Tuesday, 11 March 2008


Listing for Thursday's Cine Salon:

A weekly display of hidden or neglected facets of the magic lantern. The finest wines and cheeses shall be served.
Don't miss!

3 Springfield, Dundee.
Thursday 13th March, 9pm


(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.
(Johnny Guitar)

Severed-cinema.com review:
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.

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