Listing for Thursday's Cine Salon:
GIRL SLAVES OF MORGANA LE FAY
(1971, Dir. Bruno Gantillon)
Amazon.co.uk customer review:
Two women tourists are kidnapped and wake up in a scenic castle (filmed on location) inhabited by opium smoking lesbian vamps (& obligatory dwarf). If the women sell their souls to Morgana they can live a life of beauty & pleasure, if not they must join the old crones in the dungeon. If you are looking for erotic horror you will be disappointed by this; despite the Gothic psychedelia trappings, it's a rather downbeat cold-looking film and (if you care!) the would-be sex scenes were badly cut by the censor. However, it's well made in the slow dreamy surreal manner associated with Jean Rollin (actually it's a lot more accomplished than the average Rollin film). And there are some good scenes & images and interesting themes to do with beauty & age. It's also possible the whole thing is some kind of Cocteau-like allegory for the opium life. If you can find the menu on this Pagan DVD edition, you'll find as an extra a very informative essay from Pete Tombs giving a lot of context to the production & its director, which greatly helps in appreciating this rather obscure (in every sense) movie.
Overall ‘Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay’ simply by virtue of its passionate filmmaking and restrained sexual exactitude, displays all the makings of a true diamond, trapped in the steep cliffs of a long forgotten and highly ill reputed genre of world cinema.