Three showgirls playfully mock the audience for attending a projection of an art film.

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Fun meta-film
8 November 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Three showgirls around a stool do a talking vignette of some sorts. One is talkative and confrontational, the second does some seductive poses by the stool, while the third is a seemingly mute chubby girl with short hair, leering at everything (this type of character should be familiar to you if you've seen other films by Shuji Terayama). All three have white face paint and are dressed in black.

All of a sudden, they start to mock us, the audience. They criticize the types of people who go to screenings of art films and even provoke an audience member to join them on the screen. Upon his arrival, they take his clothes off and play with his body parts, still mocking him, then send him back to his seat, keeping his clothes and ending the routine.

This is a very fun short film which sadly loses a bit of its charm if you don't see it at a projection but instead on a computer. The idea is fresh and the execution is very humorous. It's also notable for being probably the only Terayama short with dialogue, as well as for being likely the only Japanese film ever to show unblurred genitals (except for Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses which was filmed and distributed in France and the French version of Terayama's own Grass Labyrinth). I also wonder why it's called Laura.


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