THE WHIP AND THE BODY
LA FRUSTA E IL CORPO
1963, Kino Lorber, 87 min, Italy/France, Dir: Mario Bava

Demonic aristocrat Christopher Lee returns from the dead to whip his brother’s wife, Daliah Lavi, into a sexual ecstasy in this chilling essay on the ties that bind. Amour fou is taken to its ultimate conclusion in a deliriously romantic study in perverse psychology, widely censored at the time of its release and our choice as the most sumptuous, atmosphere-drenched Gothic chiller from the last 50 years! Carlo Rustichelli provided the melancholic score, rife with haunting love themes for the damned. “Lee once said that this inspired sadomasochistic fantasy is the best of his Italian films … Bava creates an uncannily sensuous atmosphere, especially when he trains his camera on Lavi, obsessively detailing her face as desire, pleasure and pain mingle in a hallucinatory erotic delirium.” – Phil Hardy, Overlook Film Encyclopedia of Horror.


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