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The Devil Witch (1973)

Baba Yaga (original title)
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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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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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 »

Connections

References Pierrot le Fou (1965) See more »

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Does a Movie Need A Cohesive Plot To Be Good?
19 August 2013 | by josephbrandoSee all my reviews

If you answered "Yes" you should not bother seeing this movie. However, if you can view a haunted house dark ride style movie as a satisfying cinematic viewing experience, then strap yourself in and enjoy the view as creepy weird unexplained visions flash in front of you. Pouty-lipped Valentina is smack-dab in the middle of the art house European revolution crowd of the time - photographing nude woman by day and walking the lonely city streets at night alone, which is how she meets up with "Baba Yaga" a mysterious woman who dresses in black (played by the always lovely Carroll Baker). She instantly weaves a spell over Valentina haunting her thoughts, her dreams and her camera. She also does a pretty decent job of weaving her magic spell over the viewer. "Baba Yaga" takes Gothic Horror, stylish pop art, comic books and bondage sex, whirls them in a blender and spews the concoction forth. Although very often defined as a "Giallo" film this certainly belongs more to the "Art Horror" genre. Those who are fans of the trippy stylish body-baring Giallo/Horror output from Italy circa 1970 should put "Baba Yaga" on their "must-watch" list.


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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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