“Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay” is a flesh & fantasy-laced sapphic saga from the early ’70s

By on May 17, 2019

Night Flight returns to the misty realm of the unreal with director Bruno Gantillon’s 1971 Eurocult feature debut, Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay (French: Morgane et ses nymphes), about an enchanting fairy queen sorceress who lives in a castle with an ever-growing harem of lesbian love slaves.

You can find this decidedly NSFW flesh & fantasy-laced saga — in French, with English subtitles — in our Sexploitation & Softcore Sex Romps section on Night Flight Plus.

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“Françoise” (Mireille Saunin) and her best friend “Anna” (the beautiful Michèle Perello, in one of her two film roles) are taking turns driving through the lush rural countryside in the Auvergne region of France, when they become lost.

They stop at a local inn to drink wine and buy coffee, where they’re spied on by a weird medieval-garbed dwarf named “Gurth” (Alfred Baillou).

The owner warns them to leave the area and get through the woods as quickly as they can.

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They proceed with their trip, though, and soon run out of petrol, so they seek shelter in an abandoned barn (cue the porntastic soundtrack), bedding down in the hay for a night of intimate female fondling and post-coital snuggling.

At dawn, Françoise awakens to find Anna is missing, having been mysteriously lured away in the night.

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Suddenly, Gurth — who has quite a lust for revenge, it turns out — reappears, beckoning the beautiful Françoise to follow him through the legendary enchanted forest Brocéliande.

She’s willed across a lake, standing up in a very obedient boat, to a mist-shrouded castle, where young lovelies await her arrival.

The remote dreamlike chateau belongs to mysterious “Morgana Le Fay” (Dominique Delpierre, who was pregnant at the time of shooting). Françoise falls under her spell.

She’s given a milk bath by a few lovely maidens and then dressed in a pastel pink evening dress before taking a toke on Morgana’s hookah.

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The castle is cluttered with nubile nymphs of all ages in the midst of enjoying a huge lesbian lovefest, frolicking and kissing; Morgana has her favorite love slaves: “Yael” (Régine Motte), “Sylviane” (Ursule Pauly) and “Sarah” (Nathalie Chaine).

They’ve apparently been gifted with immortality, and we soon learn why when Françoise is given the choice to stay young and beautiful forever, joining Morgana’s harem of lesbian love slaves, or she can become an old angry hag, rotting away in the castle’s dank dungeon.

Hmm, tough choice.

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We learn that Morgana — in order to keep living over the course of centuries — must obtain the souls of the unlucky innocent women who’ve been lured into her kingdom, and the price these girls have paid is the forfeiting of their souls.

They can never leave the castle, and must remain in Morgana’s unreal sex coven forever.

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Along the way, there are little memorable scenes revealing themselves like parts of a dream, something about a magic necklace, a weird interpretive dance which leads to a sapphic interlude, a daring escape attempt involving an invisible tunic, and Gurth’s powerful “Ring of Life.”

By the way, it’s quite likely you’ll have been so distracted by the lovely ladies that you will not have noticed there’s not much in the way of any real connection to medieval legend of King Arthur’s half-sister.

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Read more about Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay below.

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Bruce Gantillon

In 2005, the New York Times called Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay “another neglected Eurotrash classic resurrected…”

Director Bruno Gantillon — in the eleven minute-long interview included as one of the bonus track extras for Mondo Macabro’s 2005 DVD release — said that he worked hard to make the film “artistic, soft and never vulgar.”

Speaking in English, Gantillon discusses becoming a filmmaker in the late ’60s, working on the groundbreaking French TV magazine show “Dim Dam Dom” before making his feature film directorial debut with Girls Slaves of Morgana Le Fay.

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Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay was first released in the early ’70s, during the European erotica sexploitation craze, when mainstream nudity in films was still a decade or so away, even in the more open-minded European countries.

Gantillon’s film, however, was not released theatrically in either the United States or in the UK during its initial run, which likely helped to foster its reputation as a cult curiosity.

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Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay has sometimes been described as being a bit too derivative when compared to some of the previously-released films by Ganitllon’s fellow French countryman, cult film compatriot Jean Rollin, or with Spain’s Jesus Franco, two of the more productive cult filmmakers who’d already filmed artsy foreign films about lesbian vampires and witches.

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There’s certainly nothing second-rate about Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay, though, which is a feast for the eyes with lots of eye-popping nudity, scantily-clad ladies in diaphanous flowing gowns, pastel colors, furs, rugs, candles, wine, fruit and, oh, that weird dwarf.

Jean Monsigny’s cinematography and composer Cisco Elrubio’s musical score — featuring soft vibrating xylophone notes — are frequently singled out as well.

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At the time this film was lensed in 1970, Morgana’s castle — the 13th century Château de Val, near Bort-les-Orgues, in the commune of Lanobre, in the Cantal in central France — had fallen into disrepair and it was used as an inexpensive location-for-rent.

Today, however, the castle has been upgraded, and it is now a popular tourist destination.

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Watch Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay on Night Flight Plus.

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.