Venus in Furs (1969 Franco film)

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]

Venus in Furs
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byJesús Franco
Produced byHarry Alan Towers
Written by
Music by
CinematographyAngelo Lotti
Edited by
  • Henry Batista
  • Michael Pozen
  • Cinematografica Associati (CI.AS.)
  • Terra-Filmkunst
  • Towers of London Productions
Distributed by
Release date
  • 19 August 1969 (1969-08-19)
Running time
86 minutes
  • Italy
  • West Germany

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]


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.



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]

See also


  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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