(1934) Joan Lowell. A riotously bad jungle docu-drama. Lowell, a self-styled adventuress, retells her "true" adventures in the wilds of Guatemala. Her overacting is a sight to see, ...
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(1934) Joan Lowell. A riotously bad jungle docu-drama. Lowell, a self-styled adventuress, retells her "true" adventures in the wilds of Guatemala. Her overacting is a sight to see, especially in the climax where she is chased by boats of savage natives, encircled with fire! A puker. 16mmWritten by
Most of the location shooting seems to have been done in Chichicastenango and Antigua, neither of which is anywhere near the Rio Dulce where the story is set. Scene's from Chichicastenango, the native village, include film of the Sunday market and scenes shot around the small church of El Calvario. The Spanish colonial ruins of Antigua Guatemala stand in for "lost" Mayan city in the jungle. See more »
There's a lot of work on a boat. And if a Captain's a Skipper like Pop, he doesn't ease up on you because you're a girl.
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Foreword A year ago Joan Lowell returned from a trip to the vastnesses of Central America, with a tale of well-nigh incredible adventures. So lurid and exciting was the story of her exploits that she was persuaded to duplicate them - only this time with a motion picture camera. "ADVENTURE GIRL" is a re-enactment of Miss Lowell's fantastic journyings and depicts her experiences in this tropical land noted for it's bewildering equatorial beauty. See more »
Odd home movie technically more competent than Ed Wood but just as naive in its attempt to ape commercial Hollywood product on a nonexistent budget.
A strange attempt to make a film out of a journey to Guatemala on a sailing boat. The story is a search for pirate treasure in a lost city. It's no more than a recapitulation of a type of adventure story groaning with age even in 1934. This type of story is so well known that the would be artists got sloppy and begin to use abbreviations. The cinematic version of "you know". The 'lost cities' are some colonial ruins and not the great Mayan cities of Central America. The adventure girl of the title behaves reprehensibly with the 'natives' whose religion is depicted as the usual bowing before idols like in the cartoons and they speak about journeys being so many 'suns' away. These are the people who developed the most accurate calendar of their time. It is that crude in its representation of people and places. The mysterious arch in the picture was built at Chichicastinago by the Spanish (and not some long forgotten people) and is quite amazing as it frames this vast plain bisected by an absolutely straight road before a wall of mountains in the distance as if it was racing away from civilization. Out there lies pure mystery, it seems to be saying. It is nowhere near the Rio Dulce, which is mentioned often as the site of the film. One would think that at least the film would have captured a charming picture of Guatemala circa 1934 on film, but they seemed so intent on concocting their trite story that they made the real jungle look like a Hollywood fake. The entire film was shot silent and the narration is spoken over the action by the star and author Joan Lowell AKA Helen Trask.
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