Sunday, November 11, 2007

No. 40 - Sextette

Mae West was the Queen of Camp, and she went out with a bang in 1978's Sextette. Based upon West's original script, Sextette stars West as an aging sex siren loosely based on herself. She still enjoys the attention of numerous male admirers (including a pre-Bond Timothy Dalton). She still delivers sexually tinged zingers -- "It's not the men in my life, it's the life in my men."

My, what a cast. Dom DeLuise brings his own campy energy to the proceedings, as he sings The Beatles' Honey Pie. West and Dalton duet on the Captain and Tennille's Love Will Keep Us Together. 70's rock superstars Alice Cooper, Ringo Starr and Keith Moon pop up, along with such noteworthy names as George Hamilton, George Raft, Regis Philbin and gossip maven Rona Barrett. Tony Curtis, who has made several unwitting appearances in Damon Packard's films, is another Hollywood legend who shows up in Sextette.

Barely released in 1978, Sextette proved to be a difficult film to market. It survives today as a great camp artifact of the 70's.

For further Mae West campiness, rent 1970's Myra Breckenridge, which co-stars Raquel Welch, a camp icon in her own right.

1 comment:

TXC said...

Great job, Bob. But why don't you parcel these out one per day, so as to generate a sense of rhythm and anticipation amongst the readership?