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Barbed Wire Dolls (1976)

Frauengefängnis (original title)
| Crime, Drama, Horror | 1977 (USA)
Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.

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Maria da Guerra
Paul Muller ...
Carlos Costa (as Paul Müller)
Monica Swinn ...
The Wardress (as Monika Swinn)
Roger Darton ...
Milton Warren
Ronald Weiss ...
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Martine Stedil ...
Bertha Contrini
Eric Falk ...
Nestor
Peggy Markoff ...
Pompadour (as Peggy Markhoff)
Nathalie Mann
Denis Torre
Raymond Hardy ...
José (as Ray Hardy)
Beni Cardoso ...
Rosaria Cortina
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Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.

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Paul Muller, the Swiss actor who played Carlos Costa, was dubbed by Gerd Duwner. See more »

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[Maria finds a dead mouse under the food on her plate]
Maria da Guerra: Ah! A mouse!
Guard: What's wrong?
Maria da Guerra: I found a mouse here on my plate. Look at it!
Guard: So what? It adds protein to your diet.
[Guard pushes Maria's face onto the plate]
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Awfully Great
7 March 2013 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

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There's a scene in Barbed Wire Dolls that is so perfectly horrible it should be cinematic legend. It's a young girl's flashback of her father (played by Franco himself) attempting to rape her. The entire scene is shot with Franco's patented wandering zoom, a lens slathered with vaseline and a slow motion effect you have to see to believe.

Doing double-duty as "Cinematographer," Franco apparently didn't realize you could change the frame rate on the camera and decided slow motion is best acquired through slow motion acting. Yup, actors pretending to go through the motions in real time slow motion. Hilarious.

For someone who hates his own movies and wishes he'd directed Citizen Kane, Franco's taste is not nearly as bad as the choices he consistently makes behind the camera. Within the realm of bad movies, if Ed Wood Jr. is Orson Welles, then Jess Franco is quite possibly John Ford. High praise, indeed. Barbed Wire Dolls is a B- movie with so many juicy tidbits of ineptness, tasteless raunch, camp and cliché you can't help but love this senseless mess. See the slow motion genius for yourself:


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