original Brazilian/Portuguese titles AS CANGACEIROS
EROTICAS (Erotic Bandits)
also known as EROTIC ADVENGERS and SATANAS DE BABYDOLLS (Satan's Babydolls)
director Roberto Mauro
starring Sonia Garcia · Helena Ramos · Matilde Mastrangi
· Jofre Soares · Oasis Mimiti
cinema went through a dramatic change in the early '70s,
perhaps note notably in Japan with the advent of the 'Pink Film'
and in Brazil with the 'Pornochanchada.'
These two brands of cinema [probably influenced by the burgeoning sexual
freedom of Europe's exploitation films]
created a new category for mainstream entertainment, an unapologetic
on conflict between the sexes based on a country's cultural propensity. Pornochanchadas from South America have a special feel to them,
using a campy dark humor
as a method for presenting nudity that is very “Brazilian”
[for lack of a better word].
If you are new to this genre, here is
a perfect place to start
a few words: Dél and her friends form a gang of female bandits
in the wilderness of northern Brazil. More specifically... After their
father is killed by Cornélio Sabiá's marauding gang of
outlaws, young Dél and her sister Jasmine find shelter at Padre
Lardo's secluded orphanage. As years pass, villainous Cornélio
Sabiá takes over the region, imposing his own dictatorship. After
ten years, Cornélio learns that Dél and Jasmine [the last
of his sworn enemies from the Leăo family] are alive and well
at the orphanage. He plans an attack. But when Cornélio doesn't
find the two girls, he retaliates by murdering the priest and Sister
Eustaquia. Then, Dél convinces her seven friends to form a gang
of female bandits for countryside marauding, party crashing and, ultimately,
vengeance against Cornélio Sabiá.
breezy story takes itself seriously which is part of the fun. It also
packs three nice surprises: Robert Mauro's cinematography is awesome,
many steps above standard exploitation. The second surprise is the smartness
of the script, an undercurrent campiness that would make Russ Meyer
jealous. And the film's crowning jewel - arguably an expansion of the
second point - is it's degree of absurdity-as-normal. For example,
where did these outlaw vixens get their guns? their cars? their cameras?
or their ice-cream desserts? [see pic below right] And why would
Carméla, for example, suddenly decide to shamelessly convince
her friends that she is the best stripper among them?
Brazilian film in Portuegues with optional English subtitles;
fully uncut 92 min, widescreen,
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT
Extras include selected theatrical trailers
Intended for Mature Audiences