Watched Valley of the Dolls
for the first time yesterday afternoon and I have to say that this is a movie best appreciated with a certain dose of background to all the antics and back-stories being dished out in the screen.
Now that I have seen all the extras (a bit of a marathon in itself as they are so many!) I am certain that the next time I watch the whole sordid, campy, trashy and over-the-top affair again, I will enjoy it much, much more.
And if you permit me to be a little wicked, I disagree with the interviewees that said that Sharon Tate's performance was the most seamless of them all... As much as I like the lady in question (I personally thought she was ace in Eye of the Devil
), in this movie in particular she was so wooden and monotone in her performance to the point of self-parody. When she utters those immortal words at the telephone "Yes, mother -- I know I have no talent and I know all I have is a body", I gasped in disbelief because in that moment I took her literally...
Anyway, she's dead now so there's really no need to expand on this.
Fantastic film, glamour galore (those montages!), excessive acting, lovely soundtrack, great DVD set. And just where are those other Jacqueline Susann's films -- The Love Machine
and Once is not enough
? Now, I'm really curious to see them!