11 November 2013

Project Terrible: "THE GIRL WHO RETURNED"

Michele (The Girl Who Loves Horror) gave me a completely obscure, but somewhat watchable... um, sports-comedy, I guess?

THE GIRL WHO RETURNED

USA, 1969
Director: Lloyd Kaufman

4/10








Undoubtedly one of the most obscure, yet most interesting PT-movies I've got so far: "The Girl Who Returned", the directorial debut of Troma-boss Lloyd Kaufman - and no! It's not a trashy horror flick, it's actually a really weird avantgarde-comedy, made during Kaufman's sophomore year at Yale university on a budget of about $2,000,-!!


The film isn't exactly good, but its basic premise is genius: a world that consists of only 2 countries, Luxembourg, inhabited only by women, and Mongolia, inhabitated only by men. Every 4 years, they hold an Olympics competition to contest for the ascendancy of the world. It's a bit like with "The Purge": great concept, poor execution.

The whole thing is quite dull and boring, and there's not enough humor in it, though they are a few funny scenes where the narrator mentions silly stuff about the "Bureau of Missing Misses", or the whole talk of the 'No Woman's Land', the uninhabitated area between Mongolia and Luxembourg - but since there's no dialogue and only narration, and since the acting isn't really good, there's actually not much to enjoy.


Cinematography and editing are solid, and there's also some nice and effective music, but that doesn't help in getting you entertained, since most of the footage is pointless and redundant, and you could trim the 66-minutes movie down to 20-25 minutes.

I recommend "The Girl Who Returned" to everyone who's interested in checking out early works of famous directors, and to Hardcore Troma fans. Everyone else can happily ignore it.

14 comments:

  1. Have you tried out Big Gus, What's the Fuss?

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  2. Troma fans you say?
    Well, I know when it's time to take my cue to leave...

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    1. Everyone's a Troma fan. Even you, Kai. Admit! ;)

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    2. only in selected titles. With the most recent one being Killer Yacht Party. Had you seen that?

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  3. A 66-minute student film? I'm surprised. Most student film are shorts, and as you mentioned, this would have been better as a short too. Thanks for the info, especially that he went to Yale. I'll never look at Yale the same...

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    1. Haha, with Kaufman at Yale, it seems as if it's a fun place to go ;)

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  4. This one sounds very interesting. I'll check it out. Thanks for the heads up.

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  5. I just thought this one would be interesting because it was Kaufman's first film. Interesting topic for a first movie, but no dialogue? Ugh, I don't think I could stand that.

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    1. Well, it was really interesting, and obviously far from being terrible ;)

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  6. Well done for tracking it down! I read Kaufman's book - he's a really funny guy!

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    1. He's awesome, especially because he called me a fine and wise writer ;-) :D

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