Running time: 70 mins
Director: Russ Meyer
Starring: Erica Gavin, Garth Pillsbury,
Where Mondo Topless painted itself as a documentary on the “art of the topless” Vixen! is a more accomplished piece of cinema with a narrative and surprisingly several messages it needs to get across. Russ Meyer’s fascination with boobs and titillation is one of universal knowledge and understanding but Vixen! deals with several bigger picture arches. The cinematography of Vixen! is actually remarkably well put together and more surprisingly still incredibly relevant to modern day film making. Several of the sequences in conversation are intercut with exerts of nudity as Erica Gavin (Vixen) or Vincene Wallace (Janet) roll around in nature all the while continuing on conversations that temporally and spatially don’t belong there. Steven Soderbergh would showcase how he, along with Nicolas Roeg, is a natural born master of this manipulation of logic with The Limey but it’s an incredibly surprisingly and sophisticated device and one that you would not expect from the King of Jubblies.