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Marquis de Sade's Justine (1969)

Marquis de Sade: Justine (original title)
Without a family, penniless and separated from her sister, a beautiful chaste woman will have to cope with an endless parade of villains, perverts and degenerates who will claim not only her treasured virtue but also her life.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writer:

Harry Alan Towers (as Peter Welbeck)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Kinski ... Marquis de Sade (as Klaus Kinsky)
Romina Power ... Justine
Maria Rohm ... Juliette
Rosemary Dexter ... Claudine
Carmen de Lirio ... Madame de Buisson
Akim Tamiroff ... Du Harpin
Gustavo Re ... Desroches
Mercedes McCambridge ... Madame Dusbois
Serena Vergano ... Prisoner
José Manuel Martín José Manuel Martín ... Victor (as José Manuel Martin)
Mike Brendel Mike Brendel ... Pierre
Harald Leipnitz ... Raymond
Horst Frank ... Marquis de Bressac
Angel Petit Angel Petit ... Jasmin
Sylva Koscina ... Marquise de Bressac
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Storyline

Left without a family and a few crowns each, cloistered sisters Juliette and her innocent chaste sibling Justine are forced to leave the nunnery's protection, and for the first time in their life, dwell by themselves in the harsh outside world. But fate can be relentless as it can be cruel and undeserved, and while Juliette finds shelter in Madame de Buisson's welcoming brothel, at the same time, beautiful auburn-haired Justine will have to cope with an almost endless parade of villains, perverts and degenerates who will claim not only her puny fortune but also her treasured virtue and her life. As a result, Justine humiliated, wrongfully accused and brought to her knees, she will inevitably question her life of uprightness, chastity and suffering, reaching to a reluctant and unpleasant conclusion. Is it blasphemy or is it the voice of reason? Written by Nick Riganas

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An erotic fantasy horror from the tortured pen of The Marquis de Sade. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 April 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Sanctuary See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Runtime:

| (Italian) | (2002 video release) (uncut) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Marquis de Sade: Is it true that prosperity may accompany the more bad behavior while the misfortune tirelessly heels virtue?
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Version of Justine och Juliette (1975) See more »

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Plaisir D'Amour
(uncredited)
By Jean-Paul-Égide Martini
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Bad Taste Triumphant - Great Fun!
14 October 2003 | by david melvilleSee all my reviews

Sorry to disappoint, but Justine is by no means the welter of non-stop gore and perversion you might expect from a confluence of Franco, de Sade and producer Harry Alan Towers. Adapted from the Marquis's sublimely immoral 'moral tale,' it plays for much of its length as a bawdy 18th century romp in the style of Tom Jones. Naturally, with the added joys of cut-rate production values and dodgy acting.

We only hit familiar Franco territory when our heroine (a bland Romina Power - yes, Tyrone's daughter) is ravished by a coven of depraved monks. Cue for lots of naked Eurotrash starlets, trussed up in chains. Gee, it's good to be home!

So Justine is not quite your typical Franco production. For a start, it has something approaching a budget. That means a lot of semi-big names (most of whom have seen better days) show up as 'guest stars.' Indeed, the film is best watched as a vast costume party, whose guests have been invited to Come-As-Your-Most-Embarrassing-Moment.

Hence we get Akim Tamiroff as a drunken pimp, Mercedes McCambridge as a lesbian brigand, Sylva Koscina as a cross-dressing noblewoman and Klaus Kinski as the Marquis de Sade himself. The grand prize must go to Jack Palance as Brother Antonin, spiritual leader of the above-mentioned depraved monks. His may be the most deranged performance in the annals of screen acting.

Weighed down by the baggage of an international tax-shelter epic, Justine never comes close to the dreamlike delirium of Succubus or Virgin Among the Living Dead or any of Franco's more extreme, smaller-scale works. Still, it's a lot of fun - in its utterly reprehensible way.

Franco himself even crops up as the ringmaster of a grotesque peepshow, where Justine is forced to appear after she survives any number of Fates-Worse-Than-Death. Now that's what I call typecasting!


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