Edwige Fenech

Edwige Fenech is a French-born Italian actress most known for her acting work in a string of Italian giallo films and numerous erotic comedies released throughout the 1970s. Fenech’s capable acting delivered memorable performances from vulnerable innocence to cunning seductress to sassy sex symbol. Photographers and directors capitalized on her unique looks by showcasing her flowing dark locks, expressive eyes, and curvaceous figure, causing Fenech’s popularity to soar throughout the decade.

This particular installment of Ladies of Exploitation breaks format to do something a little different. Here is a short pictorial of Edwige Fenech from a variety of genre movies in which she appeared and ones that the BBandBC crew highly recommend you visit at least once.

While Fenech often appeared nude in most of her films, we will not be displaying nudity in this article. Be prepared, however, as there may be some censored material.

5 DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON (1970) – A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped with a murderer in their midst. Directed by Mario Bava with touches of black humor, this early Fenech film easily captures her alluring nature and why she would go on to become an icon of 70s European genre cinema.

ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK (1972) – A woman recovering from a car accident in which she loses her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers. Directed by Sergio Martino, this giallo features Fenech in the lead role, dealing with personal tragedy, surreal nightmares and a black magic cult.

YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (1972) – A series of murders are committed near the estate of a degenerate author and his abused wife. Another Sergio Martino directed picture, Fenech’s supporting role is a pivotal element in propelling the sleazy plot of this vicious thriller forward.

THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS (1972) – Beautiful young model Jennifer Lansbury and her goofy friend Marilyn Ricci move into a swanky high-rise apartment after the previous tenant gets brutally murdered. Fenech’s seductive presence elevates this slightly convoluted murder mystery.

STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER (1975) – When a fashion model dies during an abortion, a series of murders begins starting with her doctor. Fenech anchors a sordid and grotesquely misogynistic film that purveys violence, nudity and inexhaustible sleaziness.

THE SCHOOLTEACHER GOES TO BOYS’ HIGH (1978) – Edwige Fenech stars in this Italian sex-comedy as a new teacher in an all-boys Catholic school. All of the boys desire to “learn” more about their new teacher but only one student gets that opportunity.

A POLICE WOMAN ON THE PORNO SQUAD (1979) – Gianna, a sexy police woman, helps a child search for his mother who ends up a prostitute forced into making pornography. She goes undercover in order to break up the prostitution porn ring. This sex comedy is one of a series where Fenech played a recurring role as Gianna

These are just a few movie suggestions from the gang here at Badasses, Boobs and Body Counts. Edwige Fenech had a long fruitful career and can be seen in dozens and dozens of other exploitation films across a wide variety of genres.

Contributed by: Mike Murphy

2 comments

  1. It is nice to see the lovely Edwige Fenech getting some attention. I find her one of the top beauties in the history of cinema. What is special about her, though, is that her beauty came with a screen presence and acting abilities. She was particularly good as a comedienne. THE INCONSOLABLE WIDOW THANKS ALL THOSE WHO CONSOLED HER, from 1973, contains a gem of performance from her. (Must watch it in Italian for it, however.) No matter how sexist and exploitative the films she was in were, she usually found a way to rise above the material.

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