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The Laughing Woman (1969)

Femina ridens (original title)
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A rich and sadistic man, who enjoys degrading women as part of elaborate S&M games, abducts a female journalist. She is subjected to his unpleasant games but soon begins subverting him.

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Piero Schivazappa
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Complete credited cast:
Philippe Leroy ... Dr. Sayer
Dagmar Lassander ... Maria
Lorenza Guerrieri Lorenza Guerrieri ... Gida
Varo Soleri Varo Soleri ... Administrator
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ... Sayer's Secretary
Mirella Pamphili ... Streetwalker
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Doctor Sayer, esteemed director of a philanthropic institution, hides a misogynistic and sexophobic personality to which he gives vent to weekends, dedicating himself in his isolated villa to sadistic games in the company of professionals expert in satisfying similar inclinations and staging their death in ways more imaginative. Taking advantage of the visit of one of his employees, Mary, decides to move from fiction to reality, imprisoning the woman and subjecting her to physical and psychological torture.

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Alternate Versions

The initial 1998 UK Salvation video was cut by 16 secs by the BBFC to remove photographic shots of women being tortured, though the later re-release mistakenly featured the uncut version. The 2008 Shameless DVD was fully uncut and featured an extended version with additional footage. See more »

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A brilliant slice of 60s sexploitation!
12 August 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'The Frightened Woman' is a wonderful slice of 60s sexploitation - stylish, erotic and camp to the nth degree! Fans of Jess Franco's non-horror movies like 'Succubus' and 'Sadisterotica', or Dallamano's underrated 'Venus In Furs' (aka 'The Devil In The Flesh') will eat this baby up! Philippe Leroy is well cast as Sayer, the rich, jaded sadist who likes to degrade women for kicks, and Dagmar Lassander (who some may remember from Fulci's so-so 'House By The Cemetery') is equally good as the inquisitive journalist who unexpectedly finds herself trapped in his vicious games. She surprises Sayer (and us) by subverting his tricks and tortures, and takes him on a journey that he could never have foreseen, and the ending may be slightly predictable, but is still worth waiting for. Like much of Franco's output from the same period, this movie is equals parts art and trash, with many psychedelic touches, some very effective, and others unintentionally hilarious. You either dig this era and these kinds of movies, or you don't. I do, and I loved it. An underrated movie that deserves a much larger audience.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

4 December 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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