VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
1967, 20th Century Fox, 123 min, USA, Dir: Mark Robson

“You know it's bad to take liquor with those pills,” warns small-town girl turned supermodel Anne (Barbara Parkins) to Broadway diva/train wreck Neely (Patty Duke). Neely's answer: “They work faster.” Based on Jacqueline Susann's runaway best-seller - which practically created a cottage industry in glossy, sex-drenched soap operas on page and screen - director Mark Robson’s bitchy, booze-angst-sex-drugs-fueled cult classic cautions against the perils of show business. The tragically beautiful Sharon Tate was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer in her role as B-movie queen Jennifer.


EARTHQUAKE
1974, Universal, 123 min, USA, Dir: Mark Robson

Director Mark Robson (VALLEY OF THE DOLLS) spins a spectacularly entertaining guilty-pleasure yarn of Los Angeles denizens trapped by a high-magnitude earthquake, with Charlton Heston as a construction engineer trying to deal with his boozy, jealous wife, Ava Gardner, whose father (Lorne Greene of TV’s "Bonanza") just happens to be his boss, while walking a tightrope with his mistress, widow Geneviève Bujold. Then the earthquake hits! With Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan and, in a surprising cameo, Walter Matthau.


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