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Seduction: The Cruel Woman (1985)

Verführung: Die grausame Frau (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 3 November 1989 (USA)
Wanda ist von Berufs wegen grausam. Ihre Spezialitaet: das Erfinden von Fallen fuer ihre Liebhaber/innen. Gregor, der romantische Schwaermer, wird aus seinem Traum gerissen. Justine, die ... See full summary »


Elfi Mikesch (screenplay), Monika Treut (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Mechthild Großmann Mechthild Großmann ... Wanda
Udo Kier ... Gregor
Sheila McLaughlin Sheila McLaughlin ... Justine
Carola Regnier Carola Regnier ... Caren
Peter Weibel Peter Weibel ... Herr Maehrsch
Georgette Dee Georgette Dee ... Friederike
Judith Flex Judith Flex ... Judith
Barbara Ossenkopp Barbara Ossenkopp ... Leila
John Erdman John Erdman ... Customer
Daniela Ziegler Daniela Ziegler ... Mutter
Katorka Takerka Katorka Takerka ... Tochter
Karin Roewer-Nennemann Karin Roewer-Nennemann ... Saleswoman
George Lannan George Lannan ... Old Man
Juerg Schlachter Juerg Schlachter ... Young Man


Wanda ist von Berufs wegen grausam. Ihre Spezialitaet: das Erfinden von Fallen fuer ihre Liebhaber/innen. Gregor, der romantische Schwaermer, wird aus seinem Traum gerissen. Justine, die naive Unschuld aus Uebersee, muss lernen, dass auch die Leidenschaft eine Illusion ist. Herr Maehrsch, ein Journalist, will ein Interview mit Wanda und lernt dabei etwas ueber seine verborgenen Wunesche. Nur Caren weiss, worum es geht. Deshalb spielt sie auch bald keine Rolle mehr. (aus dem Prorammheft Max-Ophuels-Preis 1995) "Aufregenderes, subversiveres, seltsameres Kino wird man so bald bei uns nicht mehr zu sehen bekommen." (H.C. Blumenberg, die Zeit) Written by Gregor Erbach <erbach@coli.uni-sb.de>

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Seductive video clip-style erotic drama
17 May 2002 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

A very stylish German film about a Hamburg art gallery owner and S&M domina who is giving "performances" with her slaves and maids in front of a selling audience. Unfortunately her favorite slave is falling in love with her. This movie, directed by two women, is an interesting and inspiring study about fatal love, sex, dependence, seduction and sensibility.

There are not many dialogues and much action involved, but many silent sequences and erotic moments that are standing on their own. The colors, settings and photography are lush and stimulating and sometimes appear like an MTV video clip setting of a 1980's Duran Duran, George Michael or Madonna pop song. There are also many literature influences involved. Based on the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch drama "Venus in Furs", there are also scenes or names taken from Marquis de Sade's "Justine" and "The 120 days of Sodom" and Octave Mirbeau's "The garden of delight".

As the directors try to give different view points from the domina, her maid and two slaves, the story is a bit difficult to follow sometimes, and in some moments because of the lack of any tempo simply boring. But at least this movie could have been an important influence on Adrian Lyne's box selling hit "9 1/2 weeks" which was produced one year later.

For the movie buffs amongst you: the dialogue coach of this production was Sandra Nettelbeck, later becoming a movie director ("Drei Sterne"). The stylish settings were produced by Xenia Katzenstein who was playing "Frau Sommer" in a well-know German TV coffee advert series in the seventies ("Jacobs Kroenung") - a rather conservative role model. Unbelievable but true.

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