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Submission (1976)
"Scandalo" (original title)

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1940 France just before the great invasion. Eliane is a pharmacist who is married to her dull husband and has a teenage daughter. Eliane is an attractive woman who has let her passion fall ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Lisa Gastoni ...
Eliane Michoud
Raymond Pellegrin ...
Professor Henri Michoud
Andréa Ferréol ...
Claudia Marsani ...
Justine Michoud
Antonio Altoviti ...
Carla Calò ...
Franco Patano ...


1940 France just before the great invasion. Eliane is a pharmacist who is married to her dull husband and has a teenage daughter. Eliane is an attractive woman who has let her passion fall dormant. One evening, the pharmacy clerk makes a pass at her when he thinks she is another girl. Soon she lets the passion overtake her and she soon becomes his sex slave. Written by Nolan Price <>

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The more erotic it gets... the more beautiful it feels.




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17 November 1976 (France)  »

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Submission  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Italian censorship visa #68163 delivered on 26-3-1976. See more »


[first lines]
[crowd cheers a parade of departing troops]
Juliette: Bon voyage! Viva la France!
Marching Soldier: [to Armand] Draft dodger!
Armand: [makes obscene gesture to soldier]
[turns to a laughing Juliette and playfully slaps her behind]
Juliette: Don't touch, draft dodger.
Armand: In five minutes, I see you in the back.
Juliette: If you're lucky, big boy.
Armand: Always.
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The Explicit Pharmacy
9 May 2000 | by (Sparta, Wisconsin 54656) – See all my reviews

Armand (Franco Nero)is a shopboy, living with his mother in 1940 France. Elianne (Lisa Gastoni)is the unfullfilled wife for whom Armand works in the Pharmacy below the apartment where she lives with her husband and daughter.

The Germans are due to arrive in Paris. One night Armand gropes a woman he believes to be Juliette the shopgirl in the dark at closing. It is not Juliette, it is Elianne. Elianne is incensed but when she tries to tell her husband, he interrupts and tells her about his latest treasured art discovery. Distracted and disgusted with her husband, Elianne decides not to tell him at all.

Armand, aware that he has groped the wrong woman, waits several days for the ax to fall. When he is not fired, he is perplexed: "Is it possible, does the woman like me?" In a few days he gropes her again. Voila! It appears she does like him.

From there it is a slide down a slippery slope. Armand takes more liberties with his mistress. Gradually he can't be bothered to boff Juliette any longer. Except on one occasion he forces Elianne into an humiliating sexual triangle with Juliette.

Armand finds new ways to humiliate his mistress. On one occasion, he forces her naked out onto the nighttime sidewalk in front of the Pharmacy. From inside Armand baits her to strut her wares like a prostitute, walking up and down the street like a strumpet. An amiable drunk emerging from the bar across the street spots her. But by the time he has alerted his companions, Elianne has disappeared back inside the pharmacy. Where Armand finds her laughing uproariously and in good spirits. It turns out Elianne loves the erotic dare.

Now, with the German army closing in, Armand must find still other ways to bring down his aristocratic boss. And upstairs, Elianne's life with her distracted husband is imploding. She whispers a midnight confession of her infidelities with Armand to her sleeping husband's back. The Camera cuts to her husband. He is awake. And now he knows. But he does nothing.

Bombs are exploding in the distance and sirens warn of the approach of the Germans. Disaster is imminent for the French, and implicitly, for the family of Elianne and her husband, Professor Henri Michaud, collector of treasured artifacts.

Armand now directs his erotic gaze at Justine the couple's daughter. Elianne is appalled, but with war approaching and her husband distracted, there is little she can do.

The drama continues, the sirens blare, the war comes closer. And the audience waits for the denouement. Its a wonderful tragedy with a soundtrack that crosscuts between sounds of the approaching war and a salacious piece of music that heralds another erotic episode between Armand and Elianne.

Under whatever name; Scandalo, Scandal, Submission, this film is one of the most erotic ever made.

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