Monday, August 15, 2011

Quando donne le persero la coda (1972)

The second of Senta Berger's cavegirl films (after Quando le donne avevano la coda (1977) ), Quando le donne persero la coda (When women lost their tails (1972) - a direct sequel) has Filli  (Berger) happily living in a cave inside a dinosaur skeleton (the usual faint grasp of prehistoric history is evident) with the "comedy" cave brothers from the first film.

It's life Jim, but not as we know it.

The brothers, incidentally, now look nothing like they did in the first film where they could easily have fitted in with the cast of one of the Hammer epics but are wearing pastiche "prehistoric" costume that almost looks like fancy dress.

Their dull existence is disturbed by the arrival of a sophisticated caveman (Lando Buzzanca) who cons them out of a pig, introduces them to currency and economics and then targets, understandably, Filli.  Interestingly women and pigs have been proven to have been prime raiding targets for cavemen (see here).

Unlike the original film, which was filmed on location, this production was entirely studio bound.

The cave set looks like something from the original Star Trek and the whole thing is more like a live action Flintsones rather than One Million Years BC.

The film, which is "comedy" at its broadest was co-written, somewhat surprisingly, by future art house doyenne Lina Wertmuller.

Nevertheless, Senta Berga looks sensational again and in the next post we will look at her cavegirl costumes from both films.

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