Venus in Furs / Le malizie di Venere (1969)

4.0 out of 5

Based on the novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the man who inspired the word masochism, Venus in Furs is a love story with a difference.

When Severin, Régis Vallée, spies upon Wanda, Laura Antonelli, in her chalet he feels the awakening of feelings deep within that have their root in childhood experiences. He desires to surrender to Wanda unconditionally, to allow and encourage her to cheat on, humiliate and to whip him. For him this ultimate surrender is the ultimate expression of love.

Directed by Massimo Dallamano, who brought us What Have They Done to Solange? and the violent Colt 38 Special Squad before his death in 1976, Venus in Furs is a beautiful though somewhat unusual love story that stands up well to repeat viewing.

With beautiful locations lovingly shot in Techniscope, and a mesmerizing score provided by Gianfranco Reverberi, this Italian, Swiss and German co-production is a true guilty pleasure for lovers of classic erotic cinema European style.

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