In A Fictional World Where Only Women Exist, One Filmmaker Is Exploring The Realities Of S&M

February 2, 2015 4:55 PM

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In A Fictional World Where Only Women Exist, One Filmmaker Is Exploring The Realities Of S&M

It's easy to call “The Duke of Burgundy” a period drama about a lesbian S&M relationship, or perhaps even describe it as “Blue Is the Warmest Color” meets “Fifty Shades of Grey” in the style of ‘70s sexploitation films. But each of those are mere labels that distract from an intricately layered third film from British filmmaker Peter Strickland (“Berberian Sound Studio”).

“The Duke of Burgundy” examines intimate female relationships unlike most films before it, with some exception for Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant" that similarly featured an all-female cast. There’s something different and captivating about “Duke,” which is essen...

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