Venus in Furs (1969 film)
|Venus in Furs|
Poster under Italian title
|Directed by||Jesús Franco|
|Produced by||Harry Alan Towers|
|Written by||Milo G. Cuccia
|Music by||Mike Hugg
|Edited by||Henry Batista
|Distributed by||American International Pictures|
|Running time||86 minutes|
Venus in Furs (Italian: Paroxismus - Può una morta rivivere per amore?, German: Schwarzer Engel) is a 1969 Italian supernatural erotic thriller film directed by Jesús Franco and starring James Darren.
The film (also known as Paroxismus and Black Angel) bears only a superficial resemblance to the 1870 Venus in Furs novel by Leopold von Sacher Masoch. The title and character names in Franco's original script were changed to the novel's for commercial reasons. Franco's film is a surreal supernatural erotic thriller about unattainable love and how far one is willing to go for the person they desire. It is not a study in masochism as portrayed in the novel.
James Darren plays a jazz musician who becomes obsessed to the point of madness with the mysterious fur-clad Wanda (Maria Rohm), only to find her dead body washed up on the beach.
- James Darren as Jimmy Logan
- Barbara McNair as Rita
- Maria Rohm as Wanda Reed
- Klaus Kinski as Ahmed Kortobawi
- Dennis Price as Percival Kapp
- Margaret Lee as Olga
- Adolfo Lastretti as Insp. Kaplan (as Aldo Lastretti)
- Jesus Franco as Jazz musician (uncredited)
- Manfred Mann as Jazz musician (uncredited)
- Paul Muller as Hermann (uncredited)
- Mirella Pamphili (uncredited)
The New York Times wrote a negative a review of Venus in Furs on its initial release, stating that the film "features much inept fancy moviemaking (including echoes of "La Dolce Vita" and even "Vertigo"), some semi-nudity, and virtually endless confusion". Glenn Erickson was more positive.
- Greenspun, Roger. "New York Times: Venus in Furs". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- Firsching, Robert. "Venus in Furs > Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved July 18, 2009.
- Greenspun, Roger (September 10, 1970). "Venus in Furs (1969) The Screen: 2 Rated 'R':'Swappers' Shares Bill With 'Venus in Furs'". The New York Times (New York). Retrieved July 18, 2009.
- Erickson, Glenn (March 27, 2005). "DVD Savant Review: Venus in Furs". Retrieved January 29, 2014.
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