ORGASMO (AKA PARANOIA)

Umberto Lenzi, Italy, 1969, Severin Films, Cult

Writer/director Umberto Lenzi helmed popular peplums, created extreme poliziotteschi, and invented the Italian cannibal phenomenon. Hollywood actress Carroll Baker was the Oscar-nominated star of BABY DOLL, GIANT and THE CARPETBAGGERS. Together, at the dawn of the giallo, they made four landmark films that would forever alter the Italian genre landscape.

In their first startling collaboration (originally released stateside as PARANOIA), Baker is an American widow who arrives at her late husband’s luxurious Italian estate and surrenders to an orgy of ménages-à-trois, madness, and murder. Lenzi boldly fills the screen with bourgeois depravity, daring sexuality and unnerving twists so odd, disturbing and well-made that this delirious giallo feels like a drug.

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Details

  • 97 min
  • Color
  • 2.35:1

Formats

  • DCP
  • 35mm

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