Myra Breckinridge (1970)
Writer: Gore Vidal (novel), Michael Sarne & David Giler (screenplay)
Director: Michael Sarne
Starring: Raquel Welch, John Houston, Rex Reed
In order to destroy the male-dominated society in which we live, this guy gets a partial sex change which makes him look like Raquel Welch. Or does he?
apparently we watched some sort of censored version. this upsets me, netflix. as far as the movie goes, i enjoyed it. i love how old movie clips were pasted in as reaction shots. very clever. i also enjoyed the subversive plan to destroy the "man" testosterone-y role in relationships and therefore reinvent what a relationship is. i didn't really quite understand the ending. i get it, but i don't get it. it's always disappointing when reality isn't really reality in the end. i think it makes the point of the movie irrelevant, and this was a relevant movie. oh well.
i would like to add the costumes were amazing!
This was strangely interesting and entertaining. I don't know if I quite recommend it, but I'm not lobbying against it by any means.
I read a few things about it and from what I can tell the editing/censoring wasn't about content so much as the clarity of that content (e.g. making black & white certain things which were original color). This was also supposed to be intentionally bad, but I didn't find that to be the case. There was a real point of view here and outside of the main premise--fuck, if I could come out like Raquel Welch and still keep my dick I might have to think about the surgery--there's a lot of sense to what they were trying to say.
Cutting back and forth to old clips was a good way of making the point on multiple levels, and contrasting Welch's relatively reserved performance to the high-falutin' overacting of the male principals was a good time. And the ending even made sense.