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The Whip and the Body (1963)

La frusta e il corpo (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Romance | 10 December 1965 (USA)
The ghost of a sadistic nobleman attempts to rekindle his romance with his terrorized, masochistic ex-lover, who is unwillingly affianced to his brother.

Director:

Mario Bava (as John M. Old)

Writers:

Ernesto Gastaldi (story and screenplay) (as Julian Berry), Ugo Guerra (story and screenplay) (as Robert Hugo) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Daliah Lavi ... Nevenka
Christopher Lee ... Kurt Menliff
Tony Kendall ... Christian Menliff
Evelyn Stewart ... Katia (as Isli Oberon)
Harriet Medin ... Giorgia (as Harriet White)
Gustavo De Nardo ... Count Vladimir Menliff (as Dean Ardow)
Jacques Herlin ... Priest
Luciano Pigozzi ... Losat (as Alan Collins)
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Storyline

After the announcement of the servant Losat, the nobleman Kurt Menliff returns to the castle of his family at the seaside to congratulate his brother Christian Menliff for his marriage with his former lover Nevenka. Kurt feels the hatred and the fear of his father Count Menliff and the servant Giorgia, who blames him for seducing and killing her daughter, and indifference from his cousin Katia. On the next afternoon, the sadistic Kurt meets Nevenka riding a horse alone on the beach and whips the masochistic woman and makes love with her. Late night, Nevenka is missing and everybody is seeking her while Kurt is stabbed in the neck with the same dagger that Giorgia's daughter was murdered. On the next days, the members of the family suspects of each other while Nevenka is haunted by the ghost of Kurt. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

The most deliriously romantic horror picture ever made! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

10 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tor Caldara, Lazio, Italy

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Budget:

$66,500 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1964) (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Christopher Lee had hoped to work with Director Mario Bava on another movie, but their busy schedules kept them from working together again. Lee had also heard inaccurate rumors suggesting that Bava's mental health was in decline, and upon seeing A Bay of Blood (1971), he was so disgusted by its violence that he left the theater in protest. See more »

Quotes

Kurt Menliff: [to Nevenka] You haven't changed, I see. You've always loved violence.
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Alternate Versions

The region 2 German DVD (PAL format, released by E.M.S./new media) has the two above mentioned shots put back into the film (film is uncut) as well as having virtually all of the same special features as the VCI DVD version. See more »

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Christopher Lee in one of His Best roles of his career
29 June 2000 | by eibon09See all my reviews

La Frusta E Il Corpo/The Whip & The Body(1963) is an excellent gothic masterpiece that was ahead of its time in 1963 due to the strong imagery of erotic violence. Christopher Lee plays his most evil and sadistic character up to date(I have not seen his film, The Bloody Judge(1969)). His performance proves that he had an awesome presence within him. One theme that regularly occurs in many of Bava's films is the notion of the double that is present in movies like The Mask of Satan(1960), Kill Baby Kill(1967), and The Hatchet for the Honeymoon(1969). This is a great film that is overlooked by many Mario Bava supporters as it is also his best. The best parts of the film was the use of color and how he utizied color in the beautiful film. This movie is one that hopefully in the near future will get the video treatment that it deserves.


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