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  Myra Breckinridge Movie Review at Hollywood Video
Whether or not you agree with the clearly delusional Sarne that Myra Breckinridge was "ahead of its time," one thing is certain: you won't forget this bizarre film, which also stars Mae West, looking positively mummified as she reels off double-entendres to a bevy of hunky extras.
As Buck schemes to thwart Myra's plans to collect her money, she embarks on her ultimate goal of seducing and destroying those All-American ideals, the macho Rusty (Roger Herren) and his dumb Blonde girlfriend Mary Ann (Farrah Fawcett!) while Myron looks on from the sidelines.
Myra Breckinridge tries hard to be hip and groovy, but it's ultimately nonsensical, like so many of the "counter-culture" movies the studios made in the late '60s to woo the youth market.
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  Myra Breckinridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Myra Breckinridge (1968) is a satirical novel by Gore Vidal written in the form of a diary.
Myra Breckinridge was filmed in 1970 by Michael Sarne, with Raquel Welch in the title role.
Myra Breckinridge is an attractive young woman with a mission.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Myra_Breckinridge   (490 words)

 Myra Breckenridge
Myra Breckinridge is one of those stupefying cinematic experiences that makes one say, "My god, what were they thinking?" over and over like a mantra.
Because she was "enhancing" the gender she was born with and attempting to roll back the clock--both approved of by the social norms of Hollywood, California, and America in general, she was free to do this as she saw fit.
If Myra Breckinridge is palatable at all, it is because of Raquel Welch, who was at the height of her beauty and sex appeal when this film was made and was kitted out with the most flattering wardrobe she ever wore.
www.tranquility.net /~benedict/myrabreckenridge.html   (1172 words)

 Film Threat - Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-14)
The humor in "Myra Breckinridge" is wildly over-the-top, most notoriously when the title character asserts her domination over a muscular stud by tying him down to a table and sodomizing him with a dildo.
Welch's Myra babbles about the glamour and glory of old-time Hollywood, yet her wickedly insincere delivery is clearly a parroting of canned platitudes harvested by studio publicists and swallowed by a population which did not know any better.
www.filmthreat.com /Reviews.asp?Id=3253   (729 words)

 Myra Breckinridge DVD Review at The Z Review UK DVD reviews
Myra visits her rich uncle who runs a film academy, and insists on claiming half the estate.
Myra’s ulterior motive is to “exact revenge on all of mankind and re-align the sexes”.
A lot of the movie’s problems are displayed in the most notorious scene, where Myra exacts her revenge on mankind, in the form of Rusty (Roger Herren, who apparently has never made a film since).
www.thezreview.co.uk /dvdreviews/m/myrabreckinridge.htm   (636 words)

 Myra Breckinridge (1970)
Whether or not you agree with the clearly delusional Sarne that Myra Breckinridge was "ahead of its time," one thing is certain: you won't forget this bizarre film, which also stars Mae West, looking positively mummified as she reels off double-entendres to a bevy of hunky extras.
As Buck schemes to thwart Myra's plans to collect her money, she embarks on her ultimate goal of seducing and destroying those All-American ideals, the macho Rusty (Roger Herren) and his dumb Blonde girlfriend Mary Ann (Farrah Fawcett!) while Myron looks on from the sidelines.
Myra Breckinridge tries hard to be hip and groovy, but it's ultimately nonsensical, like so many of the "counter-culture" movies the studios made in the late '60s to woo the youth market.
www.reel.com /movie.asp?MID=12284&buy=open&PID=10113472&Tab=reviews&CID=18   (564 words)

 DVD Times - Myra Breckinridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-14)
Myra Breckinridge was released in 1970 to stinking reviews and poor box office but over the years has developed a cult following as a camp classic.
Myra Breckinridge is certainly no neglected masterpiece, nor even a particularly good film, but the years have been kind to it as they have to Fox’s other MPAA X-rated bomb of around the same time, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
Viewers of Myra Breckinridge were treated to the rape of a man by a woman wearing an unseen dildo, albeit played for laughs — a pioneering male rape, predating the far more serious one in Deliverance.
www.dvdtimes.co.uk /content.php?contentid=10851   (2383 words)

 DVD Verdict Review - Myra Breckinridge
Myron Breckinridge (movie critic Rex Reed in his first film role) is sitting on the operating table, his legs up in stirrups, moments away from having his manhood removed.
As aggressive as Myra is throughout the rest of the film, it's still hard to swallow what she does.
Myra Breckinridge is guilty of a multitude of crimes, but all charges are dismissed due to mitigating circumstances.
www.dvdverdict.com /reviews/myrabreckinridge.php   (3202 words)

 Magellan's Log: Myra Breckinridge: An American Epiphany Part 2
Myra’s vision extends far beyond the verbal placeboes of orthodox psychotherapy, beyond the behavioral placeboes of such "pioneers" as Fritz Perls and William Schultz into that shadow realm of ultimate treatment so rich with the chance of extensive malpractice litigation: intimate involvement with the patient.
Myra as the ultimate behaviorist knows that standard-received masculine behavior can not be changed by suasion; she knows that psychoanalysis, T-Groups, sensitivity training, Gestalt therapy, inhibited Rolflng (with underwear on!), etc., all do little more than put a sugary coating over the noxious and furious programs governing all our perverse, internecine sexual-political behavior.
True, Myra is living out her fantasies (warped or not), but there's one so big that she only brushes it (is it perhaps the only healthy fantasy left to us?).
www.texaschapbookpress.com /magellanslog56/myra02.htm   (2216 words)

 Buy "Myra Breckinridge/Myron (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)" at ChicagoPride.com - your source to Boystown and ...
This is extraordinary, since 'Myra Breckinridge' is a genuinely radical and subversive novel that strikes forcibly at the very heart of traditional American values, particularly at the country's conservative sexual mores, though most readers seem to miss the 'unacceptable truth' that the book shrewdly exposes.
Thus Myra, "goddess enthroned and all-powerful," has achieved one of her primary goals: "that is woman's role, to make the wound and then heal it." Myra, who has been reborn several times herself, provides Rusty with a reawakening and second birth, one that would very likely never have occurred without her sadistic intervention.
Myra is run over by an automobile driven by one of her enemies, awakens badly injured in a hospital, and, via a process never made clear to the reader, psychically reverts back to Myron Breckinridge, the man she was before physically altering genders via an operation in Denmark.
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 filmcritic.com Movie Review: Myra Breckinridge
Myra (Racquel Welch) is formerly Myron (Rex Reed), transformed thanks to a sex-change operation in Europe and arriving in California with a man-hating attitude: “I am Myra Breckinridge whom no man will ever possess,” she proclaims in voiceover, before meeting with her wealthy uncle Buck Loner (John Huston), who runs an acting school.
Myra marks Hollywood’s exciting transition into the ‘70s, led by Midnight Cowboy, Taxi Driver, and Joe, and defenders of it in recent years have argued that it belongs in that league; Myra, they say, was unfairly slammed upon its release because critics simply couldn’t groove to its hip swing.
Here, we’re supposed to read lots of messages into the film’s penultimate scene between Myra and Rusty, where she deploys a dildo to “educate you – you and the rest of America!” The film and its purported message are just like the monster between Welch’s legs: A big fat fake.
www.filmcritic.com /misc/emporium.nsf/0/ED7EEEB191AC3EC688256E4D000D40A4?OpenDocument   (750 words)

 paglia archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-14)
One characteristic of Benderson's Myra that I don't think one finds in Paglia is that she slutted around quite a bit, taking as many as five college boys at a time.
Here, again, is evidence to me that Benderson was thinking of Paglia in writing of Myra, with this clearly intended as a joke, playing on Paglia's fascination with whore-power and perhaps alluding to a persona she may have taken on at times for camp.
Myra Breckinridge is moderately interesting to me, only moderately interesting as I seem to have come across so many of its words and ideas before.
www.jobriath.org /paglia/myra.html   (1000 words)

 Magellan's Log: Myra Breckinridge: An American Epiphany Part 1
And we learn that Myra had been maintaining her femininity only by means of a continuing series of hormone shots (hitherto unmentloned in her memoirs which were supposed to tell all—but then she also conceals from us the fact of the sex-change operation until page 235).
And Myra flees with the speed and force of unconscious compulsion (she can't even begin to figure out what's happening) from the violent self still surging within in spite of her self-castration, into a new, re-born Myron who—a final irony—is nothing if not a reproduction of Rusty before the rape.
Myra Breckinridge is the lovely monster standing guard at the entrance and exit to the maze of History.
www.texaschapbookpress.com /magellanslog56/myra01.htm   (2727 words)

 Myra Breckinridge (1970)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-14)
Myron Breckinridge is waiting for his sex-change operation while a stoned surgeon stumbles into the operating room...
In her DVD commentary, star Raquel Welch says that she seldom had any idea of what Myra's motives were from scene to scene or even within any single scene itself, and that each person involved seemed to be making an entirely different film.
In the accompanying "Back Story" documentary, Rex Reed says that MYRA BRECKINRIDGE was a film made by a bunch of people who hid in their dressing rooms while waiting for their lawyers to return their calls.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0066115   (1011 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: Myra Breckinridge; Myron   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-14)
Myra Breckinridge is a symbol of America at this tumultuous time--a time that has not only not ended but is being ignored for the benefit of going backward to the Commie-hunter fifties culture, where it is seemingly safe from critical scrutiny.
Myra was but an amusing story that posed the deep question of what part one's sexuality plays in defining one's ultimate identity.
Myra had hoped she'd evolve into a new, superior species but discovered that a lovely woman's body didn't erase her loneliness.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0141180285   (758 words)

 Myra Breckinridge - Movie Review
However, Myra's second and more ambitious plan is 'The destruction of the last vestigial traces of traditional manhood', so that she may 'realign the sexes' - - - thus saving humanity from the population explosion.
Unfortunately, between Myra's one-note legal feud between Buck, and her seduction of Rusty and Mary Ann - this forms the basis of most of the 'drama' in the film.
Myra Breckinridge is no doubt one of those 'bad' films.
www.movie-gazette.com /cinereviews/660   (716 words)

 the agony booth : MYRA BRECKINRIDGE Recap
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.
Myra Breckinridge is allegedly based on the 1968 novel of the same name by Gore Vidal.
In this publicity still from Myra Breckinridge, we learn that, contrary to that episode of Seinfeld, Raquel Welch does in fact move her arms when she dances.
www.agonybooth.com /myra_breckinridge   (2334 words)

After all, he began writing Myra Breckinridge almost by accident, he finished the book in one month, and he claims that Myra’s startling climactic revelation about her sexual past came to him "from out of the blue" while in the midst of writing the book.
If Myra Breckinridge arrived in bookstores in 1968 at a time of cultural and political upheaval in America, Myron came about in 1974 at a time when this upheaval had been muted by a conservative-led malaise.
Also, the years between Myra Breckinridge and Myron welcomed a surge in the publication of graphic writing, and Vidal’s novel surely was not pornography (or at least not pornographic enough to please true porno-philes!).
www.pitt.edu /~kloman/myraessay.html   (1968 words)

The story: Myron Breckinridge (Reed) is a transsexual attempting to live out his feminine desires as well as seek revenge through the bombshell character he's created, Myra (Raquel Welch).
Somehow, this all works into Myra's plan for world domination before she reveals her, uh, assets to a court of law.
For you masochistic types, 20th Century Fox's DVD of Myra Breckenridge is a treat.
www.unitshifter.com /reviews/myra.html   (366 words)

 Gore Vidal: "The Velvet Knife"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-14)
When Myra Breckinridge was published, Time magazine asked, "Has literary decency fallen so low?" There was a lot of hysteria.
By contrast, one of the young writers who did an early screenplay for the movie version of Myra Breckinridge once reported to me that he showed the script to Raquel Welch, who opined that she, too, was born to play Myra.
RG: When you initially composed Myra Breckinridge you told one interviewer that it was as if the voices inspiring Joan of Arc came to you.
www.axiongrafix.com /Vidal.html   (3442 words)

 Myra Breckinridge (1970)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-14)
Tagline: Everything you heard about Myra Breckinridge is true.
Plot Summary: Myron Breckinridge goes to Europe to have a sex change, and comes back to America as the sexy, man-hating Myra...
To each his own to anyone that enjoyed this, and I was glad I at least saw it, but Myra Breckenridge seems to be the disaster that it was always reputed to be from the beginning.
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 DVD Talk > Reviews > Myra Breckinridge > Printer Friendly
Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed) undergoes a sex-change operation and emerges as Myra (Raquel Welch), a ravishing, man-hating harpy.
As "shocking" movies go, all that really distinguishes Myra Breckinridge is some smutty talk and seamy sex scenes that would be rated with a soft "R" if it weren't for a general air of perversity.
Myra Breckinridge has clearly wants to be shockingly hip, as if audiences couldn't wait to see movies with every kind of sexual taboo flaunted.
www.dvdtalk.com /reviews/print.php?ID=9831   (1780 words)

 Myra Breckinridge, spectacle de la compagnie de théatre Franchement, tu
Myra Breckinridge, spectacle de la compagnie de théatre Franchement, tu
Dans une école à paillettes cheap pour jeunes acteurs, la plantureuse Myra Breckinridge enseigne le maintien et s’investit d’une mission : devenir dictateur du monde entier afin d’anéantir les clivages masculin / féminin, et imposer la libération sexuelle universelle.
Adaptation du roman culte de Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge propose, entre cours d’empathie et viol collectif, la rencontre fantasmée et mélancolique de l’âge d’or Hollywoodien avec le Velvet Underground, les cow-boys de séries B, les transsexuelles revendicatrices, les impresarios nymphomanes et les James Dean en devenir.
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 Film Threat - Features   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-14)
Myra Breckinridge" is considered one of the most notorious films to come out of Hollywood.
For those of you not familiar with it, "Myra Breckinridge" is considered one of the most notorious films to come out of Hollywood.
However, Myra's true mission, or at least what she keeps babbling on about, is the subversion of the sexes.
www.filmthreat.com /Features.asp?Id=1036   (685 words)

 example   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-14)
The Greek edition presents Myra as a cross between a mummy and an armless statue from antiquity.
The Germans simply saw her as a giant breast, although Myra certainly had no maternal instincts.
This final set (below) shows a Polish edition depicting a Myra with a body that's half man and half woman, while the Turkish cover visualizes her duality with a two-headed figure.
www.pitt.edu /~kloman/myracover.html   (297 words)

 Myra Visit New Advent For The Summa Theologica, Church Fathers, Catholic Encyclopedia And More. Paul   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-14)
But his legend begins in Myra (also known as Kale or Demre) east of Patara boat ride in Saint Nick's time, today Myra is a three hour bus journey over.
Myra is one of the most interesting Lycian sites in Turkey where Father Christmas is beleived to live there under the warm Lycian sun as Bishop of Myra.
Another of the six principal cities of the Lycian Federation, later a bishopric with St. Nicholas as the bishop Myra ("Myrrh") was a leading city of the Lycian Union and surpassed Xanthos in early Byzantine times to Constantine made Myra the capitol of Lycia as well as a bishopric.
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