The Skin

La pelle

134 mins
6.8 / 10 (138)


Based on the memoirs of author Curzio Malaparte, diplomatic liaison between the Allied and Italian forces after the defeat of the Nazi’s in Italy, The Skin follows the collapse of Italian society under the US occupation and the desperate measures required for survival.

MUBI's take

Starring Burt Lancaster and Marcello Mastroianni, this past Palme d’Or contender is set in post-fascist Naples, where food prices are inflated but women’s bodies come cheap. War is often erotic in Liliana Cavani’s films—and here its economically, politically fraught aftermath plays out sexually too.

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