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Venus in Furs (1969)

Paroxismus (original title)
A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists responsible for her death.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writers:

Jesús Franco (screenplay), Malvin Wald (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
James Darren ... Jimmy Logan
Barbara McNair ... Rita
Maria Rohm ... Wanda Reed
Klaus Kinski ... Ahmed Kortobawi
Dennis Price ... Percival Kapp
Margaret Lee ... Olga
Adolfo Lastretti ... Insp. Kaplan (as Aldo Lastretti)
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Storyline

In Istanbul, a jazz trumpeter pulls the murdered body of a young woman from the surf. He remembers her from the night before, when he saw her at a millionaire playboy's party and then later watched as she was assaulted by the party's host and two of his friends. In confusion, Jimmy, the musician, leaves for Rio where he finds the sympathetic ear of Rita, a singer who invites him to live with her and helps him recover his equilibrium and his musical ability. Then, into the room walks a woman who looks like Wanda, the murder victim. Jimmy pursues her, not caring if she's alive or dead. What's going on? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The coat that covered paradise, uncovered hell! See more »

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Certificate:

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Country:

UK | Italy | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Venus in Furs See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jess Franco wanted the film to be titled "Black Angel" but distributors changed the title for marketing reasons and also altered the director's original ending. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Logan: How can you run from a dead person unless you're dead yourself?
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Aggressive Jazz Theme
Written by Keith Mansfield
Performed by Keith Mansfield
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"It all began here in Istanbul, on the shore of the Black Sea"
9 May 2005 | by AtavistenSee all my reviews

"I tried not to remember why I buried my horn" his voice-over says, in a state close to euphoria he philosophies about things like this playing trumpet on a beach, then he travels to Rio de Janeiro. The voice-over follows throughout, always in the lingo of the time, while he is getting in the groove in a jazz band, making love to women and so on. All in all the music is the most important for this movie, together with the nudity of course. Drama is heightened by the frenzy of samba and slowed down by a few slow jams, but mostly the tune is post-bop.

Its sensual, hazy, surreal and a great film. Manfred Mann and Jesus Franco play in the jazz band. Klaus Kinski makes his menacing appearance and the girls are good looking and well acting, what more do you want?


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