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Vice and Virtue (1963)

Le vice et la vertu (original title)
Roger Vadim opens this movie with a short introduction. He explains to the viewers that this story uses history as a backdrop to explore human themes... See full synopsis »

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Robert Hossein ...
SS Colonel Erik Schörndorf
O.E. Hasse ...
General von Bamberg
Philippe Lemaire ...
Hans Streicher
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Héléna
Valeria Ciangottini ...
Manuela
Paul Gégauff ...
Le docteur S.S. / S.S. doctor
Astrid Heeren ...
Danielle
Serge Marquand ...
Ivan
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Lieutenant Hoech
Michel de Ré ...
Professeur Naroyortz, astrologue / Astrologer
Jean Lévitte ...
(as Jean Le Vitte)
Howard Vernon ...
Un général S.S. / SS Man
Henri Virlojeux ...
L'intellectuel joueur d'échecs, président du tribunal
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Roger Vadim opens this movie with a short introduction. He explains to the viewers that this story uses history as a backdrop to explore human themes... See full synopsis »

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1 March 1963 (France)  »

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Laster und Tugend  »

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Romantic muse to Pasolini's Salo
11 December 2002 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Anybody who has seen Pasolini's 'Salo' will realise that Pasolini owed a debt to Vadim as the similarities in certain sections of the film are perfectly obvious. The key scene in relation to 'Salo' is when the 'victims' enter the chateau and once they are in the chateau suffer the same sort of torments as in Pasolini's film.

The basic difference between the two films is that despite the horrific subject matter Vadim retains a sense of romanticism which Pasolini rejected. It is a great pity this film is not more widely available on video as it is beautifully shot in scope with a delirious score that mixes Gotterdammerung with 'Les Parapluies de Cherbourg'!

The acting, especially from Annie Girardot is exemplary. You can see why this actress gave a such a terrific performance recently in 'La Pianiste'. It was however one of Deneuve's first roles and like all her early films she was not at her best, but clearly decorative.

A 'must-see' film for all those film lovers who have appreciated the likes of 'The Night Porter' and Visconti's 'The Damned'.

10/10


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