Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties (Deux espionnes avec un petit slip a fleurs, 1980)

US Scream Factory region ALL Blu-ray edition

with an extra DVD with the Spanish version of the film - Opalo de Fuego included with the 3000 first copies

Reversible sleeve

Text below written 2017-10-17


The Strange allure of Jess movies

OK, don't believe the (probably) turned-psychotronic filmwriters as Tim Lucas or Stephen Thrower when they claim that Jesús Franco
really was a master filmmaker in the same legion as an Orson Welles, a Luis Buñuel or a Murnau, that Jess knew how to make movies
of the same quality as these filmmakers but that he "preferred"to make his own subversive "deceiveingly" bad kind of cinema.
No, the loose cannon of Spanish cinema obviously couldn't make great films like the mentioned masters of cinema, as 10 or 15 of Jess
films could be considered "good" but then we have the other 200 or something. As this trashy film or even much, much worse.
You most always feel deeply cheated and unsatisfied after watching a Jess Franco film. "How could i be lured into watching yet another
of these awful films?" - you ask yourself. Why, WHY do i buy and watch another Jess Franco film ?

Everytime the last 30 (thirty) years i've asked myself this question after yet another schlockeroo watching. The answer is that there's
something about them, something that i can't put in words. A strange allure maybe.
I started in the 1980's when collecting uncut VHS tapes of horror films and an uncut Franco trash-fest could cost a lot, 500 skr for an
uncut copy (often a Dutch release) of White Cannibal Queen, Macumba Sexual or some other Franco garbage was quite normal.
Like in a D'Amato movie there are no rules in Jess movies ... except the muff zoom for bush lovers, and some of Jess best films do have a
lot of atmosphere and personal style to them.
Some of my favourite Jess Franco films are: the Awful Dr. Orlof, Justine, The Diabolical Dr. Z, The Bloody Judge, Exorcisme et Masses
Noire, Bloody Moon and Greta, haus ohne männer/Wanda, the Wicked Warden.

A lot of different genres, like Jess mad doctor movies, his swinging 60's spy movies, the arty-farty sex movies often including vampires,
his nunsploitation movies, his witch-hunt films, his porno movies, his WIP ones and the many excruciatingly bad Jungle movies, yuck!
And this 1980 film belongs to his more light-hearted spy sleaze genre and as usual it seems highly probable that Jess just let the camera
roll and improvised the story during the filming in the Canary Islands, when meandering around aimlessly.
This film is quite BAD but still, also a bit entertaining as there's some (unintentional?) comedy with sweet Lina Romay running around
in a martian bikini when chased by a helicopter (the rental of the helicopter with it's pilot probably burned 90 % of Jess budget) and
the stripping from Lina and Lynn Monteil must be the worst, most un-erotic ever done on film, but also quite funny.

The Story .... written on a piece of toilet-paper maybe?
Cécile (Lina Romay) and Brigitte (Lynn Monteil?) are 2 strippers that has been sentenced to 1 year in jail due to their badly performed
striptease, and the french police gives them a chance to avoid jail by being secret stripper agents in Spain. Their mission to spy on a
white slavery ring in the Canary Islands and lots of thick bushes, poor acting, poor script writing and poor sex scenes follow.
Some sort of a sequel to his 1969 Red Lips stripper spies movie maybe.

4:3 screen ratio with an english or french PCM stereo audio dub with english subtitles - i preferred the french audio as it sounded best.
The Spanish version of this film - Opalo de Fuego DVD are included with the 3000 first copies of the US Severin blu-ray .... are there really
3000 sick puppies of Jess Franco fans out there ? Yes, probably.
Extras: Two Cats in the Canaries: Interview with Old Jess - R.I.P. Maestro (10 minutes in french with subs), Donald farmer interview with
Jess Franco composer Daniel White (11 minutes from 1993), Franco expert Stephen Thrower on Two Female Spies (29 minutes, Author of
"Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco), 9 minutes of outtakes and a theatrical trailer

OK, so there's about 30 minutes of material that differs between the Spanish version of this film and the Two Female Spies version ....
so if you're inclined to torture yourself some, please watch also Opalo de Fuego on the DVD, and go mad ...

 

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