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(Aka Barbed Wire Dolls)
in the soups, uniforms too short, no underwear and many torturea.
Franco and Dietrich do not save in this "Frauengefängnis",
worldwide known by the title "Barbed Wire Dolls" which someone say that
is the most "infamous" movie by Franco.
Whether this is true or not, we must admit that the Spanish director
(with the Swiss friend) create annoying movie, that from the dogma of
the "Women In Prison" adds a lot 'of violence and morbidity.
The result is not memorable, because "Frauengefängnis" is
sometimes boring, lost in its tortures, scenes a bit 'absurd and that
many female nudity, but opening the section "the corner of the maniac,"
we must admit that aren’t bad , as we find Lina Romay, the meteor
Martine Stedil and the very special charm of Monica Swinn. The men are
Paul Muller and Erik Falk, two faithful of Franco, two experts of genre
A strong cast, safe, who work in a story set in a prison built on an
island and in which the director (Monica Swinn) goes around in micro
shorts and unbuttoned shirt, loving the prisoners, usually drugged by
Dott.Costa (Paul Muller) and offered to the local squire, a voyeur
frightened by sex.
So very short uniform let see what's underneath and it is needless to
say that Franco focuses on the details very willingly, often for free,
placing the rest of the film on very special tortures and clinical
investigations. As genre wants there must be an escape from the prison,
which arrive very late and is a little 'twisted in its planning but
that leads us to a more than decent ending.
A Franco more static than usual, a little visionary, clings to several
suggestive images (oh no, we don’t talk about the girls but about
the island), that doesn’t save this work, which remains one of
the many “morbid” chapters of the collaboration between the
spanish and the swiss.
Lina Romay is one of the protagonists, Mary, imprisoned for killing his
father, played by Franco, after the latter had bothered. In the prison
she meets other prisoners including Bertha (played by Martine Stedil,
an actress that we wonder why she starred in only five films) that
becomes her friend. Bertha has a relationship with one of the jailers
and is the protagonist of the more morbid of the whole story, a medical
examination carried out by the Nazi-director interpreted as always by
Having said all that, we learn that the mouses have great nutritional value.
Titololo Original: Frauengefängnis
Alternative Titles: Barbed Wire Dolls (USA) Caged Women (UK), Woman Caged (Philippines: Inglese title), Women's Penitentiary IV
Director: Jess Franco
Duration: 90 '
Cast: Lina Romay, Paul Muller, Monica Swinn, Roger Darton, Ronald Weiss, Erik Falk
Studio: Elite Film