Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pat Barrington Week: Mondo Topless (1966)

Writer/Director/Cinematographer Russ Meyer had a niche in films, and Pat Barrington fit right in.

Mondo Topless is Meyer's most bizarre work, in many ways. Certainly he did not shy away from nudity, and many of his actresses were discovered while dancing at go-go or strip clubs.The film's entire sixty minutes are comprised of topless dancing with voice-over interviews with the dancers. Insipid, or inspired? In many ways this film is an indictment of the "Mondo" genre where "documentaries" were made to shock and titillate American audiences. It is so bizarre that it outdoes many of those films by being even less entertaining. Meyer is also, perhaps, giving a jab to the male desire to make dancers and models more than what they are. The narrator often criticizes the models during their interviews, or says things along the lines of, "shut up and get back to dancing."

Obviously, this film is not for everyone, and you have to really want to watch it to make it all the way through. Despite being nearly all nudity, it is surprisingly unsexy, and I believe that was the idea.

Here is a brief clip. No nudity involved.


aironlater said...

And I'm still trying to find a copy of Faster Pussycat Kill Kill Kill. That aside, Pat Barrington is incredible.

Darius Whiteplume said...

There are some foreign copies on eBay. Be sure to check the format and region. Many are region zero (worldwide), but some are in PAL format (we use NTSC in the states). Many DVD players handle both, since they tend to market the same machine worldwide. Also, you may be able to "region free" your DVD player. There is often a code to do this, and they are easily (well, fairly easily) found on the interwebs.

Pussycat is easily Meyer's best film, IMHO.

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