Jane and the Lost City
(1987) from Tuna
|Jane and the Lost City (1987) is one of
those films I found in a video store years ago,
thoroughly enjoyed, and assumed that the whole world knew
about it. It was released on region 1 DVD this week, and
I eagerly awaited it. To my surprise, there are no
reviews on line, and only 21 voters at IMDB have rated
|Jane was a
comic strip in the London Daily Mirror during WW II. Jane
and the Colonel were British intelligence/spies, doing
battle with their Nazi counterparts. Jane had the habit
of getting her dress torn off by men, women, animals and
even inanimate objects. There is no real exposure, but,
through much of the film, Kirsten Hughes, as Jane,
reminds me of 40s and 50s pin-ups.
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|In Jane and
the Lost City, Jane and the Colonel are off to Africa,
find the "Lost City," persuade the ruling tribe
of Amazons to give them the treasure of huge diamonds to
finance the war effort, and get revenge on the Nazi spies
led by Lola Pagoda (Maud Adams). They meet handsome
Jungle Jack (Sam Jones) shortly after arriving, and he
helps them with the quest, and falls madly and mutually
in love with Jane. Both Jane and the Colonel are
incredibly inept, but as lucky as they are bungling. The
colonel's butler, Tombs, is the brightest of the lot.
||I find this film a
total delight, and the DVD transfer is gorgeous.
I do wish they had included some
special features -- especially a history of the comic
strip, but it is still worth seeing.
I imagine the critical
average would be 2 1/2 stars, as it is a quirky comedy,
but I see it as 3 to 3 1/2 stars.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
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