Friday, 16 December 2011

Friday Night Film: Girl Slaves Of Morgana Le Fay

I know what you're thinking: 'Girl Slaves Of Morgana Le Fay'? That's got to be the greatest film ever made, right? Wrong. It's almost unbearably boring - but it looks incredible, feels incredible, sounds incredible and has a great concept - it just unfolds at a moonwalking snail's pace. It also features a cast of scantily clad European lovelies doing vaguely erotic stuff like interpretive dance. Oh, and lots and lots of lesbianism. & some bondage. Thinking about it rationally, it almost seems impossible to make all this a soporific experience, but director Bruno Gantillon does just that although, to be fair to him, it was one of his early films and he was very much in the thrall of Jean Rollin, the master of erotic tedium.

Nymph or Hag? The choice is yours.

There's an awful lot of this sort of thing, to be honest.

The plot is fairly simple: two part time lesbians are driving across France when they stop for a bunk up in an abandoned barn. In the morning, one of the girls is gone. The other girl, desperate to find her friend, follows a creepy dwarf (the character is creepy, not the condition - I'm not Ricky Gervais) and is then magically transported across a lake to a fairy tale castle with a staff of attractive colour co-ordinated good looking young women.
Magic Boat.

The Welcoming Committee.

The owner is the castle is the legendary Morgana Le Fay (half sister / lover of King Arthur and ex pupil of Merlin). Merlin has taught her the secret of immortal life and eternal youth and now she offers the same to our young heroines - in exchange for them becoming part of her sapphic seraglio. If they refuse, they can be locked in a dungeon and become old and hag like, just like dozens of others who she keeps as prisoners. It seems a fairly easy choice to me, but the girls aren't going to take this ultimatum laying down...   

Morgana does her thang.

Gurth the Dwarf.

Disco Dollies.

'Girl Slaves' is dreamlike in many ways:hypnotically surreal (or, at least, hypnotically unreal) and, because of the lack of urgency, something that may be experienced whilst asleep. It is not the business of Friday Night Film to present perfect cinema, however: we focus instead on the fascinating, unique and, most of all, the misfiring and the flawed and, if nothing else, 'Girl Slaves Of Morgana Le Fay' is certainly that.

 Oh, the music, which is particularly intriguing and beautiful throughout, is by the prodigiously gifted but ill-fated French composer, Francois de Roubaix, here using the pseudonym Cisco El Rubio. I wonder why?


  1. Is that Klaus Schulze as a dwarf?


    In thrall to Jean Rollin as I am, it looks like a perfect night's entertainment. Perhaps a month's, if I draw the curtains and just project it on the wall on a constant loop.


    Good news, it's on a readily available DVD!