The Essential Movie Library #66: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) - The Culture Files Blog - Los Angeles magazine
 
 

The Essential Movie Library #66: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Russ Meyer's cult film portrays the über-Amazonian Asian-Cherokee Tura Satana as the leader of a trio of murderous young women in fast sportscars wreaking havoc in the desert

Cult movies existed before this, but cult consciousness was born here—one of those assaults that only such marginal murmurs can make on whatever distinctions between low and high art anyone still takes seriously. Of course this also is where all kinds of social incorrectness reach critical mass; we can protest, but why the hell bother? Directed by former Playboy-centerfold photographer Russ Meyer, auteur of other enlightenments like Up! and Beneath the Valley of the Super Vixens, this movie means no good, taking its place on the far side of any possible redemption and implanting itself in the memory as something that, on further inspection, in fact it isn’t (condemned with an X rating, actually there’s not a moment of nudity or even, by current standards, any explicit depiction of sex). 

What there is—as the leader of a trio of murderous young women in fast sportscars (as if the movies ever show us slow ones) wreaking havoc in the desert—is the über-Amazonian (a redundancy applied to anyone else) Asian-Cherokee Tura Satana, a force of the most unnatural nature and straight from the fevered dreams that you like to convince yourself are nightmares only because you think they should be. If anything is more astonishing than Satana in this movie it’s her real-life bio as gangbanger, stripper, Elvis Presley’s lover, and martial arts vigilante avenging her own rape. It all sounds preposterous and may be, but who wants to know otherwise? 

Read them all:

The Essential Movie Library #65: Caché
The Essential Movie Library #64: A Hard Day's Night
The Essential Movie Library #63: The Searchers
The Essential Movie Library #62: The Conformist
The Essential Movie Library #61: Bonnie & Clyde
The Essential Movie Library #60: Sweet Smell of Success
The Essential Movie Library #59: Melancholia
The Essential Movie Library #58: La Dolce Vita
The Essential Movie Library #57: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
The Essential Movie Library #56: Contempt
The Essential Movie Library #55: Sunset Boulevard
The Essential Movie Library #54: Metropolis
The Essential Movie Library #53: In A Lonely Place
The Essential Movie Library #52: Talk to Her
The Essential Movie LIbrary #51: To Be or Not To Be
The Essential Movie Library #50: The Battle of Algiers
The Essential Movie Library #49: Notorious
The Essential Movie Library #48: Wings of Desire
The Essential Movie Library #47: L'Avventura
The Essential Movie Library #46: Malcolm X
The Essential Movie Library #45: In the Mood for Love
The Essential Movie Library #44: Touch of Evil
The Essential Movie Library #43: Once Upon A Time in the West
The Essential Movie Library #42: Belle de Jour
The Essential Movie Library #41: Apocalypse Now
The Essential Movie Library #40: Out of the Past
The Essential Movie Library #39: Branded to Kill
The Essential Movie Library #38: The General
The Essential Movie Library #37: Lord of the Rings
The Essential Movie Library #36: Aguirre, the Wrath of God
The Essential Movie Library #35: Raging Bull
The Essential Movie Library #34: The Rules of the Game
The Essential Movie Library #33: Chinatown 
The Essential Movie Library #32: Stalker
The Essential Movie Library #31: Weekend
The Essential Movie Library #30: Some Like It Hot 
The Essential Movie Library #29: Red River
The Essential Movie Library #28: The Passenger
The Essential Movie Library #27: Singin' in the Rain
The Essential Movie Library #26: Heat
The Essential Movie Library #25: L'Atalante
The Essential Movie Library #24: Sunrise
The Essential Movie Library #23: His Girl Friday
The Essential Movie Library #22: Black Narcissus
The Essential Movie Library #21: Blade Runner
The Essential Movie Library #20: Persona
The Essential Movie Library #19: The Shop Around the Corner
The Essential Movie Library #18: Lost Highway
The Essential Movie Library #17: Tokyo Story
The Essential Movie Library #16: 8 1/2
The Essential Movie Library #15: City Lights
The Essential Movie Library #14: Seven Samurai
The Essential Movie Library #13: Lawrence of Arabia
The Essential Movie Library #12: Citizen Kane
The Essential Movie Library #11: Jules and Jim
The Essential Movie Library #10: My Darling Clementine 
The Essential Movie Library #9: Double Indemnity 
The Essential Movie Library #8: That Obscure Object of Desire 
The Essential Movie Library #7: 2001: A Space Odyssey 
The Essential Movie Library #6: Casablanca
The Essential Movie Library #5: The Lady Eve
The Essential Movie Library #4: The Third Man 
The Essential Movie Library #3: The Passion of Joan of Arc 
The Essential Movie Library #2: Vertigo 
The Essential Movie Library #1: The Godfather Trilogy

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