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The Libertine (1968)

La matriarca (original title)
A sexy widow discovers her late husband had a secret apartment where he cheated on her. Now she decides to use the same apartment to explore her own sexuality.

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Ottavio Jemma (screenplay), Nicolò Ferrari (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Spaak ... Margherita / Mimi
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Dr. Carlo De Marchi
Gigi Proietti ... Sandro / Lawyer (as Luigi Proietti)
Luigi Pistilli ... Otto Frank / Mr. X
Renzo Montagnani ... Fabrizio
Fabienne Dali ... Claudia / Franco's mistress (as Fabienne Dalì)
Nora Ricci ... Mimi's Mother
Edda Ferronao Edda Ferronao ... Maria
Vittorio Caprioli ... Il libraio / The Librarian
Gabriele Tinti ... Man in Car
Venantino Venantini ... Aurelio
Frank Wolff ... Dr. Giulio / the dentist
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Professor Zauri
Philippe Leroy ... Tennis Instructor
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Storyline

A sex comedy about a young widow, Mimi who discovers that her recently deceased husband, Franco kept a secret apartment for his kinky desires. Frustrated that he did not explore his sexual fantasies with his wife, she embarks on a quest to understand perversion and sexuality. She uses her late husband's apartment to seduce various men, each time learning more about the depths of human deprivation, as well as the extent of the sexual double standard for women. Finally, she meets the man who shares himself fully with her, appreciates her sexual daring and accepts her for whoever she is. Written by lament

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There comes a time in every girl's life...

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 February 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Libertine See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #52632 dated 14 November 1968. See more »

Quotes

Fabrizio: I can admire you, can't I? Like a father, hmm? A brother? Or an uncle?
Mimi: All right, but no incest, though.
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

L'amore dice 'Ciao'
By Guardabassi - Armando Trovajoli (as Trovaioli)
Sung by Andee Silver
ed incisa su disco JOKER 7020
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24 November 2005 | by bblorfSee all my reviews

Lord, this sucked. There's a particular sort of sexual revolution flick from the 60s that manages to confuse sexual assault with sexual liberation. This film is an example. I lost track of how many times women are slapped, hit, whipped, or spanked in the film. And then there are all the times that women in the film fantasize about being slapped, hit, whipped or spanked (you know they want it, right?). Sometimes it is ostensibly part of safe fetish play-acting. Other times it plainly isn't, but you will wait in vain to see the heroine report to authorities that she has just been raped. Instead we get to hear her being lectured by her rapist about her inability to "let go".

Every scene of this film reeks of misogyny (speaking as a straight, white, married man in his late 30's, not a teenage lesbian women's studies major with a chip on her shoulder, lest you get the wrong idea).

Perhaps the one good thing about this film is that it provides a stark reminder of just how bad things really were for women only a few short decades ago.


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