story)
... aka Russ Meyer's Vixen (1968)
8. Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! (1968) (story)
9. Common Law Cabin (1967)
... aka Big Six (1967)
... aka Conjugal Cabin (1967)
... aka How Much Loving Does a Normal Couple Need? (1967)
10. Motor Psycho (1965) (also story)
... aka Motor Mods and Rockers (1965)
... aka Rio Vengeance (1965)
11. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) (story)
... aka Leather Girls, The (1965)
... aka Mankillers, The (1965)
... aka Pussycat (1965)
12. Lorna (1964) (story)
13. Skyscrapers and Brassieres (1963)
14. Heavenly Bodies! (1963)
... aka Heavenly Assignment (1963)
15. Europe in the Raw (1963)
16. Wild Gals of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral Girls of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
... aka Naked Gals of the Golden West (1962)
... aka Naked West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
17. Erotica (1961)
... aka Eroticon (1961)
18. Eve and the Handyman (1961)
19. Naked Camera, The (1961)
20. Immoral Mr. Teas, The (1959)
... aka Mr. Teas and His Playthings (1959) (UK)
... aka Steam Heat (1959) (UK)


Filmografía como editor (montajista)
(1970s) (1960s) (1950s)
1. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979)
2. Up! (1976) (as B. Callum)
... aka Over, Under and Up! (1976)
... aka Russ Meyer's Up (1976)
... aka Up! Smokey (1976)
3. Supervixens (1975)
... aka Russ Meyer's Supervixens (1975)
... aka SuperVixens Eruption (1975)
... aka Vixens (1975)
4. Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970)
... aka Megavixens (1970)
... aka Three Ways to Love (1970)
5. Vixen! (1968)
... aka Russ Meyer's Vixen (1968)
6. Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! (1968)
7. Good Morning... and Goodbye! (1967)
... aka Confessions of a Sexy Supervixen (1968) (UK)
... aka Lust Seekers, The (1968) (UK)
8. Common Law Cabin (1967)
... aka Big Six (1967)
... aka Conjugal Cabin (1967)
... aka How Much Loving Does a Normal Couple Need? (1967)
9. Mondo Topless (1966)
... aka Mondo Girls (1966)
... aka Mondo Top (1966)
10. Motor Psycho (1965)
... aka Motor Mods and Rockers (1965)
... aka Rio Vengeance (1965)
11. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
... aka Leather Girls, The (1965)
... aka Mankillers, The (1965)
... aka Pussycat (1965)
12. Mudhoney (1965)
... aka Mud Honey (1965)
... aka Rope (1965)
... aka Rope of Flesh (1965)
13. Heavenly Bodies! (1963)
... aka Heavenly Assignment (1963)
14. Europe in the Raw (1963)
15. Wild Gals of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral Girls of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
... aka Naked Gals of the Golden West (1962)
... aka Naked West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
16. Erotica (1961)
... aka Eroticon (1961)
17. Eve and the Handyman (1961)
18. Immoral Mr. Teas, The (1959)
... aka Mr. Teas and His Playthings (1959) (UK)
... aka Steam Heat (1959) (UK)


Filmografía como actor
(1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s)
1. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) .... Video Salesman (segment "Video Date")
... aka Cheeseburger Film Sandwich (1987)
2. All the Way In! (1984)
... aka All the Way (1984) (USA: cable TV title)
3. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979) (uncredited) .... The Director
4. Up! (1976) (uncredited) .... Hitchcock
... aka Over, Under and Up! (1976)
... aka Russ Meyer's Up (1976)
... aka Up! Smokey (1976)
5. Supervixens (1975) .... Motel manager
... aka Russ Meyer's Supervixens (1975)
... aka SuperVixens Eruption (1975)
... aka Vixens (1975)
6. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) (uncredited) .... TV cameraman
... aka Hollywood Vixens (1970)
7. Vixen! (1968) (uncredited) .... Tourist
... aka Russ Meyer's Vixen (1968)
8. Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! (1968) (uncredited)
9. Motor Psycho (1965) (as E.E. Meyer) .... Sheriff
... aka Motor Mods and Rockers (1965)
... aka Rio Vengeance (1965)
10. Mudhoney (1965) (uncredited) .... Townspeople
... aka Mud Honey (1965)
... aka Rope (1965)
... aka Rope of Flesh (1965)
11. Heavenly Bodies! (1963)
... aka Heavenly Assignment (1963)
12. Wild Gals of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral Girls of the Naked West (1962)
... aka Immoral West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
... aka Naked Gals of the Golden West (1962)
... aka Naked West-and How It Was Lost, The (1962)
13. Erotica (1961) .... Photographer
... aka Eroticon (1961)
14. Immoral Mr. Teas, The (1959) (uncredited) .... Audience Member
... aka Mr. Teas and His Playthings (1959) (UK)
... aka Steam Heat (1959) (UK)
Filmography as: Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor, Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Himself, Notable TV Guest Appearances
Miscellaneous Crew - filmography
1. Up! (1976) (camera operator)
... aka Over, Under and Up! (1976)
... aka Russ Meyer's Up (1976)
... aka Up! Smokey (1976)
2. Blacksnake! (1973) (camera operator: second unit)
... aka Black Snake: The Whip (1973)
... aka Dutchess of Doom (1973)
... aka Slaves (1973) (UK)
... aka Sweet Suzy (1973)

 

Filmografía como él mismo
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s)
1. Pandora Peaks (2001) (V) .... Himself
... aka Russ Meyer's Pandora Peaks (2001) (V) (USA)
2. Shooting War (2000) (TV) .... él mismo
3. Story of X, The (1998) (V) .... él mismo (producer/director)
4. Voluptuous Vixens II (1998) (V) .... él mismo
... aka Playboy's Voluptuous Vixens II (1998) (V) (USA: complete title)
5. Hollywood Rated 'R' (1997) .... él mismo
... aka Deniers du culte, Les (1997) (France: TV title)
6. Voluptuous Vixens (1997) (V) .... él mismo
... aka Playboy's Voluptuous Vixens (1997) (V) (USA: complete title)
7. "Hollywood Women" (1994) (mini) TV Series .... él mismo
8. Cult People (1989) .... él mismo
9. That's Sexploitation (1973) .... él mismo
 

Invitado especial en un Show televisivo:
1. "The Incredibly Strange Film Show" (1988) se einterpreta a "sí mismo" en el episodio: "Russ Meyer" (episodio # 1.5)