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After his dog dies an artist living on a deserted island adopts a new pet: a woman who acts like a dog. I couldn't tell whether this multilayered 1972 allegory about gender roles and political philosophy was intended primarily to be campy or earnest, but the movie's caginess is part of what makes it so interesting. In a pointed close-up we see a barrelful of doll parts in the artist's shack; just when things are about to get sexual, the woman breaks the mood to ask what he does with them—a symbolist irony I found hilarious. Director Marco Ferreri, Ennio Flaiano, and Jean-Claude Carriere wrote the screenplay based on a story by Flaiano; with Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve.

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