Mondo Topless

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Mondo Topless

Mondo Topless
Type: Film
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Alternate title(s): Mondo Girls, Mondo Top
La Fête du nu (Belgium)
Country: USA
Release date(s): November 17, 1966
Running time: 61 minutes
Language: English
Budget: $12,000
Company: Eve Productions
Directed by: Russ Meyer
Starring: Babette Bardot
Sin Lenee
Diane Young
Donna Scott
Pat Barringer
Darla Paris
Darlene Grey
Lorna Maitland
Veronique Gabriel
Greta Thorwald
Denise Duval
Gigi La Touche
Heidi Richter
Yvette Le Grand
Produced by: Russ Meyer
Written by: Russ Meyer
Music by: The Aladdins (uncredited)
Cinematography: Russ Meyer
Editing by: Russ Meyer
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Mondo Topless is a 1966 pseudo documentary directed by Russ Meyer,[1] 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.


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 faux "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 subsect of the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s.


In popular culture

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 Meyer 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

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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  1. Infobox data from Frasier, David K. (1998). Russ Meyer : The Life and Films : A Biography and A Comprehensive, Illustrated, and Annotated Filmography and Bibliography. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co, p. 206. ISBN 0-7864-0472-8. 
  2. Krafsur, Richard P. (1976). "Mondo Topless", The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures; Feature Films 1961-70. New York & London: R.R. Bowker Company. ISBN 0-8352-0440-5.