Of course, before the age of digital realist camcorders, making an album was way cheaper than making a feature film. At her parties, Mae comes across as very much in charge, and ready to "queer" popular material in the name of her own concerns. Here are a couple of examples:
Great Balls of Fire - Mae takes on Jerry Lee Lewis
Day Tripper - Mae takes on the Beatles
... Both rollickin' reinventions of rock'n'roll attitude!
My last point is more subtle. Mae's taboo-busting approach was premised on her ability to unrestrainedly express female desire. Yet, ironically, when society caught up with her, it started by offering that very desire as a pretext for "sexual liberation" on male terms. In other words, while female desire has often been described as either a "dark continent" (Freud) or undiscussed taboo (Robin Wood), we often forget that it was also produced as a projection of male insecurities. That's not to undercut Mae, just to give her due as a legendary performer. As she once said, "When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better."