The Girl Who Returned

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The Girl Who Returned
Directed by Lloyd Kaufman
Written by Robert Schacteland
Lloyd Kaufman
Starring Gretchen Herman
Beverly Galley
Tim McClean
Judith Dresh
Letha Baker
Music by Jake Thompson
Cinematography Lloyd Kaufman
Distributed by Mach Studios, Inc.
Troma Entertainment
Release dates 1969
Running time 66 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,000

The Girl Who Returned is a 1969 American comedy film, notable as the directorial debut of Lloyd Kaufman, future co-founder and president of Troma Entertainment. It was made during his sophomore year at Yale University.

The story is set in an alternate reality in which the world is made up of just two countries: Luxembourg and Mongolia. Luxembourg is inhabited only by women and Mongolia only by men. Every four years, the two countries hold an Olympics competition to determine the supremacy of the world.

Overview[edit]

The film was shot on a Bolex camera which did not have a sound sync and could only record forty seconds at a time. The film features a rare cameo from Troma co-founder Michael Herz and his wife Maris.[1]

What the film lacked in a coherent plot, it made up for in endless gratuitous shots of scantily clad women exercising. The film received negative reviews from campus newspapers and Lloyd Kaufman himself described the film as "boring" going so far as to say that, like the infinite monkey theorem, "if you put two monkeys in a room with movie cameras they will make The Girl Who Returned in twelve days."[1]

Filmed on a budget of $2,000, The Girl Who Returned actually made a profit from dollar screenings at Yale and other colleges.[1] Other than these showings, the film was not released commercially until 2009, as an Easter Egg on The Sexy Box, a DVD boxset of Squeeze Play!, Waitress!, Stuck on You! and The First Turn-On! [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kaufman, Lloyd (August 1, 1998). All I Need to Know about Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger. 
  2. ^ "DVD Talk Review". Retrieved September 29, 2009. 

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