by Bill Pearis


For romantics in need of a little BDSM on the big screen, there is really only one choice: Peter Strickland's The Duke of Burgundy, which tells the tale of entomologist lovers who struggle to maintain their relationship though varying degrees of enthusiasm for being locked in a chest. It's funny, smart, romantic, kinda sweet, absolutely gorgeous to look at and -- while there is maybe another bondage-themed film out this weekend -- surely The Duke of Burgundy is the only one to have a closing credit for "Human Toilet consultants." It's in theaters, on-demand and through the streaming service of your choice, now.

It's also got a sumptuous oboe/harpsichord/flute-filed score by Cat's Eyes (Faris of The Horrors and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira) that recalls the early '70s heyday of Ennio Morricone, John Barry, and Paul Giovanni and Magnet. You can check out the video for the main theme, which is basically the film's opening credits, and stream the whole soundtrack (via Dazed Digital), below...


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