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Maitresse 1976

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Maitresse 1976 18

112 mins France Director. Barbet Schroeder

A young innocent falls for a leather-clad dominatrix in Barbet Schroeder’s controversial film, at once a conventional love story and a dark study of fetishism.Starring Gerard Depardieu as Olivier, the young innocent who falls for the mysterious maitresse Ariane (Bulle Ogier), a leather clad dominatrix.

Based on an encounter with a real-life dominatrix, this story of a Paris prostitute specialising in bondage and sado-masochism was refused a certificate by the BBFC on its original release. The film features graphic scenes of torture and fetishism which the Board described as 'miles in excess of anything we have ever passed in this field' in 1976.

Only released at the time in a handful of club cinemas in 1981, the film was cut by almost five minutes and finally awarded an X certificate. This fully uncut version was first passed in 2003.

Directed by

Barbet Schroeder

Featuring

André Rouyer

Bulle Ogier

Gérard Depardieu

Collection

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Certificate

18 Contains strong real sadomasochistic sex

Released

1976

Country

France

Language

English

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