The sexploitation genre as we know it wouldn’t exist without Russ Meyer, a filmmaker who kicked off the sexual revolution a decade early. Beginning in the late ’50s, the breast-obsessed Meyer made movies that functioned simultaneously as titillating softcore and surprisingly astute satire of mid-century social conservatism. Although his films showed a lot of skin, most also featured powerful female heroines kicking ass.
Suggested viewing: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Mudhoney