(aka "Malizie di Venere" or "Venere in Pelliccia" or "Devil in the Flesh" or "Venus im Pelz" )

 

directed by Massimo Dallamano
Italy/Germany/Switzerland 1969

 

While vacationing at a lake resort wealthy writer Severin (Régis Vallée) meet photomodel Wanda (Laura Antonelli) who likes to lounge about her cabin in a fur coat and nothing else. This image recalls for Severin a childhood memory of being beaten by the family maid for spying on her and her lover. Severin and Wanda marry and he instructs her to treat him as a slave and punish him. He dresses up as her chauffeur and procures other men for her. Things take a turn when Wanda meets a new lover who is less than receptive to this arrangement.

One of two 1969 films under that title (the other being Jess Franco's superior jazzy fever-dream film which has nothing to do with Sacher-Masoch's novel), Massimo Dallamano's (THE CURSED MEDALLION) adaptation is truer to the novel which itself is but still feels light lightweight sixties fluff despite the novelty of nudity; never as transgressive as the original novel apparently was (certainly not enough to be trimmed by the BBFC). Dallamano and DP Sergio D'Offizi trot out the wide angle lenses, filters, and occasional psychedelic lighting (and some post production solarization I think) and view the sex scenes through all sorts of beaded curtains, keyholes, peepholes, and masks and Gianfranco Reverberi contributes the usual lounge score but it pales in comparison to other works of kitschy European erotica (like Shameless' subsequent release THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 26 November 1969 (Germany)

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DVD Review: Shameless - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Shameless

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:22:06 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.72 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Shameless

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (3:19)
• Flavia the Heretic Trailer
• Black Cat Trailer
• Ratman Trailer
• The Frightened Woman Trailer
• Night Train Murders Trailer
• The Killer Nun Trailer

DVD Release Date: 31 Dec 2007
Amaray

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Comments:

Previously available in an expensive fullscreen DVD from Japan (with only one instance of optical fogging), Massimo Dallamano's VENUS IN FURS is presented here in anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1 looking as nice as the original elements probably allow (2-perf Techniscope and soft focus photography) but was cut by 1 minute by the BBFC (the cut footage is available as streaming video at Shameless's website - as is the footage cut from their NEW YORK RIPPER release). There is naturalistic grain throughout and a little bit of blocking in some of the dark shots.  

The Italian DVD that is now available is likely the cut reissue version since it is listed under the title VENERE IN PELLICCIA rather than the film's original Italian release title LE MALIZIE DE VENERE.

 - Eric Cotenas



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