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Beyond Good and Evil



1882, Rome, in the Piazza della Minerva Hotel, Paul Rèe leaves his friend Fritz (Friedrich Nietzsche) with a group of prostitutes and in the midst of opium fumes while he goes to a party where he meets Lou Salomé (Lou Andreas von Salomé) an extremely rebellious Russian-Jewish woman.

She enters in a relationship with Paul, but at his marriage proposal, she demands a ménage à trois with Fritz.

The three move into Fritz’s family home, causing his sister Elisabeth’s indignation. Their relationship starts to fall apart and Paul and Lou travel to Berlin to study while Fritz goes to Venice where he becomes a prisoner of his own ghosts and of his desire for his two companions.

Lou will marry Karl Andreas in Berlin but will keep Paul as her chaperone. Fritz tries to go back to his friends but completely loses his sanity.

Technical Specifications

story: Liliana Cavani
screenplay: Liliana Cavani, Franco Arcalli, Italo Moscati
director: Liliana Cavani
assistant director: Paola Tallarigo, Albino Cocco
set design: Lorenzo Mongiardino
art director: Nedo Azzini
costumes: Piero Tosi
editing: Franco Arcalli
photography: Armando Nannuzzi
music: Daniele Paris
producers: Robert Gordon Edwards for Clesi Cinematografica, Lotar Film, Les Productions Artistes Associés (Paris), Artemis Gmbh (Berlin)
associate producer: Esa De Simone
released by: Italnoleggio Cinematografico
origine: Italy-France-Germany (BRD)
film: 35 mm, color
lenght: 127 minutes

Selected for…

  • II Teheran Film Festival, 1977
  • IX Belgrade Film Festival, 1978
  • Brussels Film Festival, 1978


Dominique Sanda (Lou)
Erland Josephson (Fritz)
Robert Powell (Paul)
Virna Lisi (Elizabeth)
Philippe Leroy (Peter Gast)
Carmen Scarpitta (Malwida)
Amedeo Amodio (Dulcamara)
Michael Degen (Karl Andreas)
Nicoletta Machiavelli (Amanda)

and special appearance by
Elisa Cegani (Franziska Nietzsche) and
Umberto Orsini


  • “Palladio d’oro” for best director, 1977
  • “Nastro d’argento” to Virna Lisi for best supporting actress, Venice Film Festival, 1977
  • Special mention from the Nietzschean Society