The Girls (1968)

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Three actresses prepare to go on the road in a theater production of Lysistrata, Aristophanes' classic comic play about women and war. As they re-assess and deal with the problems in their ... See full summary »


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29 January 2021 | XxEthanHuntxX
| "Vad nu då? Ett nytt uppror bland kvinnfolken!",
Theres alot of things in this movie I hate, thats because the world has already become what this film wanted to achieve. And thats why it feels so gratis and tedious, because these feministic Initiatives that "Flickorna" are suggesting have already been, more or less, accepted by social standards today.

Figures appear and are gone - interrupted, overheard or obscured by something else. Because here are thousand of things squashed about space. Put togheter with alot of creativity, anger and passion. Three female actors tour with "Lysistrate", and in a forest there is a living room, in a cinema you throw eggs at Stalin, in a bar the shirts come off, on a street the BridalBrigade forms - and then napalm and serpentines on it. Despite all this commotion Mai Zetterling actually manages to stay steadfast on the directorial cotroll.

Men rule and the world burns, and it is 1968. Men ruled and the world burned 411 BC as well, when Aristophanes wrote his play. To end the 20-year war between Athens and Sparta, Lysistrate makes women swear to deny men sex.

The theater group heads north. "Lysistrate" is supposed to make people discuss, but no one understands what it is about. World peace and equal conditions are good, but what you want most of all is a sofa group.

The only mistake is that Zetterling makes a big cluster caused in a cinematographic array of clichés and pre-art that leaves one largely untouched. It may be that pre-art is a stylistic grip in "The Girls", a way of playfully mixing imagination and reality. But most of the time it is an optional, unintentional parody or superficial image experiment. Nevertheless, its provocative content, its bold and playful form, its humor and warmth, has made it something of a cult.

Due to the death of the actor and director Gunnel Lindblom, I got the chance to see this movie free on SVT.

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