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Salon Kitty

3.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Blu-ray
  • Publisher: Alliance Entertainment (2010)
  • ASIN: B008ONX5G6
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,280,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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... 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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