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Ms .45
Original title:
Angel of Vengeance
Slovenian title:
Angel maščevanja
Section:
HOMMAGE: ABEL FERRARA
Country, year:
USA, 1981
Length:
80
Directed by:
Abel Ferrara
Screenplay:
Nicholas St. John
Cinematography:
James Momel
Music:
Joe Delia
Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
English
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Cast:
Zoë Tamerlis (Thana), Albert Sinkys (Albert), Darlene Stuto (Laurie), Helen McGara (Carol), Nike Zachmanoglo (Pamela), Abel Ferrara (prvi posiljevalec), Peter Yelle (vlomilec), Editta Sherman (ga. Nasone), Vincent Gruppi (zoprnež na vogalu), S. Edward Singer (fotograf), James Albanese (Nick)
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Description:
The film plays with the exploitation genre and the 'revenge for rape' narrative, featuring seventeen-year-old Zoë Tamerlis in the lead role. Initially raising a storm of controversy, Ms.45 grew to become a cult classic.
In Manhattan, Thana is a timid and mute woman that works as a seamstress in the fashion industry and spends most of her idle time at home. One night, she gets raped in an alley while going back home after hours and when she arrives at home, she gets raped again by another criminal. However, she reacts and bludgeons the assaulter to his death with a flatiron. The disturbed Thana loses her sanity and uses a .45 calibre pistol to shoot men on the streets of New York. She dresses suggestively and roams the dark streets alone, wreaking vengeance upon anyone who tries to take advantage of her. Eventually, her secret identity overflows into her regular life in the fashion industry.

"Zoë was the ultimate feminist and she just sort of saw the film in a different way. She'd talk all day and night about the feminism in this movie. It was written by a guy, it was directed by a guy, but it was acted by her. The woman's side of this movie is right there in the person who's playing it." (Abel Ferrara)