Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film (Paperback)
The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film
Three Rivers Press (CA), 9780307338440, 463pp.
Publication Date: June 27, 2006
This former WWII combat photographer immortalized his personal sexual obsession upon the silver screen, creating box-office gold with "The Immoral Mr. Teas" in 1959. The modest little film pushed all preexisting limits of on-screen nudity, and with its success, the floodgates of what was permitted to be shown on film were thrust open, never to be closed again. Russ Meyer ignited a true revolution in filmmaking, breaking all sex, nudity, and violence taboos. In a career that spanned more than forty years, Meyer created a body of work that has influenced a legion of filmmakers, fashionistas, comic book artists, rock bands, and even the occasional feminist.
Bringing his anecdote- and action-packed biographical style to another renegade of popular culture, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Shakey" Jimmy McDonough offers a wild, warts-and-all portrait of Russ Meyer, the director, writer, producer, and commando moviemaking force behind the sexploitation classics "Vixen," "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," "Faster, Pussycat Kill Kill " and many others. "Big Bosoms and Square Jaws" blows the lid off the story of Russ Meyer, from the beginning to his recent tragic demise, creating in the process a vivid portrait of a past America.
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Praise For Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film…
“Ladies and gentleman, welcome to violence, the word and the act . . . While violence cloaks itself in a plethora of disguises, its favorite mantle still remains sex . . .” —from Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
"A fun, twisted romp through the life of one of America's most celebrated, sordid filmmakers." —Leggs McNeil, author of Please Kill Me