Baba Yaga is based on the Italian comic strip Valentina by Guido Crepax, which inspired a series of short films before this feature was produced in 1973. Valentina (Isabelle de Funès) is a fashion photographer who meets the mysterious Baba Yaga (Carroll Baker) one night. The two continue to meet, under more and more odd circumstances, and soon the two strike up a strange “friendship”.
For a film with a reputation for being so sexually provocative, it is fairly tame by today’s standards. In context, it is easy to see how the film’s lesbian S&M moments would be shocking.