Mondo Topless

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Mondo Topless
Mondo Topless.jpg
Poster to Mondo Topless
Directed byRuss Meyer
Produced byEve Meyer
Russ Meyer
Narrated byJohn Furlong
StarringBabette Bardot
Pat Barrington
Darlene Gray
Music byThe Aladdins
CinematographyRuss Meyer
Editing byRuss Meyer
Distributed byEve Productions
Release dates
  • November 17, 1966 (1966-11-17)
Running time60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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For the band, see Mondo Topless (band).
Mondo Topless
Mondo Topless.jpg
Poster to Mondo Topless
Directed byRuss Meyer
Produced byEve Meyer
Russ Meyer
Narrated byJohn Furlong
StarringBabette Bardot
Pat Barrington
Darlene Gray
Music byThe Aladdins
CinematographyRuss Meyer
Editing byRuss Meyer
Distributed byEve Productions
Release dates
  • November 17, 1966 (1966-11-17)
Running time60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Mondo Topless is a 1966 pseudo documentary directed by Russ Meyer, featuring Babette Bardot and Lorna Maitland among others. It was Meyer's first color film following a string of black & white "roughie nudies", including Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. While a straightforward sexploitation film, the film owes some debt to the French new wave and cinéma vérité traditions, and is known to some under the titles: 'Mondo Girls' and 'Mondo Top.'

Its tagline: "Two Much For One Man...Russ Meyer's Busty Buxotic Beauties ... Titilating ... Torrid ... Untopable ... Too Much For One Man!"

The film was banned in Finland.

Plot[edit]

The film presents a snapshot of '60s San Francisco before shifting its focus to strippers. The strippers' lives are earnestly portrayed as they reveal the day-to-day realities of sex work, talk bra sizes, relate their preferences in men, all voiced over while dancing topless to a 60s instrumental rock soundtrack. Throughout a large portion of the film, the narrator talks about the women as if they are a sub-genre of the counter culture movement, somewhat similar to the beatnik or hippie movements that were highly prevalent during the same era. The "Topless" movement as it is called by the narrator could also be perceived as an allegorical subset of the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s.

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In popular culture[edit]

Mondo Topless became the focus of a brief comedy bit on The Opie and Anthony Show on XM Radio in 2006. Since that time, the introduction to their morning radio show plays a clip of narrator John Furlong saying "But enough of this palaver! Let's get the show on the road!".

The Philadelphia, PA based garage-rock group Mondo Topless named themselves after the film.

Documentary traditions[edit]

The title Mondo Topless derives from the series of "mondo" films of the early 1960s. The first and most successful of these was Mondo Cane (A Dog's World). The purpose of these films was to bypass censorship laws by presenting both sexual and graphically violent material in a documentary format.

Mondo Topless shares some stylistic similarities with Jean-Luc Godard's collaborative effort, Le plus vieux métier du monde (The Oldest Trade in the World). Mondo Topless, like most other Meyer films, drew much of its inspiration from the more relaxed European attitudes toward sex, and was followed by a host of imitators.

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