Top positive review
“You just want to take over the world!” [Dr Sayer],
14 April 2016
In this 1969 Italian thriller [overdubbed into English] [aka: The Laughing Woman, aka: Femina ridens] Dr Sayer [Phillippe Leroy] is a wealthy fantasist and believes that women want to rid the world of men and has a deep inability to emotionally connect with women, so when his weekend call-girl fails to show, he can’t resist the chance to kidnap a feminist journalist for his s/m games but is she the innocent victim she appears?
Despite the overall plot, this is full of wicked dark humour and is a visual feast for those who love late 60s kitsch. The acting is over the top, the lines often corny, but that’s its charm. There is a sexual theme, but its all done in a rather innocent, even naive style. And the atmosphere is that utopian futuristic approach so typical at the end of the 60s.
The single disc opens to 6 trailers, then offers play, scene selection, theatrical trailer and shameless treats [the opening 6 trailers]. The 18 rating now seems a little out of place as there is no horror or swearing here, and the nudity is topless or bare bottom, and not that frequent. This is late 60s early 70s surrealism at its peak, encapsulating the wacky humour of series like ‘The Avengers’, the futuristic interior design of ‘UFO’ and ‘Space 1999’ with sets and settings that conjure up ‘James Bond’ and an overall feel of ‘The Prisoner’. So if you liked any of those items, this may appeal, but if you can’t abide retro ‘futuristic’ arty type films, then best to avoid this.