Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Un Jour Comme un Autre: Girl Slaves of Morgana le Fay (1971)

Trippin’ fantastically through the south-central French countryside, two groovy girls, Anna and Francoise, wind up lost and a little freaked out because of it. After the two spend the night in an abandoned barn, and do a lot more than sleep, Francoise wakes to find her friend missing. Dazed and confused, Francoise encounters a striking-looking dwarf named Gurth, who leads her deep into the forest and into the supernatural realm of the legendary Morgana le Fay. Morgana, who rules over her acid-drenched kingdom of nubile female subordinates by allowing them to indulge in the pleasures of the flesh for eternity in exchange for their immortal souls (a devil’s bargain if there ever was one), fixates on the beautiful Francoise and subsequently offers her the deal of a lifetime. Though it begins like your average gothic horror film—complete with the girls entering a rural tavern for some drinks only to be warned to leave immediately by the barkeep—Morgana le Fay is in fact more like an opium-laced fairytale as influenced by Jean Cocteau as much as it is by Jean Rollin. There’s plenty of Sapphic loveliness to behold here, which should more than entice fans of Euro-sleaze, but there’s also an artfulness to the proceedings that should satiate even the mildly curious. Groovy indeed.

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