Notorious upon its release, this erotic Nazisploitation film explores the sadomasochistic relationship between a former SS officer (Bogarde) and a Holocaust survivor (Charlotte Rampling) whose compulsive repetition of their past leads to them “recreating” the conditions of a concentration camp.
Provocative and perverse, with dark and evocative cinematography by Alfio Contini, Cavani’s controversial film examines transgressive behaviour, love and suffering alongside the lasting social and psychological effects of fascism.
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