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The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (1970)

Cast: Edwige Fenech, George Hilton
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: No Shame
Genre: Cult, Drama, Foreign, Erotica
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English
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In this flashy giallo from Italian filmmaker Sergio Martino, Julie Wardh (Edwige Fenech) is a lovely but jaded woman who is no longer satisfied in her relationship with husband Neil (Alberto de Mendoza), a wealthy but emotionally cold man of privilege. However, as she ponders the fate of her marriage, her thoughts often turn to her former lover Jean (Ivan Rassimov), a cruel libertine with a taste for inflicting pain. Julie meets handsome George (George Hilton) at a wild party and discovers he's attracted to her just as she's drawn to him. Julie and George are soon involved in a torrid affair, but it's Julie's poor fortune that Jean attended the party where they first met and knows about her new infidelity. Even worse, Jean is willing to blackmail Julie to get what he wants, forcing her into a desperate situation. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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I can't believe that this has such a low rating by djmarco August 14, 2011 - 1:05 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
One of the best giallos ever made. Tense, erotic, gripping story that is paced well and helped set a high standard that other directors, including Argento, would later embody these scenes.

Twisting and Turning by dwilliams666 December 29, 2006 - 5:23 AM PST
One of the most twisted (plot-wise) giallos I've seen. A bit convulted but good fun nevertheless. Well worth a viewing for anyone interested in the genre and definately a must-see for fans of Edwige Fenech who contrary to other reviews, is not a bad actresses at all and who (at the time) had neither silicone implants nor plastic surgery. In fact Ms. Fenech, who is hovering around 50 or 60 now, still looks damn good.

You've gotta love that "h"! by talltale October 11, 2006 - 8:50 PM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH, an early Italian Giallo, is loads of fun, mostly due to a plot that, toward the end, offers oodles of twists and turns, some of these even a little surprising. The early 1970 fashions are, as usual, a hoot to view, as are the mostly wooden performances, particularly from lead actress Edwige Fenech, who, from the look of things may have been an early silicon recipient.

Although Giallo was known in its day for gore and blood, by present-time standards, it's remarkably tame. To learn what the heck that "h" is doing in Mrs. Ward's name, watch the 30-minute Special Feature update with director, writer, producer and some cast members. It, like the movie, is a lot of fun and, boy, does Edwige Fenech still look fabulous, even if she is shot in soft-focus. Who says plastic surgery doesn't help?!

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Based in Rome and LA, NoShame specializes in making under-recognized treasures of Italian cinema, be they arty or campy, available to our grateful eyes.

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