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