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Women Without Innocence (1978)

Frauen ohne Unschuld (original title)
Margarita, the only witness of a brutal murder, has temporary amnesia due to shock. She's sent to a psychiatric clinic where a masked man rapes her and kills another woman. She must piece her memory back together before he returns.

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Jesús Franco
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lina Romay ... Margarita Martin
Michael Maien Michael Maien ... Dr. Antonio
Muriel Montossé ... Irina Farkas (as Nanda van Bergen)
Esther Studer Esther Studer ... Petra
Kurt Meinicke Kurt Meinicke ... Dr. Farkas
Brigitte Meyer Brigitte Meyer ... Gabi
Monica Swinn ... Sandra Mauro
Peggy Markoff Peggy Markoff ... Emilia
Peter Baumgartner Peter Baumgartner ... Inspector Risi
Dagmar Bürger Dagmar Bürger ... Peggy
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Storyline

Margarita has a threesome relationship with a couple and pulls in with them. One day, however, the couple is murdered by a mysterious killer. Traumatic for Margarita, who promptly loses her voice. Completely confused, she is admitted to a women's mental clinic, where they try to get her back on track. This is attempted through sex, but also with mimicking murders. The doctors do not have the best deal with her, who smuggled diamonds for the couple without knowing it, but are therefore particularly interested in the diamonds. This also applies to the real murderer, who is perhaps one of those doctors.

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 February 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Wicked Women See more »

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Production Co:

Elite Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Another solid Franco/Dietrich - pairing of the late 70's.
10 April 2006 | by apmolekylSee all my reviews

Lina Romay is found, naked and bloody in a luxurious house and is promptly taken to a mental institute. The doctors and nurses meant to take care of her aren't exactly who they seem and a mysterious figure, clad in black, circles the premise at night, offing nubile young women.

Who is it and why is he/she doing it, and why is Lina Romay always close-by witnessing it when it happens? Franco raises a lot of interesting questions that keeps the viewer intrigued for the duration of the feature presentation. Franco this time incorporated some thriller/slasher elements and made the film all the better for it.

Acting-wise it's pretty much business as usual - bad! But the girls are beautiful and naked... and let's face it, that's what these productions were all about. The photography is simply stunning, although a few instances can be seen where there seems to be vaseline smeared on the lens of the camera, but it really isn't distracting. An entertaining little Franco-gem. Sure, it's mainly for the fans but if you're looking for a way into the Franco universe, this is as good a place to start as any.

The DVD from Dietrich's company has, as always, excellent picture quality with vibrant colors that practically sting the eyes. A+ image-wise. There's not an abundance of extras on the disc but one can't really expect it either. The film in itself is good value for money. B+ overall.


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