Friday, March 28, 2008

Cavegirl Fancy Dress

I haven't had a chance to update the blog for ages as I have been in Libya, Egypt and Jordan where there were no cavegirls whatsoever (although there were some very attractive women indeed). I am still trying to sort my backlog of work so the blog has had to take a back seat.

So I am just putting up this interim posting of a few more fancy dress cavegirls. My favourite is the one immediately above. Of the others, I don't think fishnet tights, leather corselets or pink underskirts are particularly authentic!

I have also been taken to task about my "adult content" paragraph being anti-American. It wasn't meant to be at all. I like America and Americans a great deal, go there on business three or four times a year and always have a great time. It was just a fact that the people expressing concern about the naked bodies were all Americans. Being very much a European I suspect I have a different attitude to nudity than many Americans and I hadn't even considered the neccesity of putting a warning in until someone suggested it.

I really don't want to upset anyone uneccesarily, however, so I have modified the paragraph.

Rest assured, however, that there will be many more naked and malf naked cavegirls to come.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Mysterious Island

Our next cavegirl film is sort of a cheat for whilst it has Ray Harryhausen creatures it was not a cavegirl film but it sort of has a cavegirl who meets our, admittedly, rather elastic criteria.

Mysterious Island (1961) was directed by Cy Endfield of Zulu fame. Based on the novel by Jules Verne it tells the story of some American Civil War soldiers who escape from prison in a balloon. Blown off course, inevitably, they land on a mysterious island (er..). Where they encounter a number of Harryhausen monsters, some shipwrecked English ladies, some pirates and Captain Nemo, splendidly played by one of my favourite character actors, Herbert Lom.
There are a number of interesting elements to what is a rather good film.

Firstly, the exteriors of the scenes where they escape from the prisoner of war camp where shot in Shepperton Square which is about two miles from where my mother lives (and I used to live). Shepperton studios, where the film was shot, is nearby. If you look at this model of the square used in the film and these modern pictures of the buildings and church you can see it looks rather more English than Southern States American!

Shepperton Church tower was demolished by a Martian war machine in HG Wells' book the War of the Worlds!

The beach in the film with some rather ropey matte work in the background

Sa Conca beach today. The rocks on the left are the ones in the foreground of the top picture.

The scenes on the island were filmed on Sa Conca Beach, near Girona in Catalonia. Like most of that coast the Spaniards have let it get hideously over-developed in the last 45 years.

Another view of Sa Conca today.

The Harryhausen creatures in the film consist of a giant crab, giant bees and a giant prehistoric bird. It turns out that all of these are the results of experiments by Captain Nemo to feed the starving of the world. Although a diet of crab, honey and giant chicken is an odd selection of staple foods.

" Maybe it's not such a good place to build a villa!"

The best of these monsters is the giant bird. the encounter with it is up with the roping of the dinosaur in Valley of Gwangi and the fight with the Allosaurus in One Million Years BC.

The crab model was built inside the shell of a real crab whilst two live crabs were used for close-ups, until Harryhausen had them for dinner.

"Anyone got some brown bread and mayonnaisse?"

So, this is all well and good, you say. An enjoyable way to while away a wet sunday afternoon (not as enjoyable, perhaps as watching Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman wrestling in mud, perhaps, but not bad). But why is it a cavegirl film? Ah ha! You will have to wait for my next post!