War Goddess or "Le Guerriere dal seno nudo" ("the warriors with bare
breasts") is basically a titty flick, but it must have been conceived as a legitimate film. How else could the
have enlisted the distinguished anti-war poet Robert Graves (author of "I, Claudius"
and its sequel) to be the scenarist? The director was Terence Young, who did
the respected Wait Until Dark and three of the popular early James Bond films.
rate, the project seems to have taken on a life of its own, and morphed from an historical epic about
an Amazon society into a titty-fest.
The films opens with a slaughter of a group of men by Amazon women. We meet
Oreitheia (Sabine Sun) and her sister Antiope (Alena Johnston), who is in the
process of collecting her first male head, evidently a rite of passage in her
society. The two must rush back home to participate in the contest which
determines the queen for the next four years. The contest consists of martial
skills including spear-chucking, bows and arrows, etc, until there are only
two women, who then wrestle topless for the crown. Antiope wins. Oretheia
immediately starts to develop an attitude.
The next event on the social calendar is the annual compulsory mating which
is necessary to insure the survival of their society. As distasteful as it is,
the women will have to have sex with a group of men, and they will pay
handsomely to do so. This time, they have chosen a Greek Army. The king of
this group spots Antiope, and masquerades as a common soldier to have her. To her
surprise, she enjoys the encounter. He also advises her of a short-cut back
home but unfortunately it leads the women directly into an ambush.
Antiope gets rather frustrated with her reign. The man she enjoyed seems to
have led her into a trap, and her baby was a boy - thus had to be killed. She
decides revenge on the Greeks is in order. Of course, things don't really work
out. I will leave those details for you to discover, but I will say that as
the film ends, Antiope has become the first women's libber in history.