Gay Essential Films To Watch, Myra Breckinridge

In Myra Breckinridge after inheriting her now-deceased husband’s allotment of an acting academy, Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed) is fully committed to getting a sex-change operation and wants to devote her life to reconstructing the genders in Hollywood. After booking an appointment with a well-known surgeon (John Carradine), the homosexual film critic flies to Europe and is in complete awe when an unmistakably drugged doctor enters the operating room. After the surgery, Myron becomes the charming, exquisite Myra (Raquel Welch), an aspiring star who moves to West Hollywood. The woman attends the academy of her uncle, Buck Loner (John Huston), a former western movie star, and begins her journey to fame and abundance.

Myra lies to her uncle and asks him for money, claiming that she is Myron’s widow and was left without any money as her deceased husband had no insurance. Suspicious at first, Buck assigns his lawyers to look into the situation and offers her a job within his acting academy. Myra gladly accepts the opportunity and manages several acting classes in which she teaches sympathy and posture. The woman’s career takes a promising turn when Leticia Van Allen (Mae West), a driven talent scout, comes to the acting school and befriends Myra.

Myra Breckinridge


“Turns every assumption about gender and sexuality on its head.”
   Slant Magazine

“While not even remotely close to being a candidate for one of the worst movies of all time, this is still pretty much only for those with a tolerance for experimental films or a very strong interest in the history of queer cinema.”
   Queering The Closest

Myra Breckinridge is a staggeringly poor film to come from a major studio, but it isn’t quite the complete disaster such career implosions would suggest.”
   20/20 Movie Reviews

Did You Know?

Gore Vidal, the author of the original book Myra Breckinridge, declared Sarne’s movie adaptation to be “one of the worst films ever made” and other major cinema critics followed. Michael Sarne claimed that after this project he was unable to find work for any major motion pictures for a long period of time, only managing to direct a few commercial gigs. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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