We’re sad to report that on the eve of the release of what he considered his masterpiece Writer/Director Rino Di Silvestro succumbed to cancer on October 3rd. Rino was overjoyed when we told him that Severin would finally be giving HANNA D. THE GIRL FROM VONDEL PARK its overdue DVD bow on October 27th. We had already shot an interview with him for the DVD a couple of years ago but he was adamant that a new, final interview be shot earlier this year. Even though he was in poor health the eccentric auteur was able to discuss, without holding back, his writing and directing process and express his deepest feelings about depicting the dark descent of a young girl into the world of hard drugs and prostitution. The film is a testament to his unique and sometimes bizarre vision. Rino is perhaps best known for directing WEREWOLF WOMAN and his other credits include DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS and WOMEN OF CELL BLOCK 7.Within months of the release of the ‘sweet-teen-turned-heroin-addict-prostitute’ hit CHRISTIANE F., European producers rushed to copy its shocking plot. But no film aimed lower than this 1984 filth-fest from writer/director ‘Axel Berger’, a.k.a. Italian SleazeMaster Rino Di Silvestro of WEREWOLF WOMAN and WOMEN IN CELL BLOCK 7 infamy. As Dutch schoolgirl Hanna D, Ann-Gisel Glass delivers an eye-popping performance that takes her from coy teenage tease to depraved junkie whore, complete with a parade of perversion that includes voyeurism, mutilation, sleazy pimps, cheezy love songs, drunk nude mothers and more. Karin Schubert (BLACK EMANUELLE) and Tony Lombardo (RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR) co-star in this deliciously sordid saga filmed on location in Amsterdam, rescued from a bankruptcy auction in Rome, and presented uncut and uncensored for the first time ever in America!
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