Kitty (Ingrid Thulin) runs a brothel in Nazi Germany where the soldiers come to “relax”. Recording devices have been installed in each room by a power hungry army official who plans to use the information to blackmail Hitler and gain power himself.
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King of Erotica Tinto Brass imported respected Swedish actress Ingrid Thulin to add a touch of class to his international co-production based loosely (I would imagine) on a true story. She plays the owner of a Nazi brothel employing twenty specially selected women which is bugged by an SS officer greedy for power. It's certainly controversial and exploitative with acres of male and female nudity, but I kinda like it!
Though it can be argued that it's just as crass as the other Nazisploitation films but on a bigger budget, it's far more ambitious in both scope and artistic quality. Brass deftly crafts striking imagery and smirking social satire out of the requisite explicitness, helped along by a high-caliber cast, particularly the superbly over the top Ingrid Thulin. A cult classic, and pretty easily the best of its genre.
The sets and cinematography unfortunatey cannot heave the (pretty) weak acting and weak development.
i liked the idea of a sequential repetition of cabaret-like "intermissions" which also worked as transitions, but as the film progressed, it became rather tiredsome, in particular coupled with the little development happening overall.
it's a shame, since i felt that it started promising - in particular the editing.
Exploitation cinema wearing it's Sunday Best. Decent production values cannot disguise the paucity of social or political comment which is a thin veneer for a pseudo-kinky parade of girlie-magazine smut. Probably Brass' most accomplished work but it quickly runs out of steam after a striking first thirty minutes: all exposition and little narrative drive.