Valley Of The DollsBy Criterion
Cutthroat careerism, wild sex and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's sensational and wildly popular novel. Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins and Sharon Tate star as three friends attempting to navigate the glamorous, pressurized world of big-time show business - the "valley" is not a place but a narcotized state of mind, and the "dolls" are the pills that rouse them in the morning and knock them out at night. Blending old-fashioned gloss with Madison Avenue grooviness, director Mark Robson's slick look at the early days of sexual liberation and an entertainment industry coming apart was a giant box-office hit, and has become an unforgettably campy time capsule of the 1960s.
Reasons to Buy
- A trashy, melodramatic piece of camp heaven based on Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel that takes us on a hell-bound highway of drugs, sex, drinks and infidelity and the rise and fall of starlets in the entertainment biz.
- The film, at times, drifts into clichÃ©-ridden waters, but is nevertheless chock full of those absolutely absurd soap opera-ish elements which make this genre so much fun. Drag queens have built who personas and careers off of this movie.
- The Criterion Collection has done a bang-up job with this amazing new special edition. The features include audio commentary from Barbara Parkins, rare documentary footage from the time of the film's release, amazing footage from a queer Patty Duke tribute gala and much, much more!