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Salon Kitty (1976)

X | | Drama, War | 21 January 1977 (USA)
2:18 | Trailer
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.


Tinto Brass


Antonio Colantuoni (story), Ennio De Concini (story) | 4 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Helmut Berger ... Helmut Wallenberg
Ingrid Thulin ... Kitty Kellermann
Teresa Ann Savoy ... Margherita
John Steiner ... Biondo
Sara Sperati Sara Sperati ... Helga, the dominatrix
Maria Michi ... Hilde
Rosemarie Lindt Rosemarie Lindt ... Susan
Paola Senatore ... Marika
John Ireland ... Cliff
Tina Aumont ... Herta Wallenberg
Alexandra Bogojevic Alexandra Bogojevic ... Gloria
Dan van Husen ... Rauss
Ullrich Haupt
Stefano Satta Flores Stefano Satta Flores ... Dino
Bekim Fehmiu ... Hans Reiter


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. A girl named Margherita discovers the little ploy and with Kitty's help plans to take on the dangerous task of exposing the conspiracy. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Nazi Germany, 1939. Depraved. Decadent. Damned. See more »


Drama | War


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Did You Know?


Director Tinto Brass claimed that the actresses who play the prostitutes in Kitty's brothel were all very enthusiastic about their characters. He has said that they told him that liked being able to explore that side of their own personalities. See more »


When film of the Nazi party rally is being projected on a nude woman, the projector being used was not in existence at the time the film takes place. See more »


Margherita: I don't like anniversaries. I only like drinking champagne with you. Not even with you. I just like the champagne. Too many wishes bring bad luck.
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Alternate Versions

The most common print of the film shown outside of U.S. and Italy has been cut to 112 minutes. See more »


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Sleazy version of Caligula set in Nazi Germany
23 September 2003 | by macabro357See all my reviews

I also consider it a perversion of CABARET since it seems to want to ape many of the same features that that earlier film had.

Supposedly based on a true story, this one concerns the goings on in a brothel in Berlin during WWII run by Kitty (Ingrid Thulin) and the use of wiretaps by the SS to monitor their customers. Only nobody told Kitty about this, including Helmet Berger who plays the SS officer in charge of the operation.

Tinto Brass scenes of depravity include:

An autopsy of a woman after she died from a self-induced abortion.

Actual pigs being slaughtered in a slaughterhouse. We get graphic close ups of their innards.

A scene where a group of SS men and women strip and perform boring, un-erotic soft-core sex in an auditorium.

Then we see a deformed midget attempt to have sex with a normal looking woman in a cell that has grids painted on the wall

There are other cells down the hall where various women are having soft-core sex with ugly men, including one who is a double-amputee.

What's the point? To exploit these people's deformities? Blah…

The Blue Underground DVD uses an excellent widescreen print along with an extra disc containing interviews with director Brass and set designer Ken Adam, himself a German jew who was forced to flee Germany in the 30s. And they are pretty good sets, too.

With Teresa Ann Savoy as the anti-Nazi whore, John Ireland as the visiting American who helps Kitty out, and Tina Aumont as Herta Wallenberg.

4 out of 10

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Release Date:

21 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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