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Salon Kitty -- The most shocking and controversial of Italian director Tinto Brass' films, SALON KITTY presents a serious, unflinching depiction of moral decay within the Nazi Party at the time of World War II, and of how power ultimately leads to corruption.

Now, courtesy of Argent Films, the fully restored Director's Cut of this notorious film is being made available on DVD, presented in its original widescreen format, completely uncensored and featuring 21 minutes of never-seen-before footage. Finally, the extremely disturbing, bordering-on-the-hardcore content of SALON KITTY can be seen as originally intended by the film's director, Tinto Brass.

Based on actual events, the story takes place in Berlin, in 1939, at the start of World War II. SS Officer Helmut Wallenburg (Helmut Berger) is instructed by his superiors to set up an elite brothel, the eponymous Salon Kitty, especially designed to serve high-ranking Nazi officials and foreign diplomats. In order to cater to the clients' darkest perversions and desires sufficiently, Wallenburg is also charged with finding and rigorously training twenty beautiful and intelligent women, who are not only dedicated to the ideals of National Socialism but are also prepared to perform the most extreme acts of debauchery imaginable. What these prostitutes and their customers don't know is that the brothel is bugged and is being used to collect intelligence and to monitor the clients' loyalty to the Nazi Party and its cause. Wallenburg exploits his position, feeding his insatiable need to dominate and using the information he receives to blackmail his way to the top. Meanwhile, one of the prostitutes, Marguerite (Teresa Ann Savoy), discovers the truth about the brothel when a soldier she loves is executed for revealing to her his plans to defect from the Party. With the help of the brothel's madam, Kitty (Ingrid Thulin), Marguerite plots to turn the tables on Wallenburg and exact her revenge.

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Release Date:
21 January 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Playground for the wildest fantasies of the SS. See more »
Plot:
Kitty runs a brothel in Nazi Germany where the soldiers come to "relax". Recording devices have been installed in each room by a power hungry army official, who plans to use the information to blackmail Hitler and gain power himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Helmut Berger ... Helmut Wallenberg

Ingrid Thulin ... Kitty Kellermann
Teresa Ann Savoy ... Margherita
John Steiner ... Biondo
Sara Sperati ... Helga, the dominatrix
Maria Michi ... Hilde
Rosemarie Lindt ... Susan
Paola Senatore ... Marika

John Ireland ... Cliff
Tina Aumont ... Herta Wallenberg
Alexandra Bogojevic ... Gloria

Dan van Husen ... Rauss
Ullrich Haupt
Stefano Satta Flores ... Dino
Bekim Fehmiu ... Hans Reiter
Giancarlo Badessi ... Officer with Projector
Luciano Rossi ... Dr. Schwab
Gianfranco Bullo ... Wolff
Gigi Ballista ... General
Margherita Horowitz ... Margherita's Mother
Alain Naya ... Showering German Officer (as Alain Corot)
Clara Colosimo ... Dinner Guest
Maria Rosaria Riuzzi (as Mary Kristall)
Malisa Longo ... New Kitty Girl
Paola Maiolini
Alena Penz
Loretta Persichetti
Margherita Petrucca
Michele Starck (as Michelle Starck)
Alison Swaisland
Tamara Triffez
Patrizia Webley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Annie Ross ... Kitty Kellermann (singing voice)
Salvatore Baccaro ... Neanderthal Prisoner (uncredited)
John Bartha ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Lella Cattaneo ... Old client at Salon Kitty which kiss a girl's breast (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Tom Felleghy ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Tito LeDuc ... Frankie (uncredited)
Osiride Pevarello ... Man with Indian Costume in Salon (uncredited)
Pupita Lea Scuderoni ... Female Old Client at Salon Kitty (uncredited)
Pietro Torrisi ... Tattooed Gypsy (uncredited)
Aldo Valletti ... Dart Throwing Client (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tinto Brass 
 
Writing credits
Antonio Colantuoni (story) &
Ennio De Concini (story) &
Maria Pia Fusco (story)

Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
Maria Pia Fusco (screenplay) &
Tinto Brass (screenplay)

Peter Norden  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Ermanno Donati .... producer
Giulio Sbarigia .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fiorenzo Carpi 
 
Cinematography by
Silvano Ippoliti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tinto Brass 
 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
 
Art Direction by
Enrico Fiorentini 
 
Costume Design by
Jost Jakob 
Ugo Pericoli 
 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... hair stylist
Aldo Signoretti .... hair stylist
Otello Sisi .... makeup artist
Stefano Trani .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Carla Cipriani .... production supervisor
Roberto Sbarigia .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Bureau .... second assistant director
Giovanni Michelagnoli .... second assistant director (as Gianni Michelagnoli)
Werner Pochath .... assistant director: Germany
Stefano Sbarigia .... second assistant director
Giuseppe Scavuzzo .... assistant director (as Peppe Scavuzzo)
 
Art Department
Giovanni Checchi .... set dresser
Nitto Costa .... antique props
Will Kley .... assistant art director: Germany
Enrico Sanchini .... upholsterer
Jan Schlubach .... art director: Germany
 
Sound Department
Elsa Armanni .... sound editor
Venanzio Biraschi .... sound mixer (as Birachi)
Romano Checcacci .... sound mixer (as Checcacci)
Pierre Davantur .... sound mixer
Roberto Edwin Forrest .... boom operator (as Roberto Forrest)
Maurice Martin .... sound editor
Mario Messina .... production sound mixer
Jean Rouat .... production sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcello Cardarelli .... electrician
Ettore Corso .... second camera operator
Renato Doria .... camera operator
Quirino Fantauzzi .... head grip
Angelo Samperi .... still photographer
Enrico Sasso .... camera operator
Sergio Spila .... gaffer
Orlando Zaccari .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mario Carlini .... assistant wardrobe
Maria Fanetti .... dress maker
Irms Pauli .... assistant wardrobe: German
 
Editorial Department
Raffaele Cirioni .... second assistant editor
Luciana Di Russo .... assistant editor
Claudio Maimone .... second assistant editor
Fiorenza Muller .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Derry Hall .... lyricist
Bruno Nicolai .... musical director
Annie Ross .... musician: singer
 
Other crew
Beatrice Banfi .... continuity
Vittorio Fornasiero .... production secretary
Rudolf Gürlich .... location manager: German
Aureliano Lalli-Persiani .... administrator (as Aureliano Lalli Persiani)
Tito LeDuc .... choreographer
Lucia Nolano .... secretary
Maria Ruhle .... unit publicist
Louise Vincent .... english dialogue
Noemi Gifuni .... voice dubbing: Ingrid Thulin (uncredited)
Giorgio Gusso .... voice dubbing: John Ireland (uncredited)
Walter Maestosi .... voice dubbing: Bekim Fehmiu (uncredited)
Gigi Proietti .... voice dubbing: Helmut Berger (uncredited)
Carlo Sabatini .... voice dubbing: John Steiner (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Madam Kitty" - USA
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Runtime:
129 min | USA:110 min (heavily cut) | 133 min (director's cut) | Argentina:125 min (cut) | West Germany:106 min (cut)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (1984) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1976) | France:16 | Italy:VM18 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:(Banned) (1977-2003) (cinema release) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:X (original rating) | USA:Not Rated (re-rating) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut) (theatrical rating) | West Germany:Not Rated (video)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard Crenna was originally cast as Cliff but left during the filming and was replaced by John Ireland.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The positions of the new girls in the first scene in the new brothel, when Kitty looks them over and is displeased.See more »
Quotes:
Helmut Wallenberg:What frightens you, what you see or what you don't?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bordel SS (1978)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Italian VHS Version and the Danish VHS Version?
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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly good, 4 March 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

After viewing SALON KITTY, I was surprised by how good it was. Maybe it's because my expectations were very low. I expected something like an ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS type of exploitation film directed by Tinto Brass, the man behind the wretched and almost unwatchable CALIGULA. SALON KITTY is way better than CALIGULA. SALON KITTY will probably disappoint guys looking for cheap thrills. The film looks more like a glossy 1970s magazine spread (of beautiful people or architecture) than your typical titillating exploitation fare. The sets by Ken Adams are excellent and give the movie an appropriately operatic and posh feel to the whole sordid setting.

SALON KITTY has its share of problems though. It's way too long for its own good. At 120 minutes, it's a good 10 to 15 minutes too long. The story concentrates only a couple of characters, mainly those played by Helmet Berger, Ingrid Thulin and Teresa Ann Savoy. In fact, the whole love story between Savoy and her lover needlessly took too much of the film's time. For a moment I thought I was watching LOVE STORY, NAZI STYLE. The screenplay is full of holes (how does Savoy get away with shooting the man when the rooms are bugged?!?!) And the cinematography was at times erratic and murky. But this is probably because the SALON KITTY video cassette I rented was very old and the print was fuzzy, had tons of scratches and hairs and such. It was barely watchable. But even with all those things going against it, SALON KITTY still held my attention up to the very end. The film is very decadent looking and paced like a millionaire shopping for caviar. Tinto Brass' direction is knowing and melodramatic. Thulin's acting is very over-the-top. I thought she was possessed by a drag queen. And Berger makes for a fascinating Nazi officer. My only real complaint about SK is the scenes where they actually kill real pigs. That was excessive. But those scenes were very popular in "shocking movies" made in the 1970s (Cannibal Holocaust, Apocalypse Now, etc).

If SALON KITTY ever comes out on DVD, with a clean and sharp transfer, I will purchase it

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