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Directed by Russ Meyer

United States 1965 83 mins. In English

1965 cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is a perfect example of both the power of cinematic re-evaluation and the death of the author. Sure, Russ Meyer might’ve been looking to make a profitable sexploitation film when he accidentally shot this kick-ass feminist romp, but who cares? A formidable troupe of go go dancers led by Varla (Tura Satana), play chicken with totally unprepared local school kids and run wild through the Californian desert, leaving broken hearts, wrecks, and corpses in their wake. The film’s critical re-evaluation is often credited as having begun with critic B Ruby Rich’s change of mind in the Village Voice; since then, a broader diversity of readings have flourished.