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Directed by: Barbet Schroeder

Produced: 1976

Countries & Regions: France

DVD Details

Certificate: 18

Studio: British Film Institute

Length: 108 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 28 July 2003

Cat No: BFIVD586

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Languages(s): French
Subtitles: English
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Screen ratio 1:1.66

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Maitresse

Cast: Gerard Depardieu , Bulle Ogier , Holger Löwenadler , André Rouyer , Nathalie Keryan , Tony Taffin

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A young man (Gerard Depardieu) falls for the mysterious dominatrix (Bulle Ogier). As it develops their relationship begins to mirror the... Read More

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A young man (Gerard Depardieu) falls for the mysterious dominatrix (Bulle Ogier). As it develops their relationship begins to mirror the power games of the bordello and they become unable to separate it from the perversions of the chamber below.

Having lived under illiberal censorship laws for so long, it's still refreshing to encounter more evidence of the enlightened times we now (temporarily?) live in; such as the Blu-Ray/DVD release of Barbet Schroeder's sexually challenging Maitresse; this controversial study of a Parisian dominatrix (initially heavily scissored by the BBFC) is now available completely uncut. Barbet Schroeder's fourth feature stars a slim and youthful Gérard Depardieu (unrecognisable as the Brando-sized behemoth he has become) and Bulle Ogier. After upsetting moral guardians in 1976 with its uncompromising, unfaked scenes of torture and fetishism, it was shown only in club cinemas upon its release. It received a grudging an 'X' certificate in 1981 after the BBFC insisted on several of cuts. Here it is, though, untampered with on DVD and, for the first time, in High Definition on Blu-ray, in a Dual Format Edition. Apart from its sexual content, Maîtresse exudes a marked stylishness with costumes by Karl Lagerfeld. Among the special features are a documentary, Domestic Masochism: Barbet Schroeder's Maîtresse, in which Patricia MacCormack and Edward Lamberti intelligently dissect the way in which Barbet Schroeder confronts film shibboleths.

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