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21 February 1970 (Japan) See more »
Her body is bruised and embraced beyond her wildest dreams...
An innocent girl goes to spend the weekend on an island with a woman and her brother, but soon she finds herself entangled in a web of dream-like sexual experiments. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Maria Rohm ... Madame Saint Ange

Marie Liljedahl ... Eugenie
Jack Taylor ... Mirvel

Christopher Lee ... Dolmance
Paul Muller ... Mistival
María Luisa Ponte ... Madame Mistival (as Ingrid Swenson)
Anney Kablan ... Augustin (as Kaplan)
Uta Dahlberg ... Therese
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jesús Franco ... Man on red ritual scene (uncredited)
Herbert Fux ... Hardin (uncredited)
Colette Giacobine ... Colette (uncredited)
Nino Korda ... Roches (uncredited)
Kathy Lagarde ... Maid (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marquis de Sade  novel "La Philosophie dans le boudoir" (uncredited)
Harry Alan Towers  written by (as Peter Welbeck)

Produced by
Harry Alan Towers .... producer (as Peter Welbeck)
Original Music by
Bruno Nicolai 
Hans Günther Leonhardt (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Manuel Merino (photography)
Editorial Department
Andrew Drapkin .... colorist: restoration
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Anney Kablan .... performer: song (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"De Sade 70" - Spain (original title)
"Eugenie... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion" - USA
"Marquis De Sade's 'Philosophy in the Boudoir'" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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87 min | West Germany:81 min | Argentina:92 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | USA:X | West Germany:18 (Spio-Kommission-X)

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Christopher Lee claims he had no idea this was softcore porn until he actually saw the movie. Various of his scenes were shot, and then edited in with the sex scenes later and during the opening sequence, he was unaware there was a nude woman on the altar behind him because drapery was swirled over her as soon as the camera stopped rolling and he'd turn around.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
One of the "good" Franco movies, 14 June 2006
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

"Eugenie" is a scandalous story from the Marquis de Sade about a naive young girl who is sold by her father into the servitude of a married pair of depraved libertines who proceed to seduce and debauch her. Not surprisingly, it has not received a lot cinematic treatment (and could probably not even be made these days). Even the incredibly prolific and repetitive Jesus Franco only made two versions of the story, this and one in the early 80's called "Erotismo" ("Eugenie de Sade", made a year later with Soledad Miranda, is also based on a De Sade story, but is about a very different character also named Eugenie).

This is no doubt the better version. It was made at a time when Franco had access to plenty of a money through producer Harry Allen Towers and quality international stars, not only Maria Rohm and Jack Taylor as the libertine couple, but even Christopher Lee (who apparently had no idea what he was getting into) as the leader of the strange sex cult the pair belong to. As the title character Eugenie, Swedish actress Marie "Inga" Lillejahl is a typical Franco actress of the period--not as talented as some Franco collaborators like Soledad Miranda or Rosalba Neri, but very beautiful and classy unlike many of his later actresses (including his wife Lina Romay, who beautiful as she was, had a bad tendency of indulging the director in his most tasteless cinematic fantasies). Lillejahl, I might also add, was older than the character she played, and it turns out it's much better to cast a twenty year old as a fourteen year in a fairly explicit role than an actual fourteen year old as he did in "Erotismo" (Katja Beinert, who ironically could have easily passed for twenty), not only for moral reasons but also artistic ones--just as a drunk is best played by someone who is not actually drunk, a naive innocent is most effectively played by someone who is NOT actually a naive innocent.

The beautiful, dream-like style of the movie also does a lot to mitigate the inherent sleaziness of the subject matter. The scenes of Lillejahl stumbling naked along barren sand dunes with lots of phallic jutting rocks as the morning sun comes up are very memorable (even if they don't make a lot of sense). The repetitive opening and closing sequences Franco uses is a hoary device that goes all the way back to the British classic "Dead of Night", but it is quite effective and really adds to the dream-like atmosphere. One of the "good" Franco movies.

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