Libertine, The / La matriarca (1968)

4.0 out of 5

Internationally distributed by Radley Metzger's Audubon Films the sexy and fun La matriarca is a charming slice of late 60s European erotica that fans of golden age Jess Franco or titles such as The Lickerish Quartet and Femina ridens should find agreeable.

Featuring a delightful,quirky, Bossa Nova soundtrack provided by composer Armando Trovajoli the The Libertine sees Mimi, Catherine Spaak, recently widowed to an unfaithful husband, embark on a sexual odyssey of discovery.

The litany of cuckolds, fetishists and the occasional oddball stalker that fall for the charms of dear Mimi reads like a who's who of Eurocult goodness as Pasquale Festa Campanile, who would later go on to work with the late great David Hess in the wonderful Autostop rosso sangue, here directs, among others, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Luigi Pistilli, Vittorio Caprioli, Philippe Leroy and Frank Wolff.

As would be expected from the genre the movie features funky fashions, cool retro futurist apartments and the occasional strategically placed J and B bottle with label facing forward into camera of course.

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