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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:
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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'Baba Yaga' is a fascinating mess which will appeal to fans of arty Eurotrash like Franco's 'Vampyros Lesbos' and 'Eugenie De Sade' and Bava's 'Lisa And The Devil'. 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)
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Certification:
Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Germany:12 (2007) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
The Diamond Entertainment DVD box and menu erroneously attribute the direction to Umberto Lenzi, although the print itself correctly credits Corrado Farina.See more »
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
'Baba Yaga' is a fascinating mess which will appeal to fans of arty Eurotrash like Franco's 'Vampyros Lesbos' and 'Eugenie De Sade' and Bava's 'Lisa And The Devil'., 12 April 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'Baba Yaga' is a fascinating mess. Corrado Farina seems like an intelligent guy but even he admits that he failed in his attempt to adapt the erotic comics of Guido Crepax to the movie screen. Farina's initial choices for the lead roles of Valentina and Baba Yaga fell through and so he had to reluctantly make do with Isabelle De Funes and Carroll Baker. On top of that his movie was recut behind his back by a producer with second thoughts and he had to fight to salvage it. Despite all this behind the scenes drama it is a movie which will appeal to fans of arty Eurotrash like Franco's 'Vampyros Lesbos' and 'Eugenie De Sade' and Bava's 'Lisa And The Devil'. The plot of the film is minimal and frankly not its strong point. Valentina (De Funes) is a successful photographer who comes under the spell of a mysterious witch Baba Yaga (Carroll). That's about it folks. The movie attempts to create a dreamlike atmosphere, mixing up fantasy and reality. It isn't entirely successful but some sequences are quite impressive. In fact it's probably best enjoyed if you ignore the minimal story and just concentrate on the imagery and the music. Farina complained that Carroll Baker wasn't the right physical type to play Baba Yaga, who in the original comic strip was androgynous and not conventionally beautiful. That may be so but I certainly enjoy looking at Ms. Baker, an actress who made several left of center movie choices in the '60s and '70s including 'Orgasmo', 'The Sweet Body Of Deborah', 'Bad' and 'Bloodbath'. The DVD by the way includes a brief outtake of a full frontal scene from her for those that are interested. 'Baba Yaga' is one of those movies that you either love or hate. I'm in the former camp.

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