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The Libertine (1968)

Cast: Catherine Spaak, Catherine Spaak, Jean-Louis Trintignant, more...
Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile, Pasquale Festa Campanile
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Studio: First Run Features
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Italy, Erotica
Running Time: 90 min.
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When Catherine Spaak's husband dies, she discovers a hitherto hidden room on their estate. The room is surrounded by mirrors and curious sexual devices; when Spaak takes a peek at hubby's diary, she learns he was carrying on a secret life that made Sacher-Masoch and Krafft-Ebbing look like pikers. Deciding that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, Spaak begins to conduct her own kinky sex life. Doctor Jean-Louis Trintigant, who sincerely loves Spaak, tries to deflect her from whips, boots and handcuffs, but before long he too succumbs to the seductions of aberrant behavior. Libertine was originally released in Italy as La Matriarca. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Nostalgic eroticism by thingstodo February 26, 2006 - 12:28 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
A jaded wife finally is freed from her husband due to his passing. While cleaning up affairs she has come to inherit a secret apartment used for shagging, complete with ceilings and walls made of mirrors.

From then on, the movie follows our gal around as she "awakens" to her sexuality. All the interesting parts look like they were cut out. Whether it was a poor judgement for the editor as he was splicing clips for the DVD or if the American censors got to them I'm not sure. So watching it you'll just have to use your imagination more than usual when dealing with films of this type.

The music, which basically consists of one song replayed over and over again with different instrumentation and finally ending being sang in English, is reminisent of the era. Together with the wardrobes, hairstyles, the slow-mos, and props all around, this is a great film for the nostalgic ones hoping to indulge, if only for a short while, some old fantasies from another time in the past before AIDS and all the complexities of the present scene.

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(Average 5.03)
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