Extravagantly tasteless, surprisingly inept filming of Gore Vidal's briefly notorious novel about a man (Rex Reed) who has himself surgically transformed into the woman of the title (Raquel Welch). A bizarre mixture of Hollywood camp and mod aesthetics, MYRA BRECKENRIDGE is chiefly of
historical interest: like the much superior BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (released in the same week), it's a reminder of the lengths to which clueless studio executives were prepared to go in the attempt to capture an increasingly youthful audience. Mae West, who returned to the screen after a
26-year absence, provides a few sparks; Farrah Fawcett debuts as a young woman who catches...