Strano Vizio della Signora Wardh, Lo (1971, ITA/SPA) C-100m. SCOPE *** D: Sergio Martino. Starring George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Ivan Rassimov, Alberto de Mendoza, Cristina (Conchita) Airoldi, Carlo Alighiero. Interesting giallo-mystery about Fenech, the bored wife of businessman de Mendoza, who seems to have masochistic fantasies involving former lover Rassimov. During a stay in Vienna, she becomes involved with ladykiller Hilton, while there is a real killer stalking young women at night. Serpentine story does not always make sense, and film has some pacing flaws, but overall remains a most watchable thriller with stylish, creative direction and a good score by Nora Orlandi (reused by Quentin Tarantino in KILL BILL: VOL.2!). Fenech's tour-de-force performance makes this an absolute must for her fans. More in Dario Argento's psychological mold than other examples of this genre. Cowritten by Ernesto Gastaldi. Beware edited prints. English titles: BLADE OF THE RIPPER, NEXT!, THE NEXT VICTIM, and THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH.


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