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Eugenie... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion (1970)

De Sade 70 (original title)
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.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writer:

Harry Alan Towers (as Peter Welbeck)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Maria Rohm ... Mme. de St. Ange
Marie Liljedahl ... Eugenie / Mistival's daughter
Jack Taylor ... Mirvel / Ange's step brother
Christopher Lee ... Dolmance
Paul Muller ... Mistival / Eugenie's father
María Luisa Ponte ... Mme. Mistival / Eugenie's mother (as Ingrid Swenson)
Anney Kablan Anney Kablan ... Augustin / Servant (as Kaplan)
Uta Dahlberg Uta Dahlberg ... Therese / Servant
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Mme. de St. Ange reads Marquis de Sade's Philosophy in her boudoir and fantasizes about its excessive content. She has sex with Mistival in exchange for permission to take his lovely teenage daughter Eugenie to her vacation island. Eugenie was educated in a convent and sexually inexperienced. When she arrives, she and her step brother and lover, Mirvel seduce her into joining their bizarre sexual role-playing. A party follows, during which Eugenie is drugged and forced to submit to sadomasochistic games directed by Dolmance and his oddly-dressed followers. When she awakens from her stupor, however, Eugenie finds that the games have turned to murder. Written by lament

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Spain | West Germany

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English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

March 1970 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Sir 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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Version of L'educazione sentimentale di Eugénie (2005) See more »

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Worth a look, if not high praise
19 July 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

It is not difficult to understand why this languorous Franco ero-drama caused quite the controversy when released in 1970. It is sexually frank and throws in incest, lesbianism and interracial kissing with gleeful abandon.

Today, it seems very tame from a graphic point of view, but its sexual politics are way ahead of the ultra-conservative (sexual) climate the film industry currently operates in.

This is not an el cheapo Franco flutter shot on a castle set with bad lighting and hit-and-miss focus. It is beautifully shot by Manuel Merino and, as always, Bruno Nicolai delivers a rich, evocative score.

Eugenie's "journey" into perversion encompasses light lesbianism, a little rough intercourse and some soft whipping of her tender breasts. She emerges more lost and confused than liberated and ends up wandering nude for several minutes on an island; this sequence, the film's strongest, is quite surreal.

Marie Liljedahl, who plays Eugenie, is not Soledad Miranda, and is quite bland in her leading lady role.

Jack Taylor is suitably oily as Maria Rohm's lust-filled brother and Rohm makes the most of her role as Eugene's corrupter.

I like EUGENIE DE SADE quite a bit more than this and find it far more erotic, but this is worth a look, if not high praise.


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