“Black Venus” is a staggering odyssey of savage rape, Sapphic lust & extreme carnal degradation

By on June 28, 2019

In the kinky costume melodrama Black Venus, (1983), viewers are taken on what our friends at Severin Films describe as a “staggering odyssey of savage rape, Sapphic lust and extreme carnal degradation” in 19th Century France.

Watch the uncut, remastered/restored 95-minute version of the decidedly NSFW Black Venus — seriously, there’s tons of nudity and sex acts on display here — on Night Flight Plus.

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Emiliano Redondo plays wealthy art collector (“Jacques”), who, one fateful day — is visiting a Parisian bordello.

Looking through a two-way mirror, he spies a stunningly beautiful black prostitute from Martinique named “Venus,” played by Josephine Jacqueline Jones, ex-Miss Bahamas 1979, making her very first onscreen appearance.

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Redondo then flashes back to the time years earlier when he introduced Venus to his sculptor pal “Armand” (José Antonio Ceinos).

Amand became instantly enamored with the ebony seductress, taking her as his lover and having her model for a statue, Black Venus.

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Armand becomes so obsessed with Venus — who returns her love to him, the starving artist living in penury and squalor — but because he can’t pay the rent, she gets a job as a model for a local dressmaker, “Madame Jean” (Spanish Eurocult legend Helga Liné), giving him the money.

Several of Madame Jean’s customers also fall deeply in lust with Venus (not unexpected), including wealthy blonde babe “Marie” (German actress Karin Schubert), but Armand became so jealous of their attention that he struck out at her in violent rage, driving his muse away.

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Venus soon moves in with the bisexually-inclined Marie, becoming her sexual plaything.

Then, Marie’s husband “Pierre” (no idea what this actor’s name is, he gets no credit anywhere) returns home after being gone for awhile, and he instantly begins to get his own crazy sex-mad ideas about Venus.

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Pierre commands Venus to hop into bed with his own 17-year old lover, “Louise” (the lovely Florence Guérin).

Pierre then throws an orgy for his friends, which freaks the fuck out of Venus, who goes back to modelling for the dressmaker Madame Jean.

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Mandy Rice-Davies

Louise, meanwhile, becomes a prostitute at the brothel run by “Madame Lili” — she’s played by Mandy Rice-Davies, who in real life as a teen temptress quite scandalously nearly brought down the British government with the Profumo affair — where we also see a stunning 20-year old Monique Gabrielle playing the prostitute “Ingrid.”

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At this point, the film’s long flashback sequence returns us back to the present, where we see that sculptor Armand has finally finished his Black Venus statue, but despite being broke and sick, he refuses to sell it to anyone.

His well-to-do pal Jacques insists on purchasing Black Venus, however, and then — after paying off both of her employees, Madame Jean and Madame Lili — he spirits both Venus and Louise back to Spain, where they all live in great luxury.

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There’s a great scene here where Venus and Louise frolic naked in the sea, rolling around on the sand like a couple of lovestruck lesbians.

There’s also a heavy denouement to this Vaseline-lensed bit of early ’80s Penthouse-style erotica which we’re leaving for you to discover on your own.

Read more about Black Venus below.

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Black Venus was inspired by Honoré de Balzac’s 160-pg. novella Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece,) first published in August 1831.

Balzac’s story was set in 1612, in and around a studio in the rue des Grandes-Augustins in Paris.

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As you see, prolific French filmmaker Claude Mulot and exploitation producer Harry Alan Towers (curiously billed as “Peter Welebck”) made considerable changes here to Balzac’s sexy saga (pas de merde, Night Flight!).

We’re mainly talking about making Venus black, making Armand’s artwork a statue, not a painting, and setting this story in the 19th Century, not the 17th.

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Black Venus was part of Towers’ made-for-cable-TV six-movie deal for America’s Playboy Channel, which only broadcast “softcore” Skinemax-style movies because hey aren’t allowed to televise anything rated X.

Towers set up his film production company in the tax haven of Nassau, Bahamas, where is also where he likely discovered lovely Ms. Jones, who had been crowned & sashed Miss Bahamas just a few years earlier, in 1979.

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Ms. Jones appeared in only a few more films, including her co-starring turn in the Towers-produced Christina (1984, also available from Severin Films), La Ronde de L’amour (1985, a.k.a. Love Circles), and Warrior Queen (1987).

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Both Karin Schubert and Florence Guérin ended up leading tragic personal lives off-screen.

Schubert’s downsloping slide in her European cinematic career ultimately led to appearances in X-rated porn flicks and men’s magazines, and a suicide attempt, while in Guérin’s case, her life was turned upside down after a horrible drunk driver-caused accident led to major health problems and the death of her son.

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Claude Mulot (b. 1942) made a spate of films in several exploitation genres (mainly horror, comedy and thriller).

Most of his actual filmed output, however, were softcore & hardcore X-rated adult films, notably Pussy Talk (1975) and Les petites écolières (1980, starring Brigitte Lahaie), often using pseudonyms (he’s credited as “Frédéric Lansac” on a number of films; also “Claude Pierson”).

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Black Venus was his penultimate film, his very last being 1986’s Le Couteau sous la gorge.

Tragically, that very same year, Claude Mulot drowned in Saint-Tropez, France, where director Max Pécas was filming his screenplay for On se calme et on boit frais à Saint-Tropez.

He was 44 years old.

Watch Black Venus and other vintage sex romps and erotic comedies from our friends at Severin Films on Night Flight Plus.

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.