Salon Kitty (1976)

5.0 out of 5

While Italy's The Night Porter was the first film to feature any controversial Nazi fetishism, Salon Kitty, along with Ilsa, She Wolf Of The SS, was the movie that sparked the Nazi exploitation boom of the mid to late 70s. This particular film is based on a true story of a brothel that was infiltrated by the Nazis and used for espionage purposes during World War II. But of course director Tinto Brass, who has been referred to as the Italian Russ Meyer, puts a sleazy twist on it and incorporates a lot of exploitative elements that played a big part in the influence of the Nazisploitation films to come. Aside from it being one of the first of its kind, the film is notable for it's great look and stylish cinematography. Even though it is exploitative in nature, it's a very artsy and nicely-crafted film that breezes by despite its two-hour plus runtime, and there are enough sub-plots to keep it interesting. Salon Kitty is a wonderfully bizarre film.

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