Beyond Evil

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Cavani's biopic tracing the relationship between Friedrich Nietzsche (Josephson), minor writer Paul Rée (Powell), and Lou Salomé (Sanda), successful novelist and later student of Freud. Its celebration of a 'pure' and passionate friendship committed to Nietzsche's ideas (of a life transcending ethics) is given a handsomed Cinecittà period production. But Cavani's curious dramatic conceit that the writings of the Superman himself can be injected into flesh-and-blood historical characters - as dialogue, as models for outrageous social behaviour - finally ends up as ambiguous, sensationalistic and overblown as its true precursor, Ken Russell's Women in Love, a film to which Beyond Evil, to put it politely, more than pays homage.

Release details

Duration: 127 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Liliana Cavani
Screenwriter: Liliana Cavani, Franco Arcalli, Italo Moscati
Cast: Dominique Sanda
Robert Powell
Erland Josephson
Virna Lisi
Philippe Leroy
Umberto Orsini
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