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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Tinto Brass's nazi-exploitation movie has a very basal and simplistic narrative which is combined with fine exploitation scenes. The most stylistic patterns are the zoom and the mirror, which sometimes makes the film very hard to watch. Finally, a good film which could have been 30min shorter.
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.
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.