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15 July 2009

"I'd Like to Paint You Nude in a Field of Wheat"

My somewhat overly analytical review of Shameless Entertainment's DVD of BABA YAGA: THE FINAL CUT is up at Lovelockandload. Milanese photographer Valentina (based on Italian comic book artist Guido Crepax's Louise Brooks-lookalike heroine) becomes the object of obsession for witchy Baba Yaga (Carroll Baker) who hexes her camera and gifts her with a Victorian doll dressed in leather gear. Valentina begins having surreal dreams and is further drawin into Baba Yaga's mysterious and perverse world. Previously released in a test-audience-approved cut version in the US by Blue Underground (with deleted scenes as extras), Shameless have collaborated with director Corrado Farina to restore the film to his intended vision with some politically-charged scenes of sex and violence (more campy than controversial these days) as well as some censor-mandated deletions. Farina appears in an interview and the disc also includes two of his short documentaries and a subtitle commentary fact track.

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