FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!
Russ Meyer, USA, 1965, DCP, 83’
Three go-go dancers, as sexy as they are furious, rush behind the wheels of their sports cars. Avid for thrills and turning fugitives after a killing, they embark on a mad run in the Californian desert! With its frenetic style of quick-cutting, exuberant action, comic-book imagery, and bizarre dialogues, the film, once frowned upon by feminists, is today praised by them as a cult classic; after all, how many ’60s films have you seen where women embody the macho stereotypes of smoking, drinking, fast driving and kick-ass fighting, while they outsmart and overpower the men?
“Russ Meyer is the Eisenstein of sex films. He is single-handedly responsible for more hard-ons in movie audiences than any other director, despite the fact that he has refused to ever make a hard-on feature. Married couples have flocked to his films for twenty years because they know Russ delivers and feel that the erotic images he is so famous for give them fodder for fantasies and actually add a little zing to their dull sex lives. /…/ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is, beyond a doubt, the best movie ever made. It is possibly better than any film that will be made in the future.”
– John Waters, Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste