Successful camp...even when it reveals self parody, reeks of self-love.
- Susan Sontag, "Notes on Camp
Ever since the late, lamented Redundant Variety Hour departed, alas, for Bloghalla, perhaps we've all been feeling a little deprived. This week's SSCE, however, should more than make up for any jonesing you've been having for a generous dose of that undersung artistic endeavor, the Italian TV spectacular. Yes, it's the lovely and talented (and if nothing else, energetic) Miss Lola Falana in a two-for-one treat that hits virtually every trope of the genre: a set that definitely insures you will Remember Her Name,* a cleverly layered costume that goes from gown to pantsuit in a trice, copious frugging (including an all-too-brief interlude for the Safety Gays), and even some awkward, innuendo-laden host-banter.
Sadly, fans of this kind of glamourous ridiculousness ("Fever"? Really?) have lost Miss Falana to a combination of poor health and an excess of religion. Thanks to YouTube, though, it will always be 1971 and there will always be another pop semi-standard to murder for what appears to be a slightly startled studio audience.
(Come back, Thombeau - all is forgiven!)
* Speaking of which, have you ever seen Lola's "Fame"? If not, you really need to, stat. It makes this look tasteful and serene.