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The Libertine (1968)

La matriarca (original title)
A sexy widow discovers her late husband had a secret apartment where he cheated on her. Now she decides to used the same apartment to explore her own sexuality.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Spaak ...
Margherita aka as Mimi
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Dr. Carlo De Marchi
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Sandro Maldini (as Luigi Proietti)
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Otto Frank aka as Mr. X
Renzo Montagnani ...
Fabrizio
Fabienne Dali ...
Claudia
Nora Ricci ...
Mimi's Mother
Edda Ferronao ...
Maria
Vittorio Caprioli ...
Il libraio
Gabriele Tinti ...
Man in Car
Venantino Venantini ...
Aurelio
Frank Wolff ...
Dr. Giulio, the dentist
Paolo Stoppa ...
Professor Zauri
Philippe Leroy ...
Tennis Instructor
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A sexy widow discovers her late husband had a secret apartment where he cheated on her. Now she decides to used the same apartment to explore her own sexuality.

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

23 December 1968 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Libertine  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #52632 dated 14 November 1968. See more »

Quotes

[The nude Mimi is peeling off her false eyelashes]
Sandro Maldini: What are you doing?
Mimi: I'm undressing.
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Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

L'amore dice 'Ciao'
By Guardabassi - Armando Trovajoli (as Trovaioli)
Sung by Andee Silver
ed incisa su disco JOKER 7020
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24 November 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Lord, this sucked. There's a particular sort of sexual revolution flick from the 60s that manages to confuse sexual assault with sexual liberation. This film is an example. I lost track of how many times women are slapped, hit, whipped, or spanked in the film. And then there are all the times that women in the film fantasize about being slapped, hit, whipped or spanked (you know they want it, right?). Sometimes it is ostensibly part of safe fetish play-acting. Other times it plainly isn't, but you will wait in vain to see the heroine report to authorities that she has just been raped. Instead we get to hear her being lectured by her rapist about her inability to "let go".

Every scene of this film reeks of misogyny (speaking as a straight, white, married man in his late 30's, not a teenage lesbian women's studies major with a chip on her shoulder, lest you get the wrong idea).

Perhaps the one good thing about this film is that it provides a stark reminder of just how bad things really were for women only a few short decades ago.


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