The Libertine (1968 film)  

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"Many literary works describe Phyllis riding on the back of Aristotle. Taking down the saddle from the wall, she mounted it on his back and he, content, allowed her to ride him up and down the garden."--The Libertine

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The Libertine (1969, La Matriarca; a.k.a. The Matriarch) was an Italian sex comedy directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile. Its main theme is the 'perversion' of female domination. It has a scene in which Catherine Spaak rides Jean-Louis Trintignant as a horse.


This is an Italian 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."

She secretly studies Psychopathia Sexualis by Richard von Krafft-Ebing and decides to live the same experiences as her husband, with other men, friends or strangers, realizing that the sexual fantasy of a couple is generally excluded from marriage.

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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