Fans of 1960s’ sexploitation cinema will get a big kick out of ‘The Feline Feeling’, a 3½-minute video released yesterday by the retro label The Loved One.
It’s partly a showcase for the indie boutique’s vintagesque lingerie collection, and partly a cleverly constructed tribute to the campy ouevre of the late director Russ Meyer, who blessed the world with inimitable genre films like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970).
‘The Feline Feeling’ stars TLO owners Hannah Metz (above) and Elvia Lahman in a loosely scripted affair about a small-town girl who goes looking for stardom and gets into a mess of trouble instead. The black-and-white film calls itself “a kind of lingerie love story,” but don’t spend too much time looking for a plot or you’ll miss all the fun.
It’s got everything you’d want from a 60s-era sexploitation epic: a sleazy go-go soundtrack, a cheesy narrator, bad puns, buxom vixens in kitten masks, out-of-sync audio and, most importantly, an unexplained catfight involving lingerie models in the dressing room of a strip club. Oh, and it wouldn’t be a Meyer tribute without a bunch of corny graphic effects and a few totally gratuitous close-ups of bosoms.
The Loved One has a strong following among fashionistas with a taste for B-movie culture, but anyone else seeing ‘The Feline Feeling’ might be left scratching their heads. Which is too bad, since it shows both a genuine appreciation of trashy cult movies and the boundless sense of fun that defines this brand.
(It also raises a question that has been on the minds of many cinephiles recently: If they can reboot Robocop, can a remake of Mondo Topless be far behind?)
The Loved One started out in 2009 as a crowdfunded lingerie label but since then it’s morphed into a popular vintage boutique in Pasadena that stocks a curated blend of original and other brands’ womenswear and accessories.
The Loved One‘s lingerie pieces, many of which are named for long-forgotten softcore classics from the 1960s, offer a uniquely modern take on vintage underwear styles and are available through its website.
You can watch ‘The Feline Feline’ below, or on Vimeo where you can enjoy a full-screen experience.