The Whip and the Body  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Whip and The Body (La Frusta e il Corpo) is a 1963 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava and written by Ernesto Gastaldi. Starring Christopher Lee and Daliah Lavi.


In the 19th century, sadistic nobleman Kurt Menliff (charismatically played by Christopher Lee) has returned home to reclaim both his title and his ex-lover Nevenka (Daliah Lavi), who is now married to his brother, Christian (Tony Kendall). In a telling scene Kurt grabs a whip and forces Nevenka backwards onto a rock – he exclaims, “You haven't changed” and then proceeds to whip Nevenka's back, telling her “You always loved violence”, implying their sadomasochistic relationship.

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