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28 April 1975 (France) See more »
She will open your eyes.
A common thief (Depardieu) breaks into the house of a professional dominatrix (Ogier), and begins to help her "train" her clients... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Like Von Sacher-Masoch's 'Venus in Furs', it's good when they get down to it See more (14 total) »


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Gérard Depardieu ... Olivier
Bulle Ogier ... Ariane
André Rouyer ... Mario
Nathalie Keryan ... Lucienne
Roland Bertin ... Man in Cage
Tony Taffin ... Emile
Holger Löwenadler ... Gautier
Anny Bartanovski ... Secretary
Serge Berry ... Valet
Richard Caron ... First Client
Pierre Devos ... Bistro Patron
Jeanne Herviale ... Concierge
Michel Pilorgé ... Male Guest
Cécile Pochet ... Female Guest

Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barbet Schroeder 
Paul Voujargol 

Produced by
Pierre Andrieux .... producer
Original Music by
Carlos D'Alessio 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros  (as Nestor Almendros)
Film Editing by
Denise de Casabianca 
Production Design by
Roberto Plate 
Costume Design by
Karl Lagerfeld 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-François Stévenin .... assistant director
Art Department
Allen Jones .... poster artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Florent Bazin .... second assistant camera

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112 min | Australia:112 min (uncut version) | UK:107 min (1981, cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2004) | France:-18 | UK:18 (2003, uncut) | UK:X (heavily cut) | UK:R (original rating) | USA:X

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It is claimed that Parisian masochists didn't merely volunteer for treatment in the Dungeon scenes, but actually paid for the privilege.See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Like Von Sacher-Masoch's 'Venus in Furs', it's good when they get down to it, 20 May 2004
Author: Moe Tavern from Ireland


The costumes in particular are dismayingly authentic and convincing, recalling original fetish heroine Diana Rigg in 60's TV series 'The Avengers.' Spike-heel ankleboots, trousers, corset, cloak and gloves all in the sleekest of black leather; add to this a purple velvet shawl, a perfect black wig and Bull Ogier's timeless bemused innocence, and a masochist's screen starlet is born. Her spot-on kinkiness is, if anything, a more cultivated progression on her English predecessor: one gruesome episode aside, she does precisely all the things you wished Emma Peel would do. In short, Schroeder's feature's impact is greatest at its most simple and straightforwardly visual i.e. when Arianne dons the leathers, wields her whips and coolly dispenses the sport to her minions. If (like me) this is your chief interest in the film - and it might well be - then yes, certainly, do seek it out.

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