Russ Meyer—The Life and Films

A Biography and a Comprehensive, Illustrated and Annotated Filmography and Bibliography


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About the Book

Credited with having “opened the floodgates of screen permissiveness” in 1959 with the landmark “nudie” The Immoral Mr. Teas, legendary independent softcore filmmaker Russ Meyer has continued throughout his 30-year career and 23+ films to expand the limits of screen freedom with such genre classics as Lorna (1964), Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1966), and Vixen (1969). Long recognized as an American auteur and honored by numerous international retrospectives of his work, Meyer’s story provides valuable insights into independent filmmaking, the history of the modern sexploitation genre, and cinema censorship.
Researched from underground, popular and film literature, this book also incorporates much of the material contained in Meyer’s own vast archive, to give an in-depth study of the director dubbed “King Leer.”

About the Author(s)

David K. Frasier is a reference librarian at the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the author of several books.

Bibliographic Details

David K. Frasier
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 252
Bibliographic Info: 56 photos, indexes
Copyright Date: 1997 [1990]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0472-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8063-0
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“truly an exhaustive bibliographic study”—Choice; “a model for this type of reference”—ARBA; “highly recommended”—Film Review Annual; “thorough…documents all the articles, reviews, interviews and other tidbits concerning Meyer, his films and leading ladies that have been published over the years…impressive…detailed…invaluable”—Crimson Celluloid; “a valuable overview…will be welcomed by fans and film scholars”—Filmfax; “detailed and fascinating…. I’m in awe of [Frasier’s] research”—Psychotronic; “a must”—Movie Collector’s World; “comprehensive…extensively researched…an abundance of information”—Sightlines.