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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maddy
... Elke
Vittoria Prada ... Barbara
Christian Pezey ... Olivier
Jenny Astruc ... Mick
Michèle Bardollet ... Choutte (as Michelle Bardollet)
Robert Drame ... (as Robert Darame)
Michel Gordon
Lionel Bernier
Brigitte Suard
... (as Mitzouko)
Conrad Pringle
Robert Barre
Jacques Bézard ... (as Jacques Bezard)
Roger Rudel
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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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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.56 (1961) See more »

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Please Play Mr Sellin
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Music by Georges Garvarentz
Performed by Pierre Sellin, Sa Trompette Et Ses Rythmes
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depressingly downbeat
15 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

In the spirit of the old-fashioned "square-up" reels of early exploitation films, most of the sexy exposés of the early 60s, from Fellini to HG Lewis, presented -- at least superficially -- a morally critical, jaundiced view of the decadence they so willingly displayed. However, the doom-laden view of the wanton lifestyle in Sweet Ecstasy so overwhelmingly permeates the movie that it becomes little more than a depressing experience. Pecas never had the style or brashness of Benazeraf or Metzger, who dealt with similar themes. Elke Sommer, boosted as a Bardot clone, looks stunning and iconic, but completely lacks the charm and freebooting personality of her rival. And the big-band jazz music by Aznavour, with a few ditties by Halliday, now seem totally "square" next to the playful cocktail stylings of Chet Baker et al during the same period. Quite disappointing; the same team's Daniella by Night holds up a lot better thanks to its kitschiness.


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