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The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

Lo strano vizio della signora Wardh (original title)
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An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

Director:

Sergio Martino

Writers:

Eduardo Manzanos (original story) (as Eduardo M. Brochero), Eduardo Manzanos (screenplay) (as Eduardo M. Brochero) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Hilton ... George Corro
Edwige Fenech ... Julie Wardh
Conchita Airoldi ... Carol Brandt (as Cristina Airoldi)
Manuel Gil ... Dr. Arbe (as Manuel Gill)
Carlo Alighiero Carlo Alighiero ... Commissioner
Ivan Rassimov ... Jean
Alberto de Mendoza ... Neil Wardh
Bruno Corazzari ... Killer
Marella Corbi Marella Corbi ... Victim who escapes from the killer
Miguel del Castillo Miguel del Castillo ... Spanish Doctor
Luis de Tejada Luis de Tejada ... The inspector
Brizio Montinaro Brizio Montinaro ... Ospite Al party
Pouchi Pouchi ... Victim in the shower (as Pouchie)
Mira Vidotto Mira Vidotto ... Cameriera Della Wardh
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Storyline

Mrs. Julie Wardh returns to Vienna with her husband Neil Wardh, who is an investor in Wall Street. Julie and Neil have been married for one year but they do not love each other. Julie has a trauma from her former boyfriend Jean, who was a sadistic man. While Neil has meetings in Austria, Julie spends the vacation with her friend Carol Brandt. They go to a party where Carol introduces her handsome cousin George Corro, who has just inherited a fortune with her. When Julie sees Jean in the party, she decides to leave the place. Soon Julie, who is neglected by Neil, has a love affair with George. Meanwhile a serial-killer that kills women with a razor blade is terrifying Vienna and the inspector has no lead to follow. When Julie is blackmailed because of her love affair with George, she suspects Jean might be the blackmailer. Carol decides to go to the meeting with the blackmailer and is killed. Julie believes that Jean might be the wanted killer and decides to leave Vienna and Neil to go... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Spain | Austria

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

13 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Next Victim See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1971 and passed uncut for DVD in 2011. See more »

Goofs

When Julie hears the bellboy knock at the apartment door, she puts on a blue bathrobe without a belt. When she looks through the peephole to see who it is, she is wearing the same bathrobe, but as soon as she opens the door the robe has suddenly acquired a belt. See more »

Quotes

George Corro: My specialty is courting ladies in the presence of their husbands.
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Crazy Credits

"The very fact that the commandment says "do not kill" makes us aware and convinced that we are descended from an unbroken chain of generations of assassins, for whom the love of murder was in their blood, as it is perhaps in ours." - Sigmund Freud See more »

Alternate Versions

This was released at least twice on VHS in the United States. The version called Next Victim (box claims it runs 87 minutes) is quite different than the version released as Blade of The Ripper (box claims it runs 83 minutes). The film was shot in widescreen 2:35 and neither is letterboxed. The version released as Next Victim has had all of the nudity edited out of it. Blade of the Ripper has had the opening titles and several other sequences removed entirely, which accounts for the short running time. See more »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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excellent giallo, that had been made to look poor previously by poor quality videos
8 July 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on videotape, Alpha Video's pan and scan, cut version under the title Next! So generic was this release that it had a primitive painting on the cover pretty much unrelated to the movie.

No Shame has put a DVD of the movie out which is uncut and widescreen, with the original title. It's much better. To my mind, anyone complaining about the camera-work or lighting in the movie was really complaining about the bad pan and scan job, and the bad print quality. It looks really good on the DVD. There is some somewhat unusual camera-work, as when at a party, the camera bumps around a bit like the POV of one of the partiers. When someone is shot later on, the picture is again POV, going out of focus and dropping.

Mrs. Wardh is married to a diplomat (or stock broker? or diplomat who plays the stock market?), and it's a pretty bland marriage. She has an ex-lover named Jean who had really dominated her, and they had fairly violent sex (in one flashback, he uses a broken bottle for foreplay). She's glad to be done with him, and is disturbed when he tries to start things up again.

She also starts a new affair with her cousin George. He, at least, seems to be a decent guy and a good lover.

Meanwhile in the city, there is someone slashing women. And then Mrs. Wardh gets a note from a blackmailer. This is a really very good giallo movie, which gets very twisty at the end. The cinematography is in fact quite good, and there are a number of colorful locations, like a park that makes for a rendezvous with the blackmailer. The park scene is (coincidentally?) similar to one in Argento's 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971). Martino's direction compares pretty favorably with Argento's.


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