Salon Kitty (1976)


‘Salon Kitty’ was Tinto Brass’ movie immediately prior to his infamous attempt at a big budget porn crossover ‘Caligula’. While it isn’t as notorious as that much talked about film, it is no slouch in the outrageousness department itself! Camp cult legend Helmet Berger (Visconti’s ‘The Damned’, Franco’s ‘Faceless’) plays Wallenberg, a ruthlessly ambitious Nazi who sets up Salon Kitty, a high class brothel to entertain his fellow officers. Unbeknown to Madame Kitty (Ingrid Thulin, who played Berger’s mother in ‘The Damned’) Wallenberg has the place bugged and uses the information for blackmail purposes. The beautiful Margherita (Teresa Ann Savoy, who like many of the cast went on to appear in ‘Caligula’) one of the patriotic party members Wallenberg recruited to work in the brothel eventually discovers this and plots, with Kitty’s help, to bring down the dangerous megalomaniac before he destroys them all. This ludicrously over the top sexploitation classic features nudity galore, ‘Cabaret’ style musical numbers, and many flamboyant sequences. You’re either into this kind of movie or you’re not, and if you are it is one of the most entertaining of its kind. Also stars b-grade buff faves John Steiner (‘Tenebre’) and John Ireland (‘Satan’s Cheerleaders’).