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Herrscherin der Wüste

UK 1965
produced by
Michael Carreras for Hammer
directed by Robert Day
starring Peter Cushing, Ursula Andress, John Richardson, Christopher Lee, Bernard Cribbins, Rosenda Monteros, André Morell
screenplay by David T.Cahntler, based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard, music by James Bernard


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Palesteena 1918: As he seems to be the reincarnation of her long lost lover, 2000 year old - but looking much younger - queen Ayesha (Ursula Andress) lures Leo Vincey (John Richardson), along with his former major Holly (Peter Cushing) & that man's manservant Job (Bernard Cribbins) thgough the desert with its many perils to her fantastic city of Kuma. But while he has long fallen for Ayesha ("She, who must be obeyed"), there are many who oppose their relationship: Ustane (Rosenda Monteros), one of Ayesha's servants, who has fallen in love with Vincey herself, her father Haumeid (Andre Morell) who was once degraded by Ayesha to be the kkeper of slaves - the lowest rank in Ayesha's kingdom -, Haumeid's slöaves, who see in Vincey a symbol for their oppression & initially try to sacrifice him, Bilali (Christopher Lee), Ayesha's highpriest, who wants to rule on Ayesha's side himself, & of course major Holly & Job, who see the danger that Vincey is apparently unaware of. But even when Ayesha has Ustane brutally burnt before Vincey's very eyes, that doesn't stop him loving her, & she soon promises him access to the flame of Eternal Youth, so he can forever be on her side. But while Ayesha & Vincey prepare to enter the flame, a slave revolt, led by Haumeid, infuriated by the murder of his daughter, breaks loose and Bilali enters the chamber that holds the Flame to challenge Vincey to a duel for the place on Ayesha's side. He even beats (but doesn't kill) Vincey & is only prevented from entering the flame when stabbed down by Ayesha. Together, the 2 lovers now enter the flame, but the flame has apparently a reverse-effect on everyone who enters it twice, & Ayesha disintegrates before (now immortal) Vincey's very eyes. Major Holly & Job, who enter just then, can do nothing more than to comfort their comrade. God only knows wht became of the slaves' revolt.


In the mid 60's, Hammer studios was still turning out some of the best Gothics of the business. Their attempts to turn out other stuff as well, didn't prove to be equally successful, though, as this fantasy adventure ably proves: The script is way to talkative, slow-moving, with subplots dropped along the way, & the action-scenes are few & far between - the finale even starts with a slaves' revolt only to drop same idea inexplicably just a minute later. The movie also isn't helped by pretty but completely wooden Ursula Andress as the central character.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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