The Italian La Pelle was released in English-speaking countries as The Skin. Set in the twilight of World War 2, the film is a compendium of bitter recollections concerning the Allied liberation of Naples. These memories were originally bundled together in book form by Curzio Malaparte, played herein by Marcello Mastroianni.
Set in a Milan of the future under a totalitarian regime, Liliana Cavani’s I cannibali is at once inspired by Sophocles’s tragedy of Antigone, and very definitely influenced by the youth revolts and general zeitgeist of the late ’60s and early ’70s. In this repressive state, the authorities chase down, brutalize, drive insane, and/or silence with bullets any dissenters against the order.
Set in 1938 Berlin, Louise Von Hollendorf is the wife of a young Nazi diplomat who meets and falls in love with a certain Mitsuko Matsugae, an artist and the daughter of the Japanese ambassador to Germany. Louise's husband Heinz soon finds out and tries to break up the union between his wife and Mitsuko only to eventually fall in love with Mitsuko also, while outside parties who include art professor Joseph Benno, Mitsuko's lover, and Heinz's cousin Wolf, a Gestapo officer, figure in which threatens to destroy the love triangle for good.