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Jesús Franco (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
19 August 1969 (Italy) See more »
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A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists responsible for her death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Darren ... Jimmy Logan

Barbara McNair ... Rita

Maria Rohm ... Wanda Reed

Klaus Kinski ... Ahmed Kortobawi

Dennis Price ... Percival Kapp

Margaret Lee ... Olga

Adolfo Lastretti ... Insp. Kaplan (as Aldo Lastretti)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Olga (voice: english) (uncredited)

Jesús Franco ... Jazz musician (uncredited)
Manfred Mann ... Jazz musician (uncredited)

Paul Muller ... Hermann (uncredited)
Mirella Pamphili ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)
Writing credits
Jesús Franco (screenplay) and
Malvin Wald (screenplay)

Jesús Franco (from a story by)

Milo G. Cuccia  writer (uncredited)
Carlo Fadda  writer (uncredited)
Bruno Leder  writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Harry Alan Towers .... producer
Original Music by
Mike Hugg 
Manfred Mann 
Stu Phillips (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Angelo Lotti 
Film Editing by
Henry Batista 
Michael Pozen  (as Mike Pozen)
Nicholas Wentworth (original version)
Stanley Frazen (uncredited)
Production Management
Harry Eisen .... post-production supervisor
Robert S. Eisen .... post-production supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Paroxsysmos" -
"Può una morta rivivere per amore? - Paroxismus" - Italy (long title)
"Schwarzer Engel" - Germany (alternative title)
"Venus im Pelz" - Germany (imdb display title)
"Venus in Furs" - USA
"Γυμνή Αφροδίτη" - Greece
"Венера в мехах" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Gymni Afroditi" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"To fantasma tis Afroditis" - Greece (DVD title)
"Vênus em Fúria" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Venus in Furs" - France (DVD title)
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | New Zealand:R18 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | UK:18 (cut) | UK:X (cut) (1971) | UK:Rejected (original rating) (1970) | USA:R (certificate #22604)

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Klaus Kinski replaced Rossano Brazzi.See more »
Jimmy Logan:She was beautiful, even though she was dead.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Jesús in Furs (2005) (V)See more »
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15 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Amazing! Venus in Furs Will be Smiling (sing it with me), 12 June 2005
Author: NateManD from Bloomsburg PA

At first I was apprehensive in seeing this film. I had never seen a Jess Franco film, and was expecting cheap exploitation. I was amazed at the story, it had a raw sensuality like Russ Meyer and the psychological intensity of David Lynch. I was almost reminded of the movie Siesta with Ellin Barken, which was made seventeen years later. Anyways, James Darrin is a trumpet player. On a beach he digs up his trumpet, not remembering berrying it. A beautiful topless women washes on shore and from that point on, we meet an assortment of strange characters and witness strange sexual events. Reality and Fantasy collide, making the film a lush and hallucinatory experience. The dead girl on the beach is somehow still alive, and somehow his journey starts in Istanbul and ends in Rio. Look for handsome Klaus Kinski as a sort of rich Turk aristocrat into bizarre kink. This film is beautifully shot and much too artistic to be labeled exploitation. If you enjoyed Lost Highway, Siesta or any Russ Meyer film, you'll more than likely enjoy Venus in Furs. I also Loved the theme song. Venus in Furs Will Be Smiling (Oh Yeah)

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