A Clean Breast : The Life and Loves of Russ Meyer (3 Volume Set)

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The autobiography of the iconic independent Film Director and Producer Russ Meyer. The 3 Volume set includes over 2400 duotone photos taken from Russ Meyer's private collection. All were done under the direct supervision of the legendary film auteur, who is also known for his unique style of photography. Russ Meyer directed the 1960's film classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls as well as Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! originally released theatrically in 1966. Russ Meyer was a combat cameraman in World War II with the 166th Signal Corp. and eventually Russ transitioned to photography of Buxom Women for Playboy Magazine Centerfolds in the 1950s and after.

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Born on March 21, 1922, in San Leandro, California, Russ Meyer has secured his place in cinema history as the pioneer of the sexploitation films. At 18 Russ answered an advertisement inviting young men to train in Hollywood motion picture studios as combat photographers for the U.S. Army Signal Corps. At MGM studios he learned the skills of motion picture photography. Russ distinguished himself by shooting some of the most risky and dangerous combat films and newsreels to come out of World War II. His keen vision for artistry also made him a very capable photographer, enabling him to take some of the earliest and best shots of Playboy centerfolds. Working with Hugh Hefner aroused a new interest in Russ, The Female Nude. This led to his first film The Immoral Mr. Teas. The film made Russ a healthy profit and led to a string of self-financed films that gradually became more permissive on the screen and opened the doors to a creative new art form for nudity. Russ Meyer peaked in 1968-69 with one of the top box office hits that year, Vixen. Russ functioned simultaneously as producer, scriptwriter, director, editor, and cameraman. His energetic character and endless drive to make films, along with his success in budgeting his films, caught the eye of 20th Century Fox president Richard D. Zanuck. This led to a contract for Russ to direct Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) written by Roger Ebert. Following this experience Russ went back to his own independent film making and produced more box office hits, SuperVixens and Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens.

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