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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

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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

Klaus Kinski replaced Rossano Brazzi. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Logan: How can you run from a dead person unless you're dead yourself?
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Soundtracks

Theme for Love
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Performed by Stu Phillips
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A Cult Classic Waiting To be Rediscovered
12 July 2005 | by noelartmSee all my reviews

Jess Franco's direction, as well as the story, acting, cinematography and music are all first rate. This was one of the first major films to depict lesbian love scenes and inter-racial love scenes. The title VENUS IN FURS refers to the main character - a lesbian with a fur fetish who digs getting it on in a group setting while fondling the statue of Venus Di Milo. (Now how much would you pay?) From a camp perspective, she is the X rated equivalent of a BATMAN villain. The pans and zooms were appropriate in keeping with the jazz theme and score. This movie reminds me a lot of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS in look, production design and over all style with it's absolutely beautiful use of color. It would make a great double bill with BTVOTD. How this movie was overshadowed by that one is beyond me. It should be viewed in it's original widescreen format, too. Sure, it's dated, but it's also a refreshing blast from the past!


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