Nov 20, 2009
New Eurospy Spoof Scream Of The Bikini
Wow, this is cool. Cinema Retro points the way to a new Sixties Eurospy spoof apparently made in the "of its time" style and spirit of such recent retro comedies as OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies, OSS 117: Lost in Rio and Black Dynamite (which, by the way, you really must try to see if you haven't already!). Scream of the Bikini (Asnesas en Vespa), billed as a lost spy thriller "filmed somewhere in South America in 1966, and poorly translated and dubbed by Germans," is in actuality an independently produced film currently making the rounds of the festival circuit. According to its official website, Scream of the Bikini is the brainchild of California-based actors and comedians Kelsey Wedeen, Bill Robens, Kiff Scholl, Rebecca Larsen and Darrett Sanders, all of whom share various duties behind and in front of the cameras. Taking the period spoof thing to a whole new degree (sort of a mixture of OSS 117 and Yuki 7), they've all assumed other identities for the sake of the production. In the Eurospy spirit, the actresses are credited as Jasmine Orozco and Paola Apanapal and the director as Fernando Fernandez, a Jess Franco-like figure. They've worked out characters for all of these supposed behind-the-scenes personalities, completely separate from their on-screen characters! The official website is a real treat, offering great Sixties posters, lobby cards, film clips, stills, behind-the-scenes tidbits (both real and imaginary) and, of course, a trailer. There's also information on upcoming screenings, and I'm depressed to learn that I actually just missed a Los Angeles screening tonight. If only I'd learned of it sooner! Oh well. Hopefully we'll all have the chance to check out Scream of the Bikini eventually. Personally, I can't wait!