Posts Tagged ‘Valley of the Dolls’

Valley of the Dolls, 1967

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

The movie version of Valley of the Dolls was based on Jacqueline Susann’s 1966 novel of ambition, drug addiction and dissipation in the mid-60s entertainment industries of LA and New York. What is it with Hollywood film’s predictable bias that modern decor, or lofts, or any kind of contemporary design will go hand and hand with dissipation, dysfunction and general immorality?

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Interiors from the film Tommy, 1975

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Ann Margret as Nora Walker Hobbs in Ken Russell’s 1975 film “Tommy.” This scene, not to mention the whole film, was absolutely formative for me (and apparently I’m not alone). It opens with a drunk Nora watching TV in her all-white glam boudoir. On the TV screen is an ad for baked beans, “Fit For A Queen.” She throws a champagne bottle through the TV set, and soap suds and baked beans pour out into the white bedroom.

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