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Baby Yaga, Devil Witch -- The S&M Classic Restored, Re-graded, Re-edited and Re-Imagined

The line between perverted dreams and fevered reality are torn apart as a beautiful witch (Carroll Baker, Baby Doll) gets her sapphic claws into a beautiful young photographer in this rampant adaptation of the classic Guido Crepax comic-book.
Now 35 years after original release director Corrado Farina has re-edited his film exclusively for Shameless, re-inserting footage cut by both the producers and censors, to bring us for the first time his vision as he would really have liked it seen. Restored, Re-graded, re-edited and re-imagined this is Baba Yaga: The Final Cut on a features-packed UK DVD!

When the beautiful Valentina spurns the advances of the enigmatic witch, a curse is put on her camera and all those who pose for her are damned. Pursued by the sensuous seduction of Baba Yaga at every turn, she must either submit to her S&M desires or confront the repressed lesbian feelings buried deep within. Carnal lust explodes as she must choose between external decadence and staid reality, with her very soul at stake as witchcraft casts its spell.

Combining the haunting atmosphere of Polanski with the sexual styling of Argento on Crystal Meth, it's all here: gorgeous lesbians, Nazi fantasies and even sinister sewing machines! Baba Yaga is 70's Euro-sleaze at its very best, showcasing stunning cinematography and is a must for everyone let down by the distinctly prudish Barbarella when it comes to erotic Euro-comics.

Baba Yaga: The Final Cut (cert. 18) is released uncut on DVD by Shameless Screen Entertainment. The new edit of the film will be presented remastered in 1.85:1 with choices of either English or Italian 2.0 sound with optional English subtitles.

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Director:
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Corrado Farina (adapted for the screen by)
Guido Crepax (cartoon)
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Release Date:
20 September 1973 (Italy) See more »
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Silly and stylish, just the way I like my eurotrash See more (39 total) »

Cast

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Carroll Baker ... Baba Yaga
George Eastman ... Arno Treves
Isabelle De Funès ... Valentina Rosselli
Ely Galleani ... Annette
Daniela Balzaretti ... Romina
Mario Mattia Giorgetti ... Carlo, Hippie in the Demonstration (as Mario Giorgetti)
Sergio Masieri ... Sandro
Angela Covello ... Toni
Cesarina Amendola ... Baba Yaga's Neighbour
Mario Paolo Giordani
Carla Mancini
Giorgio Pellizone
Lorenzo Piani
Natalie E. Spleptzow
Rodolfo Zola
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Battiato ... The Man in white in the cemetery (uncredited)
Guido Crepax ... White Car Driver with Arno and Valentina (uncredited)
Ian Danby ... Arno (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Corrado Farina ... The Nazi with the cat (uncredited)
Maurizio Micheli ... Spectator in the Cinematheque (uncredited)
Michele Mirabella ... Man in white in commercial (uncredited)
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Directed by
Corrado Farina 
 
Writing credits
Corrado Farina (adapted for the screen by)

Guido Crepax (cartoon)

Giulio Berruti (additional scenes)

François de Lannurien (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Simone Allouche .... producer
Pino De Martino .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Piero Umiliani 
 
Cinematography by
Aiace Parolin 
 
Film Editing by
Giulio Berruti 
 
Art Direction by
Giulia Mafai 
 
Costume Design by
Giulia Mafai 
 
Makeup Department
Sergio Gennari .... hair stylist
Orietta Melaranci .... makeup artist (as Oretta Melaranci)
 
Production Management
Pino De Martino .... production manager
Bruno Evangelisti .... unit manager
Franco Tupini .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giulio Berruti .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Renato Moretti .... assistant art director
Renato Moretti .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Mario Piovan .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Angelo Lannutti .... camera operator (as Arcangelo Lannutti)
Eraldo Martella .... key grip
Bruno Pasqualini .... gaffer
Claudio Tondi .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Nicola Alluscia .... assistant editor
Paolo Giaccio .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Lucia Luconi .... production secretary
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Baba Yaga" - Italy (original title)
"Kiss Me Kill Me" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
91 min | UK:81 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Germany:12 (2007) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated

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Director Cameo: [Corrado Farina]The director actually takes three uncredited bit parts: as the policeman who arrives by car at the demonstration in the graveyard, as the Nazi officer with the white cat and as the WWI Prussian officer in charge of the firing squad.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Silly and stylish, just the way I like my eurotrash, 31 July 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

The more I see of the late 60s / early 70s pop art eurotrash films, the more addicted I become to them. I initially didn't really like their extreme favoring of style over substance and high art pretensions, but they've grown on me. They range from very good ("Danger: Diabolik", "Venus In Furs") to lesser (such as this one), but I'm rarely outright bored by them. Their silly psychedelic shadings will be a turn off from many cult fans admittedly, but their often beautiful style will attract others. They're often classier than their American counterparts. Don't expect any depth or a coherent story from these, just get lost in the feel.

"Baby Yaga" is a prime example, if not one of the finest from the subgenre. Its full of goofy symbolism which serves absolutely no purpose (just what was the deal with the recurring dreams about Nazism?). However, they're highly entertaining to watch and the sheer strangeness of them more than makes up for the pretentiousness. Even though he apparently feels the film was a failure, Corrado Farina's direction is quite good. It keeps everything moving at a quick pace. Also, the editing is very good and psychedelic (there's very few shots that last for more than three seconds). And while there's no depth to any of this, there is a degree of creativity. Don't attempt to follow the storyline either. While it isn't nearly as confusing as Jess Franco's films from the era, it gets a bit difficult to follow.

If there's one major failing of the film, its the acting. Granted, one doesn't go to these films for Oscar winning performances, but still. As the lead, Isabelle De Funès (resembling a petite cross between Barbara Steele and Louise Brooks) fairs decently enough. However, the hero George Eastman is insufferably dull and Carroll Baker is badly miscast. Certainly past her prime, I wonder if Baker was put in the film simply to generate some star power. She turns in a wooden performance and is way too old for the part. Also, the style begins to wear a bit thin during the last twenty minutes or so. This aside, "Baby Yaga" is still an entertaining bit of erotic-horror. If you're into this kind of thing, dig in. (6/10)

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