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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:
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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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Not the best, but perhaps the most interesting "fumetti" adaptation 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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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 (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Germany:12 (2007) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
Anne Heywood was originally cast as Baba Yaga but withdrew before filming and was successfully fined by the studio.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as "Valentina" (1989)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Not the best, but perhaps the most interesting "fumetti" adaptation, 18 July 2006
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

Until relatively recently comic books in the US were mostly aimed at kids (and thanks to a self-censorship body called the Comics Code Authority--which made sure little Johnny didn't get hold of a copy of "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers" or "Cherry Poptart" and be scarred for life--adult comics were often unavailable even for adults). But things were different in Europe, especially in France and Italy in the 60's and 70's where "fumetti" were very popular with adults, exploring adult themes and experimenting with narrative structure in ways that the American "graphic novels" are only just getting around to today. Fumetti were also pretty hip in Europe at the time (again in contrast to America where the coolest guy who publicly admits to reading comics even today is "Clerks" director Kevin Smith).

There have been a handful of movies based on fumetti. The most famous is "Barbarella" because it featured Jane Fonda, but this has also made it an easy target for people like idiot critic/right-wing ben-wah ball Michael Medved. "Diabolik" has become highly respected today because of director Mario Bava and the two incredibly attractive leads, but it was reputedly not a well-regarded fumetti. I've heard "Satanik" is pretty bad period. Some years later there was also "Cemetery Man" based on a novel by the author of the famous fumetti "Dylan Dog". It was this movie though that has just confused the hell out of everybody since it's based on a comic strip "Valentina" few outside of Italy have read and few in Italy probably understood. Valentina is a photographer who through the agency of a magic camera falls under the spell of a strange lesbian witch, Baba Yaga. That's the basic plot, but it goes off on so many bizarre and surreal tangents that the movie itself is almost impossible to describe. At one point, for instance, Baba Yaga gives Valentina a doll which suddenly turns into a real-life dominatrix who strips her naked, ties her up, and whips her while the witch looks on approvingly. In another scene, Valentina's suddenly part of a firing squad shooting a naked woman on a Jean Rollinesque deserted beach.

Carol Baker is the witch and although she is woefully miscast (too young and voluptuous)she acquits herself well (and even did a full-frontal nude scene which was censored out). The actress that plays Valentina, Isabella de Funes couldn't act her way out of an 8mm porno loop with a German shepherd co-star, but she really doesn't have to in this very visual, non-linear movie. Ditto with Ely Galeani, who apparently auditioned for Valentina role but was (hard as it is too imagine) even worse than de Funes,so she took the living doll role. It's also interesting to see George "The Grim Reaper" Eastman in a romantic role as Valentina's lover (maybe they got him confused with George Hilton?) Rounding out the cast is Angela Covello ("So Sweet/So Dead", "Torso") one my favorite obscure Italian actresses. This movie definitely isn't for everybody, but if you're on this site reading this review (and you've heard of any of these people) I expect you'll probably like it.

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