Review: The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

Leather gloves, razor blades and a naked Edwige Fenech. These are the main ingredients for a classic “Giallo”!

stragedvd“THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS WARDH” (Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh)
1971
Giallo
Italy

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Ivan Rassimov
Distributor: Shameless
Runtime: 97 mins.
DVD REGION 0

“My specialty is courting ladies in the presence of their husbands.”

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Mrs. Wardh is a young woman married to a diplomat. When they arrive in her home town, her troubled past with a sadomasochistic ex-boyfriend comes back to haunt her. She gets into a torrid affair with the playboy George, leaving her husband for a while. With these three men and a psycho killer on the streets getting dangerously close to Mrs. Wardh, the twisted story unfolds.

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In just three years director Sergio Martino made five giallos, all of them are classics. This is the first of his gialli. “Mrs Wardh” is a very typical giallo from the period, bearing all the classic signs of the genre. It was a well made, suspenseful and entertaining flick. It has nice settings, cool soundtrack and a story that is never boring. Also, the movie delivers all what a sweaty exploitation-geek need in flesh and killings.

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Highly recommended!

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The fully uncut Shameless DVD is looking good. As always they have done a dedicated and nice release. Also included is an interesting interview with director Sergio Martino.

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