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Marquis de Sade: Justine
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Release Date:
3 April 1969 (Italy) See more »
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An erotic fantasy horror from the tortured pen of The Marquis de Sade.
Plot:
A woman named Justine is used and abused by all manner of perverts, freaks and sexual deviants. | Add synopsis »
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Very strange film but certainly not unwatchable See more (26 total) »

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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In an interview on the Anchor Bay DVD release, Jesús Franco says he originally wanted Rosemary Dexter as Justine, but the American partners in the film insisted upon Romina Power. Franco compared her performance to a window dummy.See more »
Goofs:
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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Very strange film but certainly not unwatchable, 22 March 2015
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Marquis De Sade: Justine is a long way from being unwatchable as there are a number of things that are good. It is however a very strange film and not a very easy one to rate.

Starting with what is good about Marquis De Sade: Justine, coming off best is the music score which is outstanding, if on occasions overpowering, very stirring and rich in sound and it fits the film very well. The film also looks good, the sets are simply gorgeous, the plentiful costumes are certainly attractive and a lot of care was clearly put into the cinematography which is beautiful. The crowd scenes are tense and rousing and while he sometimes overdoes with the fading in and out Jesse Franco does give some of his most competent directing ever, though it does feel very different for him. While I was not very impressed with the acting generally, the charming Maria Rohm makes the most out of her brief role and Mercedes Mccambridge is an absolute hoot.

Romina Power is very wooden in the lead role on the other hand, while Klaus Kinski is criminally underused and pretty much wasted, spending his entire screen looking remote, and Jack Palance is embarrassingly over-the-top and out of place. I like Palance but not here, he's not as bad as he was in Che! and Outlaw of Gor but this is one of his worst performances. While the film is undeniably fun there are too many times where the story is episodically disjointed and lethargically paced, sometimes not as cohesive as it could be. It also feels very tame and toned down by today's standards and not sleazy or sensual enough, the story is one where those qualities are necessary and it just felt bland and agreed too correct. The ending is very heavy-handed when you can actually hear the dialogue when it's not being drowned out the stilted way it's written and uninvolved line delivery from most makes it not really worth listening to.

In conclusion, not unwatchable but very strange and not easy to make of. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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