Venus in Furs (18)

9.25pm / + Introduction by Stephen Thrower

14 February 2015
Cinema 1

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This gorgeous, dreamlike tale of erotic obsession from Spanish director Jess Franco was inspired by a conversation with legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, who described to him one of the long reveries he experienced while playing a solo.

A trumpet player in an Istanbul jazz venue witnesses the murder of a beautiful blonde jet-setter at the hands of three thrill-seeking aristos (among them depraved, blood-supping playboy Klaus Kinski). Haunted by the memory of this incident, he moves to Rio and begins an affair with a nightclub singer but becomes increasingly obsessed with a mysterious woman who is a dead-ringer for the murdered Wanda.

A winning combination of softcore grindhouse and avant-garde techniques, this film is as free-form as great jazz and features a lively jazz-influenced score by British musician Manfred Mann and his band, some of it performed on screen.

Germany/Italy/UK 1969 Dir Jess Franco 86 min

Curated by Cigarette Burns Cinema and with thanks to the American Genre Film Archive for the use of their rare original 35mm release print

This event is part of:
My Twisted Valentine

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