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  • Actors: Helmut Berger, Ingrid Thulin, Teresa Ann Savoy, John Steiner, Sara Sperati
  • Directors: Maria Michi, Tinto Brass
  • Writers: Tinto Brass, Antonio Colantuoni, Ennio De Concini, Louise Vincent, Maria Pia Fusco
  • Producers: Ermanno Donati
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Limited Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096IBX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Salon Kitty" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Tinto Brass Bio
  • Bonus Disc: Inside Salon Kitty - Interview with Director Tinto Brass
  • Designing Salon Kitty - Interview with Production Designer Ken Adam
  • Radio Spots
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Ken Adam's Production Designs
  • Jost Jakob's Costume Designs
  • The Story of Salon Kitty (DVD-ROM)

Editorial Reviews

Berlin, 1939: At the dawn of World War II, power-mad SS Officer Wallenberg (Helmut Berger of THE DAMNED) is ordered to find and train Germany's most beautiful women to work in the opulent brothel of Madam Kitty (Ingrid Thulin of CRIES AND WHISPERS). Here these Nazi nymphs will submit to the bizarre passions and carnal degradations of the Reich's highest-ranking men and women while Wallenberg secretly records their acts for blackmail. But when an innocent young prostitute (Teresa Ann Savoy of CALIGULA) uncovers the conspiracy, her revenge will ignite a holocaust of pain, pleasure and shocking sexual perversion. The story is true. The depravity is real. The film is SALON KITTY.

John Steiner (MANNAJA), Tina Aumont (TORSO) and John Ireland (RED RIVER) co-star in this infamous epic co-written and directed by Tinto Brass and featuring exquisite production design by OscarAE winner Ken Adam (BARRY LYNDON, GOLDFINGER). Released in America as the heavily censored MADAM KITTY, this controversial shocker has been fully restored from the director's own personal vault print and features extended scenes of sexual atrocities now presented for the first time ever.

Customer Reviews

Christ, this movie was so boring.
Philippe Landry
Much of the film appears rather dark and some of it has a reddish tinge to it.
Brett Johnson
Good acting though, and a very good story.
J. R. Johnson

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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Mark Norvell on July 14, 2003
Format: DVD
First of all, there is no "sexual perversion" or "sexual atrocities" in this film. But it IS brought to you by the director of "Caligula". "Salon Kitty" is a very lush, very raunchy and very graphic sexploitation film set in 1939 Europe about an SS officer who converts a popular brothel into a spy operation staffed with specially trained and selected girls. The madam, Kitty (Ingrid Thulin), doesn't understand why she had to relocate and restaff and is unaware of the covert goings on. It supposedly is being done to blackmail certain officials but this kind've takes a back seat to the nudity and sexual cavorting. The officer (Helmut Berger) is a twisted and tortured soul---incapable of any sort of sexual relations or relationships. The heroine, prostitute Margarita (Teresa Ann Savoy), looks innocent but is capable of handling the most demanding situations imaginable. She ends up cluing Kitty into what's going on and helping bust the whole thing open. Nazi symbols are everywhere (even on garters!) and some scenes are mind-boggling in their silliness. At times I was wondering if the whole thing was a satire. But some non-sexual scenes (like the slaughterhouse) are repellent in the extreme. The costumes are extravagant and beautiful and suited to the decadence of the brothel. Miss Kitty's song numbers (oh yes, she performs, too) are a bit much in their Dietrich-esque sultriness. Thulin resembles an aging drag queen as she carries on in her over-the-top costumes and blonde wigs. Savoy is pretty (and looks disturbingly too young) but cannot act for love nor money. And she has chances at both in this film. Berger is all pomp and starch as the officer. He's believable. You wonder if he's gay at times. He refuses the services of Kitty's girls but tries with Savoy.Read more ›
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Johnson on September 29, 2005
Classic Teto Brass. I could definetly see the similarities with Caligula. Very professional production. But lots of wierd fetish stuff like sex with amputies, and disfigured people (most real). However, even though this was an NR version there was no coitus. A few distant shots of a very hairy crotch, and plenty of shots of limp male organs. Good acting though, and a very good story. If you are watching this for the sex scenes, go rent a Penthouse video. This was all about fetish and androgity. There are some very strange perversions and they show just how sick the Third Reich really was, as I understand pretty accurate. If you are an adult and enjoy real movies, this is as real as they get. If you are a prude and don't enjoy seeing the human body in all it's forms (some not very pleasant to look at), than definetly skip this one.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on October 12, 2003
Format: DVD
Director Tinto Brass is probably better known for lensing the controversial film "Caligula" starring Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren, and Peter O'Toole than he is for the sleazy little number called "Salon Kitty." Made five years before the Vidal/Guccione/Brass "Caligula" collaboration, "Salon Kitty" sports several similarities to Brass's later production. This film also takes a historical setting as its starting point, specifically National Socialist Germany of the 1930s. The film boasts similarly impressive set pieces constructed by Oscar winner Ken Adam of "Barry Lyndon" fame (this is saying something because "Barry Lyndon" is one of the best period pieces ever put to film, in large part due to the costumes and sets). "Salon Kitty" even casts the beautiful Teresa Ann Savoy in a major role as the young Aryan prostitute Margherita (she played Caligula's sister in "Caligula"). Yep, it is easy to make plenty of comparisons between this movie and the later "Caligula." It is also quite simple to make comparisons of the bad traits in both films because "Salon Kitty" tends to bore more than it titillates.
Specifically, "Salon Kitty" takes place in 1939 Berlin just as the German military readies itself for war. At some point, higher ups decide to assemble the best examples of young Aryan womanhood in order to train them as prostitutes in service to the German soldiers. A German officer of supposedly impeccable standards, Helmut Wallenberg, runs this new training program. Wallenberg, who has his own nasty little secrets, comes across as the archetype of every German officer portrayed in films since the end of World War II: he is imperious, cold, calculating, and as cruel as they come.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Evgueni Mlodik on December 17, 2004
Format: DVD
I do hope that it is quite obvious that the only people who didn't like the film are a bunch of immature teens, who were expecting something in vain of "Ilsa: She Wold of the S.S.," but instead got a dark, thought provoking political satire.

The sex was never meant to be erotic or arousing. Tinto Brass has stated in an interview that in order to make a film about depravity, it must be a depraved film. Period.

Please give this film a chance and do not judge a book by its cover.

The film truly is a masterpiece, from its direction, acting to its sumptious sets and complicated plot themes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B5Anteros on March 11, 2006
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... Rocks my world. I purchased this video only because of the deliciously beautiful Ms Savoy, who played the emperor's sister in "Caligula." The movie didn't dissapoint me as she frolics unashamedly throughout, however the film is a very disturbing look at a certain section of the Nazi government. Revisionists may disagree with the portrayal but I found it very realistic. Nothing they did surprises me anymore. Great film.
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