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.
|Venus in Furs|
Italian theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jesús Franco|
|Produced by||Harry Alan Towers|
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, 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)
- Jesús Franco as jazz musician (uncredited)
- Manfred Mann as jazz musician (uncredited)
- Paul Muller as Hermann (uncredited)
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". Glenn Erickson was more positive.
- Greenspun, Roger. "New York Times: Venus in Furs". NY Times. Retrieved 24 October 2008.
- Firsching, Robert. "Venus in Furs > Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
- 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.
- Erickson, Glenn (27 March 2005). "DVD Savant Review: Venus in Furs". Retrieved 29 January 2014.