Seduction: The Cruel Woman

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Seduction: The Cruel Woman
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Seduction: The Cruel Woman DVD cover

Seduction: The Cruel Woman (Verführung: Die grausame Frau) is a 1985 West German film, directed by Elfi Mikesch (de) and Monika Treut, who both also wrote the screenplay. Wanda is played by Mechthild Großmann (de). The film was inspired by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs.


Wanda is a dominatrix who runs a gallery in Hamburg. She lures men and women of all types into her sadomasochistic world where audiences pay for the privilege of seeing her humiliate her slaves. The end is an ultimate mix of eros and thanatos.

And when she is eventually gunned down, not by her American female lover whom she turns into an assistant-Mistress and not by her older tender shoe-fetishist motherly concerned lover either, but by — of all people — her husband (who is also her slave), the supreme joy on her face is absolutely ineffable.

— Miodrag Kojadinović, "Seduction: The Cruel Woman I Could Have Been", Angles magazine, Vancouver, January 1994


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