The Oberhausen-Cut differs from the final version in a number of ways. There’s no spoken narration (and hence no subtitles), the photographs are much more overtly pornographic (in the shorter cut, cunningly-positioned fingers and thumbs are used to censor details, suggesting that Borowczyk planned alternative edits at the time of shooting), and there’s the notorious sequence featuring genuine bestiality – although an introductory card explains that to comply with German law, part of the image in this sequence had to be pixilated. Image quality is a fair bit poorer, but given the rarity of this cut that’s understandable. [MichaelB – criterionforum]



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