The Master (Race) And Margherita

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Willkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome to Kitty’s brothel, where Kitty (Ingrid Thulin, Wild Strawberries) enjoys performing cabaret numbers…and it’s all good kinky fun ’til SS Officer Wallenberg (Helmut Berger) shows up to oversee the place, replace her girls with specially trained agents, and bug the rooms in order to weed out traitors to the Reich (or anybody with an inkling of a conscience). One such lovely spy, Margherita (Teresa Ann Savoy, Caligula, whose beauty and spirit reminds me of Brigitte Bardot, Maria Schneider and Candy Clark) falls in love with flyboy Hans, who begins to think that maybe this whole world domination trip isn’t such a good idea after all. The bad news is, Wallenberg has already staked his claim on Margherita, and is not about to let something as trivial as true love spoil his master plan…but he has seriously underestimated Margherita and Kitty…Salon Kitty is far from the typical sadistic, sleazy Nazisploitation picture. It’s sumptuously shot, surreal, genuinely erotic (imagine if The Night Porter had been directed by Fellini) and a deliciously wicked satire of nationalistic madness and power hunger…

Salon Kitty (Tinto Brass, 1976)

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