Venus in Furs (Paroxismus) (1970)




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Not to be confused with Massimo Dallamano's contemporaneous treatment of the Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch classic, this unrelated (but quite entertaining) thriller from cult director Jesus Franco was originally known as Black Angel. James Darren stars as Jimmy Logan, an American jazz musician in Turkey who finds the body of a dead girl washed ashore while coming down from an LSD trip on the beach. The woman, Wanda Reed (Maria Rohm), had been murdered by the sadistic Ahmed Kortobawi (Klaus Kinski) Percival Kapp (Dennis Price), and a lesbian fashion-photographer named Olga (Margaret Lee). Some time later, Jimmy goes to work in a Rio de Janeiro nightclub and moves in with Rita (Barbara McNair), a beautiful black singer. One day, a woman named Venus enters the club, and is a dead ringer for Wanda Reed. When the murders begin, the only motive seems to be revenge from beyond the grave. This well-made shocker contains some enjoyable songs and cameo appearances by the director and Manfred Mann as jazz musicians, as well as being the best of numerous collaborations between Franco and British producer Harry Alan Towers. Prints run 90 and 86 minutes. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Wow. I must have missed something. The lame-ass softcore ghost story with the Twilight Zone style twist ending I saw seems to be at odds with the ultra cool surreal film the rest of Flixster saw. When I set the DVR to record I thought I was going to see a kinky film about S&M parties or some such. Turns out the film description I based my judgment on was for a completely different film than the one that was televised. Imagine my disappointment at this dull nudity- and sex-filled but completely unerotic film with James Darren and singer Barbara McNair. It was so interesting I fell asleep three times. I thought about watching it again to see if I did indeed miss something, but I figure what's the point? It's not like it's going to get any better. Yawn....

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