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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 »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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Fantastic example of Arts and Erotica fusing together into important mainstream film See more (28 total) »

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)

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)
Aspect Ratio:
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:
After the girl who is foaming at the mouth is brought away, Teresa Ann Savoy is seen wearing a dress that is a near exact copy of one Joan Crawford wore in Grand Hotel (1932/I). The original Crawford dress had been designed by Adrian.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The fur coats hanging in the closet are not the ones Wallenberg throws at Margherita.See more »
Quotes:
Helmut Wallenberg:What frightens you, what you see or what you don't?See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Triumph of the Will (1935)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Italian VHS Version and the Danish VHS Version?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic example of Arts and Erotica fusing together into important mainstream film, 6 May 2013
Author: Alexander Ross from United States

Adore "Salon Kitty". Many people tend to consider this,and, at its very best, a classic of "Euro trash" or "Euro-exploitation", whatever those terms really mean, unfortunately we all use them rather inappropriately these days, especially, considering the standard creative level of our main productions today! And, in fact, was it trashy? I'd dare anybody to call this film such word, if anything, transgressive and for all the right reasons! Resembling,maybe, even one of those infinite clones that were made (those cheaply horrendous quickies taken after this superb plot,and, put into a green light only to capitalize, after the huge International success that this film had so deservedly achieved up to 1977, all over the World!) mainly in Italy in the late 1970's, with truly poor qualities? NO, it does not and it isn't so! This movie was even banned at its brave premiere, a few months after the long shoot had ended in late November of 1975. It was even put under arrest of distribution and some people (mostly dangerous bigots and nostalgic of a certain extreme right wing's politics) wanted it even burnt, in the late fall of 1975! And, why was it causing so much distress, when already every truly pornographic film (and not Erotic) was released without protests from anyone? Because, "Salon Kitty"was obviously a very important movie and one that'd make you think and even remember a little too much, and, a little bit of everything that is normally left unspoken! As usual courageous Art is passed by fake talent and moral depravity, only by those who are fearful or have reasons to be fearful of such story! And, obviously, there were quite a few! Why? This film wasn't obscene, or offensive whatsoever, and, it was showing only a certain, very well known, Nazi's degradation and sexual perversion, through the eyes of 2 women of different generations and backgrounds, the melancholic, but carefree Kitty (Ingrid Thulin, extraordinary presence and actress),on one hand, and, on the other, the bored, mysterious and gorgeous young German girl, Margherita(played with interior darkness and severely troubling eyes, by the incredibly talented, almost mystical beauty and Cult star, Therese Ann Savoy) from a potent family, who, when embracing National Socialism, mostly to kill time, than anything else, finding herself deeply troubled, and, in despair, from circumstances she could have never even have imagined, and, even from deep, existential motives that were in part also related with the repression, she had been raised with, and along with the imposition over a very wrong faith, and, squalid superstitions, all taught to her by her privileged and amoral family. Then, there was of course the brothel, too, with its intricate affairs linked to a very "Film Noir" espionage plot, and, also the use of several cult actresses in the supporting roles, while on the background, but, not too much on the background, a stylized, exquisitely imaginative reconstruction of Berlin in 1940 circa, with the diabolical greatness of the Nazi's(here it is another great performance from actor Helmut Berger, who draws the lines, truly!)envisioned with the same stupor and Classic fashion, one great artist would have inspired himself to re-paint the fearful brutality and moral decadence plaguing the Roman Empire in AD 500 circa, too, if such artist could have then even used a way to blend in together the absurd cruelty, the brutality and moral devastation, killing then Berlin, with the same foolish abuse of power that had been so typical of only one very Empire, before! A metaphor, that is, and, an exceptionally provocative one, created to amaze and entertain, for sure, as a film should also do, but, to deplore and condemn too, through its almost sarcastic fate, unraveling the tragic, almost Shakespearian's events, until one of the most beautiful ending scenes ever filmed, including 2 women, where the two, alone, but never fearful, and, both well aware and liberated, by old judgments and corrupted politics, cheers with Champagne, while waiting for the imminent end, in the now deserted luxury brothel, while the Allies triumphantly are bombing the city of Berlin, over the course of a very long, foggy, shady night.. Amazingly produced, and, with some of the most prominent International names, making eventful filmmaking, and, certainly not "trash", beginning from visionary, eccentric, protester and director, editor, writer (with Maria Pia Fusco and Ennio De Concini) master Tinto Brass,and, Ken Adams, one of the most inventive production designers ever(think he made also, among others, the first couple of James Bond's, and, both 2001 and Barry Lyndon,for director Stanley Kubrick), the saturated, always exceptional cinematography of another great Italian name, such as Silvano Ippoliti, and,with the help of Fiorenzo Carpi's music themes, and, Jost Jackob's defining classic period costumes and looks, this film is a traditional example of how rich and creative was instead all European cinema, back then, and, especially the Italian one, that was allowing a budget so big at the time, for such a provocative, controversial and all together almost infernal movie,then winning so a huge bet, and, realizing a classic little masterpiece of contemporary Cinema, and, look, almost 40 years later, this has not certainly been forgotten. When a movie never ages like most parts of this one, how could we argue it couldn't be good? I'd understand maybe not your cup of tea, that'd be legitimate, but, please don not call "Salon Kitty" ever less than a mesmerizing experience, that could haunt you for decades.

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