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Baba Yaga (1973)

Unrated | | Horror | 20 September 1973 (Italy)
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A photographer finds herself falling under the spell of a witch.

Director:

Corrado Farina

Writers:

Corrado Farina (adapted for the screen by), Guido Crepax (cartoon) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Baba Yaga
George Eastman ... Arno Treves
Isabelle De Funès ... Valentina Rosselli
Ely Galleani ... Annette
Daniela Balzaretti Daniela Balzaretti ... Romina
Mario Mattia Giorgetti Mario Mattia Giorgetti ... Carlo, Hippie in the Demonstration (as Mario M. Giorgetti)
Sergio Masieri Sergio Masieri ... Sandro
Angela Covello ... Toni
Cesarina Amendola Cesarina Amendola ... Baba Yaga's Neighbour
Mario Paolo Giordani Mario Paolo Giordani
Carla Mancini
Giorgio Pellizzone Giorgio Pellizzone
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani
Natalie E. Spleptzow Natalie E. Spleptzow
Rodolfo Zola Rodolfo Zola
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Storyline

Strange things have been happening to Valentina, a young and beautiful professional photographer, ever since she made the acquaintance of Baba Yaga, a mysterious older woman who gave her a lift home late one night. For one thing, Valentina has been having weird, kinky nightmares. For another, one of Valentina's cameras seems to have acquired a deadly curse. And then there was that visit to Baba Yaga's house, where Valentina discovered bizarre relics, including a dominatrix doll, and a bottomless pit in the living room. Valentina comes to realize that Baba Yaga is a witch who is out to possess her - body and soul. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Horror

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Trivia

Corrado Farina: The director actually takes three uncredited bit parts: as the policeman who arrives by car at the demonstration in the graveyard, as the Nazi officer with the white cat and as the WWI Prussian officer in charge of the firing squad. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was cut for its UK cinema release to heavily edit two scenes of full frontal nudity. The 2009 Shameless DVD is fully uncut and features a print re-edited by the director which also previously deleted footage including a pre-credits graveyard scene. See more »

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References Pierrot le Fou (1965) See more »

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seductive and imaginative
6 October 2005 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

Apparently inspired by a comic book, "Baba Yaga" is an unusually compelling, surreal nightmare of movie that also is vibrant with the essence of the late 1960s. The story follows pretty young fashion photographer Valentina (Isabelle De Funes) who runs afoul of seductive sorceress Baba Yaga (Carroll Baker) who proceeds to meddle in her life via a tiny doll in an S&M getup. Baba is not one to take rejection lightly, and subjects Valentina to physical and psychological torments. Well-made, hard-to-pigeonhole film, director Corrado Farina succeeds in creating moody atmosphere and a warped logic in which anything can and will happen. Funes in particular does a superb job of convincing the audience of the vacuum that's engulfing her; a young George Eastman ("Anthropophagous") fares well in the role of her disbelieving commercial-director boyfriend. The direction, which intercuts comic-book imagery with hallucinogenic dream sequences (which all seem to possess a Nazi angle), is skillful and unpretentious.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 September 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Baba Yaga, Devil Witch See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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