Seduction: The Cruel Woman

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Inspired by Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs," the German SEDUCTION: THE CRUEL WOMAN is an attempt at a stylish exploration into sado-masochism. Wanda (Mechthild Grossmann) runs a sex gallery in which her various friends and lovers enact scenes of sadism upon each other for the entertainment of audiences and for the occasional private client. Wanda is torn...read more

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Inspired by Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs," the German SEDUCTION: THE CRUEL WOMAN is an attempt at a stylish exploration into sado-masochism. Wanda (Mechthild Grossmann) runs a sex gallery in which her various friends and lovers enact scenes of sadism upon each other for the entertainment

of audiences and for the occasional private client. Wanda is torn between her wimpy husband Gregor (Udo Kier) and Caren (Carola Regnier), a repressed shoe fetishist and boutique owner. Wanda is interviewed by a kinky journalist who gets to act out all his innermost longings as he is given a

demonstration of sadism. As the film ends, Gregor tries to win back Wanda in a most outlandish manner. SEDUCTION: THE CRUEL WOMAN is filled with images of the tunnel of waste underneath the city, an obvious metaphor for the proclivities of the gallery performers. In the locations, photography, and

performances, the film tries for a kind of stylized decadence. While the film contains some graphic sex (only between women), it is devoid of eroticism. Overall, it neither reaches the level of camp that might make it a midnight classic nor provokes any intellectual ruminations on its subject

matter.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Inspired by Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs," the German SEDUCTION: THE CRUEL WOMAN is an attempt at a stylish exploration into sado-masochism. Wanda (Mechthild Grossmann) runs a sex gallery in which her various friends and lovers enact scenes of sadism upo… (more)

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