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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.

Director:

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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Featured in Eurotika!: So Sweet, So Perverse (1999) See more »

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Femina Ridens
By G. DeMutiis, Piero Schivazappa, and Stelvio Cipriani (as DeMutiis-Schivazappa-Cipriani)
Sung by Olympia
With the participation of Alessandro Alessandroni's "Modern Singers"
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has to be seen and rated in its time
22 March 2002 | by andre-71See all my reviews

From today's point of view it is quite ridiculous to rate this film 18 (or X in the US). The film has a sexual, yet sublime erotic story to tell, but the pictures are rather innocent. Throughout the movie you feel and see the spirit of the late 60s and early 70s in the fashion, the dialogues and the typical experimental cinematography and lighting. And this is exactly the part that makes it worth seeing.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

4 December 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Laughing Woman See more »

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Cemo Film See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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