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(1983)

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This movie is actually a remake. It had been made before as Odd Obsession (1959) about twenty-four years earlier and directed by respected Japanese director Kon Ichikawa. The movies are both adaptations of the 1956 Japanese novel "Kagi" by Jun'ichirô Tanizaki. "Kagi" has also been filmed a number of other times - See: Kagi (1974) and Kagi (1997) whilst another Japanese version, Kagi (1983), was also released in the same 1983 year as this movie. This picture is actually the third version of the book and was released before Kagi (1983).
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This movie is spoken in two languages, the majority of it in English.
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This movie can be described as an Eurotic film.
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Tinto Brass had made a number of attempts to obtain the film rights to the novel "Kagi" by Jun'ichirô Tanizaki. Brass was eventually successful in acquiring them from Tanizaki's widow.
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The story's location was moved from Japan in Jun'ichirô Tanizaki's novel "Kagi" (which was also the location in the four Japanese versions of the book including Odd Obsession (1959)) to Venice, Italy for this movie.
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Tinto Brass once described the city of Venice as a city smelling like a female sex organ.
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Tinto Brass's wife had encouraged to make a film of Jun'ichirô Tanizaki's novel "Kagi" ever since it was released in Italy in 1964.
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This movie was made about twenty-seven years after Jun'ichirô Tanizaki's novel "Kagi" was first published in 1956. The first filmed version of the novel, Odd Obsession (1959), was made about three years after the book was first released whilst the second version, Kagi (1974) was made about eighteen years after.
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Reportedly, this film went to court in Italy for allegedly being obscene. Apparently, many of Brass' films have ended up in court.
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Tinto Brass only ever wanted actress Stefania Sandrelli for the role of Teresa Rolfe and waited until she was at the right age for the part.
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This film is based on the Japanese novel 'Kagi', the title of which actually translates literally into English as "Key".
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Performing explicit nudity in this film, Stefania Sandrelli was thirty-seven years of age when she appeared in this movie.
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Stefania Sandrelli once said of this movie: "I like to play all parts. If I have to be nude, I have to be nude. But I never have the impression of being naked on the set. Yes, I was a little afraid of this film at first. The script shocked me - and amused me because the subject is nothing but sex. Nothing else is discussed in the film."
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Director Tinto Brass went to London to find a British actor to play the part of the husband, Nino Rolfe. Brass cast British actor Frank Finlay after seeing him play Antonio Salieri in Peter Hall's stage production of 'Amadeus' at the Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End.
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'The Key' is one of the English titles of Odd Obsession (1959), the first filmed version of the Japanese novel 'Kagi'. That movie is also known as 'Odd Obsession'. In Italy, it is also known as 'La Chiave', the same Italian title as for this movie.
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This movie is set in the era of the approaching Second World War in Venice, Italy where there is a backdrop of fascism. Director Tinto Brass had previously helmed Salon Kitty (1976), a movie which was set in World War II amidst Nazism, i.e. German fascism.
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Director Tinto Brass directed this movie about three to four years after the controversial Caligula (1979) epic and made Action (1980) in between.
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This movie was passed for classification and release in Britain by the British Board of Film Censors with only minor cuts.
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Director Tinto Brass used footage from this movie for The Voyeur (1994).
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Director Cameo 

Tinto Brass:  The film's director as a Father Confessor.
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