Mascara

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At a performance of Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice, twisted police chief Sanders (Sarrazin) and his incestuously beloved sister Gaby (Rampling) befriend the costume designer (De Lint). Gaby is enamoured of the designer's good looks, Sanders of one of his slinky creations, which he fancies for someone at a subterranean dive, where he and his cronies (straight off Genet's Balcony) amuse themselves listening to transvestite divas miming to Bellini, or watching chain-mailed leather boys swapping oysters mouth-to-mouth. Later discovering that the old (but unconsummated) flame for whom he had acquired the dress has something(s) in her panties, Sanders strangles her/him in disgust. The whole sordid affair dribbles on headlong to such a bathetic climax that even ardent searchers after nefarious enjoyment should draw seven veils over this one.

By: WH

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Director: Patrick Conrad
Screenwriter: Hugo Claus, Patrick Conrad, Pierre Drouot
Cast: Charlotte Rampling
Michael Sarrazin
Derek De Lint
Jappe Claes
Herbert Flack
Harry Cleven
Eva Robbins