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She (1965)


Written by Tim Dirks

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She (1965, UK)

In director Robert Day's adaptation (the 4th one) of the 1887 H. Rider Haggard adventure novel of the same name by Hammer Films, this fantasy adventure was a box-office hit, and inspired a mostly-unrelated sequel, The Vengeance of She (1968, UK):

  • the film's tagline: "SHE who must be obeyed! ...SHE who must be loved! ...SHE who must be possessed!"
  • at the end of World War I, the portrayal of the immortal Egyptian queen and cruel high priestess Ayesha ("She-Who-Waits") by sexy Swedish actress Ursula Andress (dubbed by actress Monica (Nikki) Van Der Syl), living in the mountain city of Kuma in E. Africa
  • the double entrances of Ayesha - first (dressed in a slinky white sheath) to young and handsome Leo Vincey (John Richardson) in a Jerusalem house where she offered him a map and ring and tempted him to come to her after journeying across the desert and through the mountains of the moon to her fortress city, and then on her kingdom's throne wearing an elaborate gold and feather headdress
  • the scenes of love-sick Ayesha's deadly seduction of Vincey, believing him to resemble and be the reincarnated priest Kallikrates, her long-dead former lover whom she jealously stabbed and killed when she found him cheating on her
  • in the final scene, Ayesha had convinced Leo to enter a rare blue, magical bonfire Flame of Eternal Youth (which she claimed wouldn't cause harm); when he entered, he became immortal, but her second entrance into the fire caused her to shrivel up, disintegrate and die - it would be another 2,000 years before the blue flame would reappear and release him from immortality


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