The Laughing and/or Frightened Woman

The original title is FEMINA RIDENS which translates as THE LAUGHING WOMAN, but the excellent restored DVD from Shameless Cinema goes with an English title of THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN, a dull phrase which fails to intrigue and has no music to it.

But by whichever name you call it, the movie — an eye-popping bit of gleeful mod cinema sadism — is the subject of this week’s final installment of the Forgotten Giallo series at The Daily Notebook, perhaps stretching a genre definition further than it can go, but what are you going to do? I’d simply suggest you head over there and get your eyes popped.

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4 Responses to “The Laughing and/or Frightened Woman”

  1. david wingrove Says:

    What a simply phenomenal film this is! Not really sleazy and gratuitous enough to be a giallo. More of a perverse love story in the style of The Night Porter or even Last Tango.

  2. David Boxwell Says:

    Off topic, but special: RIP Herbert Lom, you embodied glowering moody sinister masculinity.

  3. A sad day. I love Mr Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru (from memory).

    Blake Edwards: “I’ve seen you in all these serious movies… I think you’re very funny.”

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