1974, 118 min, Italy, Dir: Liliana Cavani

This controversial and unsettling cult classic filters the long shadow that WWII cast across Europe through an obsessive affair defined by guilt, desire and domination. In 1957, concentration camp survivor Lucia Atherton (Charlotte Rampling) discovers ex-Nazi SS officer Maximilian Aldorfer (Dirk Bogarde) working as a night porter at a Vienna hotel. The two shared a secret relationship during the war, and soon resume their sadomasochistic trysts – but with war crimes trials looming, Max’s former Nazi comrades see Lucia as a threat. Bogarde and Rampling are both superb in demanding roles, and the beautiful cinematography and score give this twisted tale a powerful counterpoint.

1966, 92 min, Italy, Dir: Tinto Brass

A stranger (Philippe Leroy) rides into a lawless New Mexico town run by "Grand Cougar" Adolfo Celi and it doesn't take long for the two men to butt heads in a series of double-crosses. This typically violent, archetypal Western from Italian stylist Tinto Brass draws inspiration from Sergio Leone's "Man With No Name" as well as Brass' interest in comic books. In Italian with English subtitles. Not available on Region 1 DVD.

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