Employing a complex multi-narrative structure, PSYCHOPATHIA SEXUALIS dramatizes case histories of turn-of-the-century sexual deviance, drawn from the pages of Richard von Krafft-Ebing's notorious medical text. Among the cases are a sexually repressed man who discovers an unhealthy appetite for blood; a homosexual man who submits himself to a doctor who promises to 'cure' his condition; and a masochist who hires a pair of corseted prostitutes to enact a most peculiar performance. In the final chapter, a woman who has spent her life suppressing her lesbian desires is hired to tutor a sexually curious young woman. These stories are bound together by the thread of an ambitious doctor who not only studies the patients but uses them as pawns and playthings.
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For any lesbian who has ever had a crush on a special female teacher or felt she was in love with a favorite same-sex professor...a very erotic scene is yours if you can wade through the rest of this. Four stars for their romance and lovemaking only
Not my taste.
A fascinating critical examination of Dr. Kraff-Ebing's narrow-minded treatment of so-called abnormal sexual behavior. It suffered from an unimaginative and overtly serious re-telling of some of his case histories. More scenes like the shadow puppets performance of necromancy would have made it more powerful.
eerie and weird