Venus in Furs (1969 Dallamano film)

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Directed by Massimo Dallamano
Produced byAlfredo Leone (uncredited)
Written byInge Hilger
Fabio Massimo
Starring Laura Antonelli
Régis Vallée
Werner Pochath
Music by Gian Franco Reverberi
CinematographySergio D'Offizi
Release date
  • 1969 (1969)

Venus in Furs (Italian : Venere in pelliccia) (also known as Devil in the Flesh) is a 1969 Italian erotic drama film directed by Massimo Dallamano. Based on the novel Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the film was first released in 1969 in Germany under the title Venuz im pelz. [1] In Italy, the film did not pass the censorship examination because of the sex scenes deemed too rough and all attempts to overcome the censorship's remarks, with various cut versions, were unsuccessful. [1] The film was eventually released in 1973 under the title Venere nuda, but even this cut version was confiscated after a few days for contempt of decency. [1] [2] In 1975, the film was finally released in Italian cinemas under the title Le malizie di Venere, in a heavily censored version which was altered by a new editing and by the introduction of new scenes filmed by Paolo Heusch, which turned the film plot into a giallo . [1] The new title was a specific reference to lead actress Laura Antonelli's box-office success in Malizia (1973). [1]

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