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Baba Yaga -- 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:
Writers:
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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Plot:
A photographer finds herself falling under the spell of a witch. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Does a Movie Need A Cohesive Plot To Be Good? See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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, Devil Witch" - USA (alternative title)
"Kiss Me Kill Me" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
91 min | UK:81 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Germany:12 (2007) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
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 »
Movie Connections:
References Pierrot le Fou (1965)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Final Cut?
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Does a Movie Need A Cohesive Plot To Be Good?, 19 August 2013
Author: Joseph Brando from NJ, USA

If you answered "Yes" you should not bother seeing this movie. However, if you can view a haunted house dark ride style movie as a satisfying cinematic viewing experience, then strap yourself in and enjoy the view as creepy weird unexplained visions flash in front of you. Pouty-lipped Valentina is smack-dab in the middle of the art house European revolution crowd of the time - photographing nude woman by day and walking the lonely city streets at night alone, which is how she meets up with "Baba Yaga" a mysterious woman who dresses in black (played by the always lovely Carroll Baker). She instantly weaves a spell over Valentina haunting her thoughts, her dreams and her camera. She also does a pretty decent job of weaving her magic spell over the viewer. "Baba Yaga" takes Gothic Horror, stylish pop art, comic books and bondage sex, whirls them in a blender and spews the concoction forth. Although very often defined as a "Giallo" film this certainly belongs more to the "Art Horror" genre. Those who are fans of the trippy stylish body-baring Giallo/Horror output from Italy circa 1970 should put "Baba Yaga" on their "must-watch" list.

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