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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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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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Country:

UK | Italy | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Jess Franco, star James Darren actually did fall in love with co-star Maria Rohm during the production, though it is unknown whether the two actually developed a relationship. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Logan: She was beautiful, even though she was dead.
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Alternate Versions

The Italian release lists Hans Billian as a director instead of Jesus Franco. See more »

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Soundtracks

Aggressive Jazz Theme
Written by Keith Mansfield
Performed by Keith Mansfield
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Dreamy trippy nightmare
18 April 2008 | by Prof-Hieronymos-GrostSee all my reviews

Jazz musician Jimmy Logan finds the dead body of a beautiful girl Wanda Reed on the beach outside his home in Istanbul, a girl he recognizes from a party he was at the previous night. Jimmy is haunted by her vision and memories of how she was raped and tortured at the party and how he didn't step in to help. Two years later he is now living in Rio and finally has his musical career back on track, but he is stopped in his tracks when a woman who appears to be Wanda walks in to the club where he is playing, is it really her, can she still be alive or is it all a dream. Bizarre, trippy, love story with some Noir overtones, it has a fantastic jazzy score that creates a hypnotic mood, its beautifully filmed with a striking use of colour, touches of sadomasochism and lesbianism add even more to the mix, there's even time for a great twist or two at the end.


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