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Le vice et la vertu (1963)

Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of France, VICE AND VIRTURE is a stylized retelling of the Marquis de Sade's Justine, as envisioned by one of cinema's most provocative filmmakers Roger Vadim.

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Juliette Morand, Le vice
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Justine Morand, la vertu
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SS Colonel Erik Schörndorf
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General von Bamberg
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Hans Streicher
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Héléna
Valeria Ciangottini ...
Manuela
Paul Gégauff ...
Le docteur S.S. / S.S. doctor
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Danielle
Serge Marquand ...
Ivan
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Lieutenant Hoech
Michel de Ré ...
Professeur Naroyortz, astrologue / Astrologer
Jean Lévitte ...
(as Jean Le Vitte)
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Un général S.S. / SS Man
Henri Virlojeux ...
L'intellectuel joueur d'échecs, président du tribunal
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Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of France, VICE AND VIRTURE is a stylized retelling of the Marquis de Sade's Justine, as envisioned by one of cinema's most provocative filmmakers Roger Vadim.

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Laster und Tugend  »

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Another take on the human condition
30 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Roger Vadim opens this movie with a short introduction. He explains to viewers that this story uses history as a backdrop to explore human themes, and with that places himself with the likes of Shakespeare, who used the same method to explore the human condition.

This movie is much than the superficial elements of keeping sex slaves. It is a story of power, survival, opportunity, greed, lust, and love. WWII provides an ample setting for these human emotions to play itself out. Some viewers may not believe there is much love, yet this deserves more attention.

Love has many faces and is an emotion that bares its soul in a variety of ways, using broken and bitter people who, through circumstances from WWII, find themselves expressing love that is both crippled and heart wrenching.

Finally this movie questions other concepts, so important in war, such as camaraderie, patriotism, losing and winning, and how soldiers manage these additional pressures when confronted on a daily basis.

This is an intense movie, and although it can be confusing at times with so much Roger Vadim wants to say, he has shown considerable skill in trying to tie all these elements together.


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