Good groan opera
Print (Synapse, c2002, "Uncensored International Version"; I used the French soundtrack) has 2 or 3 flaws in the form of abrupt jumps in the sound and image, but the print is good overall. Restorations were few and brief. Atmosphere rather than plot. At times characters materialize like statuary mounted on the turntable of a municipal Swiss clock. Operatic, a staged spectacle. Then, they engage in urgent, hushed confabulations of sexual intrigue and frissons. Prosaic, a hormonal recitatif. Rather boudoir than dungeon. Steele and Robsahm do an outtake from Genet's "The Balcony". It is not Peter Falk who intervenes. Barbara Steele + Edgar Poe + some European chest thrown in to keep the boys awake (and, thereby, the girls). '60's black and white; good of its kind.
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