The Marquis de Sade is locked in the Charenton mental hospital and decides to put on a play. His overseers agree as long as he follows certain conditions. He writes and directs the other mental patients in a play based on the life of the Jean-Paul Marat. As the play progresses, the inmates become more and more possessed by the violence of the play and become extremely difficult to control. Finally, all chaos breaks loose. Written by
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was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "Marat/Sade" recreating the role in this filmed production. See more
Marquis de Sade
To me, the only reality is imagination; the world inside myself. The revolution no longer interests me.
The opening credits - the play's title, stage credits and the actors appearing in the film - pop on the screen, one word at a time, until it is filled. The closing credits - the film's production staff - start off with a full screen of words; they then pop off the screen, one word at a time, until it is completely empty...just as it was when the film began. See more
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