Venus in Furs (1969 Franco film)

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Venus in Furs
Paroxismus.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byJesús Franco
Produced byHarry Alan Towers
Written byMilo G. Cuccia
Carlo Fadda
Jesús Franco
Bruno Leder
Malvin Wald
StarringJames Darren
Maria Rohm
Barbara McNair
Klaus Kinski
Dennis Price
Margaret Lee
Paul Muller
Music byMike Hugg
Manfred Mann
Stu Phillips
CinematographyAngelo Lotti
Edited byHenry Batista
Michael Pozen
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date
  • 19 August 1969 (1969-08-19)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryItaly
West Germany
LanguageEnglish

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.[1]

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.[2]

Premise[edit]

James Darren plays a jazz musician who becomes obsessed to the point of madness with the mysterious fur-clad Wanda, only to find her dead body washed up on the beach.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The New York Times gave Venus in Furs a negative review 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".[3] Glenn Erickson was more positive.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenspun, Roger. "New York Times: Venus in Furs". NY Times. Retrieved 24 October 2008.
  2. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Venus in Furs > Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  3. ^ Greenspun, Roger (10 September 1970). "Venus in Furs (1969) The Screen: 2 Rated 'R':'Swappers' Shares Bill With 'Venus in Furs'". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  4. ^ Erickson, Glenn (27 March 2005). "DVD Savant Review: Venus in Furs". Retrieved 29 January 2014.

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