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Die sieben Männer der Sumuru

The Girl from Rio
La Ciudad sin Hombres / Future Women / Mothers of America / Rio 70

West Germany/Spain/USA 1969
produced by
Harry Alan Towers (executive), Tibor Reves (executive) for Terra-Filmkunst, Ada Films, Udastex Films
directed by Jess Franco
starring Shirley Eaton, Richard Wyler, George Sanders, Maria Rohm, Herbert Fleischmann, Marta Reves, Elisa Montés, Walter Rilla, Beni Cardoso, Valentina Godoy, Geraldo José Torres Camargo, Maria de Lourdes, Yuma Duarte, Cornélio dos Santos Farias, Alberto Land, Paulo Leitao, Elídio Nunes, Brunildes Fernandes Queiroz, Edson Freitas Silva
written by Harry Alan Towers (as Peter Welbeck), Franz Eichhorn, Bruno Leder, based on characters created by Sax Rohmer, music by Daniel J. White


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Deep in the jungles of Brazil, Sumuru (Shirley Eaton) has built her feminist utopia Femina and kidnapped some of the most powerful men and biggest criminals for ransom, to get her hands on their loot, whatever else. And now she has kidnapped Rena (Marta Reves), daughter of an immensely rich banker (Walter Rilla), to receive a record sum of ransom of course - but the banker instead hires private detective Jeff Sutton (Richard Wyler) to bring her back, and he figures to find Sumuru's HQ in the jungle, it's best to stage a heist in Spain, then relocate to Rio with the money (he has actually returned immediately), as that would attract Sumuru's attention. And he's right, even if he doesn't notice it at first: On his first day in Rio, Sutton falls for his manicurist Leslie (Maria Rohm), who's of course one of Sumuru's spies, and who soon enough sees to it that he boards a plane to Femina - even if she's kidnapped by the gang of Masius (George Sanders) in the process, a crime kingpin who of course wants to get his hands on Sutton's loot as well ...

In Femina, Sumuru first tries to win Sutton over for her cause, even by using her female charms, but Sutton is too macho to even fathom living under female rule, so she has him incarcerated. But then, she makes one of her lovers jealous, and out of jealousy, the lover enables Sutton and Rena's escape - right into the hands of Masius and company. Once Masius is convinced though that Sutton's loot is non-existent and the two start talking, they realize they're on the same side, they just have to attack Femina - even if for different reasons, Sutton because he's the good guy of the piece, Masius because he wants to get his hands on Sumuru's gold. But Masius of course has the necessary army to really defeat her. Ultimately, their attack is pushed into action when Sumuru manages to kidnap Rena and Masius's girlfriend (Elisa Montés), and somehow even Sutton is recaptured - but then, Masius's army attacks ... well, it all ends happily, but Masius, being a bit of a bad guy, has to die of course.


Having shifted its tone to the more erotic sides of the proceedings and having been made on a tighter budget, The Girl from Rio is actually an improvement over its predecessor The Million Eyes of Sumuru - while the earlier movie was a rather unfunny Eurospy comedy, this one concentrates more on the comicbook and camp elements of its material and sleazes things up quite a bit (for its time) with quite a bit of topless nudity and wonderful costumes that seem to be made for the sole purpose of a wardrobe malfunction. And Jess Franco proves himself once more to be a very stylish director who is able to create a whole futuristic city out of a few architectural anomalities, makes the trivial interesting by eccentric camerawork, and has a good eye for using the right colour charts. Add to this his love for pulps combined with his tongue-in-cheek approach, and you've got ... well, actually not even one of his better films, but a rather unusual and very sexy piece of Eurospy cinema.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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