The Laughing Woman (1969)
aka The Frightened Woman
aka Femina ridens
Genre: Thriller | Sexploitation
Country: Italy | Director: Piero Schivazappa
Language: Italian | Subtitles: English & Italian
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Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 84mn
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Dr. Sayer (Philippe Leroy), a wealthy physician with psychological issues regarding the opposite sex, kidnaps an employee, Maria(Dagmar Lassander), a free-thinking liberal woman who believes men must be the ones “fixed” instead of females. Sayer retreats to his palatial estate, running Maria through a humiliating series of mind games, threatening to molest and kill her.
‘The Laughing Woman’ is a wonderful slice of 60s sexploitation – stylish, erotic and camp to the nth degree! Fans of Jess Franco’s non-horror movies like ‘Succubus’ and ‘Sadisterotica’, or Dallamano’s underrated ‘Venus In Furs’ (aka ‘The Devil In The Flesh’) will eat this baby up!
Philippe Leroy is well cast as Sayer, the rich, jaded sadist who likes to degrade women for kicks, and Dagmar Lassander (who some may remember from Fulci’s so-so ‘House By The Cemetery’) is equally good as the inquisitive journalist who unexpectedly finds herself trapped in his vicious games. She surprises Sayer (and us) by subverting his tricks and tortures, and takes him on a journey that he could never have foreseen, and the ending may be slightly predictable, but is still worth waiting for.
Like much of Franco’s output from the same period, this movie is equals parts art and trash, with many psychedelic touches, some very effective, and others unintentionally hilarious. You either dig this era and these kinds of movies, or you don’t. An underrated movie that deserves a much larger audience.