Russ Meyer Bio

Want suspense films?  See Hitchcock.  Want to be dazzled by cinematic technique?  Try Eisenstein.  Crave oversized mammaries filmed with the loving eye of an obsessed cinematic Master?  Look no further than Russ Meyer (1922-2004), the iconic American motion picture director lovingly known as “King Leer,” “the Rural Fellini,” and “the Orson Welles of the Sex Film.”  In the mid-1950s, the former WWII combat photographer turned his lustful camera on curvaceous wife, Eve, and together they set the gold standard for “tittyboom” men’s mag photography.  With his first feature film in 1959, the landmark nudie The Immoral Mr. Teas, Meyer opened the floodgates of big screen permissiveness and watched as purveyors of hard core porn and the major studios stumbled through it.  Throughout his two decade plus career this daring filmmaker pressed the censorship envelope with soft core sex classics like Lorna (1964), Faster, Pussycat!  Kill!  Kill! (1966), Vixen (1968), Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), SuperVixens (1975), Up! (1976), and Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens (1979).  In his restless quest to find the top-heavy bra-busting stuff of dreams the tit man extraordinaire introduced the forms divine of Lorna Maitland, Tura Satana, Uschi Digard, Erica Gavin, Cynthia Myers, Raven De La Croix, and Francesca “Kitten” Natividad.  An American original, Russell Albion Meyer lived, loved, and made films his way without compromise or apology.  In the words of the Great Man, “Feast on It.”