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Sweet Ecstasy (1962)

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Not Rated | | Drama | 7 March 1962 (France)
Olivier, a handsome but callow and moody young student, picks up an enthusiastic actress during a theatre rehearsal, and is introduced to her acquaintances -- a group of jaded rich kids who... See full summary »


Max Pécas (as Max Pecas)


Jacques Aucante (screenplay), Grisha Dabat (dialogue) (as G.M. Dabat) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Brice ... Maddy
Elke Sommer ... Elke
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Christian Pezey Christian Pezey ... Olivier
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Lionel Bernier Lionel Bernier
Brigitte Suard Brigitte Suard
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Olivier, a handsome but callow and moody young student, picks up an enthusiastic actress during a theatre rehearsal, and is introduced to her acquaintances -- a group of jaded rich kids who spend their time storming around the Riviera harassing passersby, throwing wild parties and following all the latest trends. When sexy Elke gives him the eye, he leaves the actress in the lurch and joins the gang for a decadent party aboard a yacht. However, Elke's wanton ways and Olivier's inexperience do not mesh. Charlie accidentally sets the yacht afire. The gang wreaks its vengeance by luring him into a dangerous contest of bravura on a construction site.

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Like one of those perfumed nights that rob you of sleep...




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7 March 1962 (France) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.56 (1961) See more »


Music by Georges Garvarentz
Performed by Pierre Sellin, Sa Trompette Et Ses Rythmes
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Just because Elke is gorgeous does NOT mean it's a must-see film.
15 November 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This French film must have seemed very steamy back in the early 1960s, though today it seems very tame and rather silly. In fact, while it seems like a sex film (and is, at times rather sexy), it is all tease and no please. This, combined with the silliness of the acting and characters make it, at best, an odd curio about another time and another place. I noticed that one viewer gave it a 10--mostly because the star, Elke Sommer, scorched up the screen. Well, scorching or not, this wasn't nearly enough for me to recommend you watch it. In other words, the film's deficits clearly outweigh its strengths.

The film is set in post-war Europe. A small group of selfish young hedonists live to have fun--regardless of the consequences. They drink, party, make love (though you never see anything) and party some more. One day, while quite bored, the male ringleader of this group of jerks comes up with a plan--he wants his girlfriend (Elke) to seduce an uptight rich guy and bring him over to their way of life. The results are predictable and much like a late 50s-early 60s exploitation fare. Nothing particularly enjoyable about the film unless you want to watch it with friends and laugh at it.

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