The Libertine (1969 film)

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For a 2004 film of the same title, see The Libertine (2004 film).
The Libertine
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Directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile
Produced by Silvio Clementelli
Written by Nicolò Ferrari,
Ottavio Jemma
Starring Catherine Spaak
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Gigi Proietti
Music by Armando Trovajoli
Cinematography Alfio Contini
Distributed by Audubon Film
Release date(s) 15 May 1969
Running time 90 mins
Language Italian

The Libertine (La Matriarca; a.k.a. The Matriarch) was a 1969 Italian film directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile.


This is a sex comedy film about Mimi (Catherine Spaak), a young widow who discovers that her recently deceased husband kept a secret apartment for his kinky desires. Frustrated that he did not explore his sexual fantasies with his wife, she embarks on a quest to understand perversion and sexuality. She uses her late husband's apartment to seduce various men, each time learning more about the depths of human pleasure, as well as the extent of the sexual double standard for women (late in the film, she states, "I notice men only call me a whore when I say no. Or stop saying yes."

Finally, she meets the man who shares himself fully with her, appreciates her sexual daring and accepts her for whoever she is.


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