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Marquis de Sade: Justine
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3 April 1969 (Italy) See more »
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An erotic fantasy horror from the tortured pen of The Marquis de Sade.
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A woman named Justine is used and abused by all manner of perverts, freaks and sexual deviants. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Klaus Kinski ... Marquis de Sade

Romina Power ... Justine

Maria Rohm ... Juliette
Rosemary Dexter ... Claudine
Carmen de Lirio ... Madame de Buisson

Akim Tamiroff ... Du Harpin
Gustavo Re ... Derroches

Mercedes McCambridge ... Madame Dusbois
Serena Vergano ... Prisoner
José Manuel Martín ... Victor
Mike Brendel ... Pierre
Harald Leipnitz ... Raymond
Horst Frank ... Marquis de Bressac
Angel Petit ... Jasmin

Sylva Koscina ... Marquise de Bressac
Howard Vernon ... Clément

Jack Palance ... Antonin
Rosalba Neri ... Florette
Claudia Gravy ... Olivia
Gérard Tichy ... Comte Courville
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Ciges ... (uncredited)

Jesús Franco ... White turbaned host in theatre (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marquis de Sade  novel "Justine ou les malheurs de la vertu" (uncredited)
Harry Alan Towers  (as Peter Welbeck)

Produced by
Harry Alan Towers .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Nicolai 
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Merino 
 
Film Editing by
Nicholas Wentworth 
 
Art Direction by
Santiago Ontañón 
 
Production Management
Juan Estelrich .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ricardo Franco .... assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Javier Pérez Zofio .... camera operator (as Javier Zofio)
 

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Also Known As:
"Marquis de Sade: Justine" - Italy (original title)
"Justine" - USA, West Germany (TV title)
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Runtime:
90 min | Argentina:95 min | Italy:105 min (Italian version) | UK:124 min (2002 video release) (uncut) | 124 min (uncut version)
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Reportedly Jesús Franco's most expensive film to date.See more »
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: The sound we hear on the soundtrack (at c. 26 minutes) is clearly the spanking of bare flesh but the film shows that the blows only strike clothed buttocks.See more »
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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
[insert sound of cat coughing up hairball here], 8 May 2004
Author: zBirdman from Raleigh, NC

In a word; terrible. The actual story "Justine" is a somewhat perverted morality tale that has a very shrewd understory; de Sade is well known in spite of his fascination with the perverse - he truly was a gifted wordsmith.

Would that the same could be said of Franco's "Justine". According to Franco on the short interview included on the DVD, Romina Power was basically forced on him to be the "star", and he does not hide his disgust at her performance in the interview. Franco didn't want her, Power didn't seem to care either way (he said she rarely even knew when the camera was rolling; basically, she'd have a hard time even playing convincing furniture) and to things even better, Romina's Mom tagged along.

If you're looking for S&M, you're not going to find it here. If you're looking for nudity, you will find it here, but you quickly won't care. If you're interested in the Marquis de Sade, you won't learn anything about him by watching this. If you're on Death Row with two hours left, then this truly is the film for you; but all others should really steer clear.

Klaus Kinski was listed as the star of the film in Europe, and yet he speaks no lines and interacts with none of the other characters in the film. The first few minutes of the film (around 10 minutes, but it seemed like 30) show Kinski as the Marquis. He appears to be swimming in a sea of writing compulsions and drifting beyond the bounds of reality, or he's simply in dire need of a strong laxative. Either way, his segments are interspersed throughout the film, and they add absolutely nothing.

Jack Palance is wildly flamboyant, but it's hard to tell what the heck is going on with him anyway. In one particularly bizarre sequence he's gliding around on some sort of a wheeled dolly like a wax statue. According to Franco, Palance was always drunk, but he was pleased with his performance as Antonin.

It's not erotic. It's not sensual. It's not alluring. My wife and I watched it anticipating something like "The Story of O", but ended up with "The Story of O No". Definitely NOT recommended.

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