Myra Breckinridge (1970) (part 1 of 12)

The Cast of Characters:
Raquel Welch as Myra Breckinridge Myra Breckinridge (Raquel Welch). Haughty, movie-obsessed acting teacher who arrives in Hollywood in order to bring about (get this) “the destruction of the last vestigial traces of traditional manhood”. And, oh yeah, almost forgot. She used to be a “he”.
Rex Reed as Myron BreckinridgeMyron Breckinridge (Rex Reed). This is Myra before the sex change. The resemblance is stunning, no? Cranky, petulant, and easily dismissive of things he doesn’t understand, Myron will come to remind us of a certain semi-famous movie critic.
John Huston as Buck LonerBuck Loner (John Huston). Myra/Myron’s uncle. A washed-up star of old-time Westerns who currently owns and operates an acting school in Los Angeles. Sickeningly, he spends nearly the entire film naked on a massage table.
Mae West as Leticia Van AllenLeticia Van Allen (Mae West). Just what audiences were craving: An oversexed, septuagenarian talent agent who sleeps with all her clients. Her only purpose in this movie is to toss out smutty one-liners and perform the worst musical number in the history of sound.
Roger Herren as Rusty GodowskiRusty Godowski (Roger Herren). A student at Buck’s acting school. Myra falls madly in lust with him, and (much like this movie did to audiences) she bends him over, straps one on, and gives it to him right in the ass.
Farrah Fawcett as Mary Ann PringleMary Ann Pringle (Farrah Fawcett). Rusty’s girlfriend. After Myra forcibly sodomizes Rusty, she turns her attention to seducing Mary Ann. Don’t get too excited at the prospect of REAL LIFE LADY LOVERS, however, because it’s all mostly implied.
WARNING: This recap, like the movie it covers, deals with adult subject matter. If explicit discussion of sex, drug use, transgender issues, homosexuality, and the liberal use of profanity are not your cup of tea, then please leave now.

Also, some of the images in this recap contain nudity, so if you’re reading from a place that frowns on pictures of naked buttocks and female nipples, exercise caution.

Back in the late 1960’s, the success of the counter-culture movement in film stunned the Hollywood establishment. Films like Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy (which were light on conventional plots, but heavy on non-linear storytelling and stylistic experimentation) had execs at the big studios scratching their heads. Very few of them understood this new type of picture, but one thing was clear: Young people were spending money to see it. So, as per its nature, Hollywood did its very best to cash in.

What followed was a string of films that, in retrospect, look completely foolish. Almost as if they had come down from a great high, major studios would immediately come to regret releasing pretentious junk and repulsive comedies like Candy, The Happening, The Big Cube, Wild In The Streets, The Last Movie, R.P.M., The Strawberry Statement, The Harrad Experiment, and future Agony Booth target Skidoo.

And, of course, Myra Breckinridge.

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Multi-Part Article: Myra Breckinridge (1970)

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