Hollywood creates many legends, some for the right reasons, others over time become infamous for the wrong reasons. Jayne Mansfield was the latter, she was a star but what was the truth behind her life and her even more notorious death? Was it fame fortune, sex, drugs or Satanic forces?
Next month, the team behind the intriguing Room 237 (P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes)documentary bring us Mansfield 66/67. Attempting to lay rest to the myth which is based on a true story based on rumour and hearsay. Peccadillo Pictures has sent us the film’s UK Trailer, check it out…
Jayne Mansfield was the blonde bombshell to rival Monroe and who constantly courted publicity. From ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ to her final cameo role in Gene Kelly’s ‘A Guide to the Married Men’ she was adored by the public. However, her personal life impacted on her career as she sought solace in drink, drugs and Anton LaVey, the charismatic leader of the Church of Satan. Her fatal car crash in 1967 led to many conspiracy theories. Made to coincide with the 50th anniversary of her death, MANSFIELD 66/67 is a Hollywood Babylon examination of the last two years of her life.
Directed by P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes (Hit So Hard; Room 237), the film features interviews with John Waters, Kenneth Anger, Cheryl Dunne, UK pop star Marilyn, actresses Tippi Hedren and Mamie Van Doren, drag queen Peaches Christ, alongside notable academics. Combining archive film footage and new drag routines specially created for the film, MANSFIELD 66/67 is a gloriously entertaining exploration of the lasting impact of myth, the rise of the Feminist movement of the 1960s and a celebration of ‘the first reality TV star’.
We have recently watched this fascinating Documentary and we’ll share our thoughts on that review shortly.
Mansfield 66/67 will be released in UK and Irish cinemas from 11th May. If you are unable to catch the film at your local cinema, you can buy the film on DVD or VOD from 25th June.