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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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In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 April 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Marquis de Sade's Justine 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 »

Goofs

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: In truth, Not meet the virtuous but briars when the wicked only gather as roses.
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Featured in The Perils and Pleasures of Justine (2004) See more »

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Plaisir D'Amour
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By Jean-Paul-Égide Martini
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[insert sound of cat coughing up hairball here]
8 May 2004 | by zBirdmanSee all my reviews

In a word; terrible. The actual story "Justine" is a somewhat perverted morality tale that has a very shrewd understory; de Sade is well known in spite of his fascination with the perverse - he truly was a gifted wordsmith.

Would that the same could be said of Franco's "Justine". According to Franco on the short interview included on the DVD, Romina Power was basically forced on him to be the "star", and he does not hide his disgust at her performance in the interview. Franco didn't want her, Power didn't seem to care either way (he said she rarely even knew when the camera was rolling; basically, she'd have a hard time even playing convincing furniture) and to things even better, Romina's Mom tagged along.

If you're looking for S&M, you're not going to find it here. If you're looking for nudity, you will find it here, but you quickly won't care. If you're interested in the Marquis de Sade, you won't learn anything about him by watching this. If you're on Death Row with two hours left, then this truly is the film for you; but all others should really steer clear.

Klaus Kinski was listed as the star of the film in Europe, and yet he speaks no lines and interacts with none of the other characters in the film. The first few minutes of the film (around 10 minutes, but it seemed like 30) show Kinski as the Marquis. He appears to be swimming in a sea of writing compulsions and drifting beyond the bounds of reality, or he's simply in dire need of a strong laxative. Either way, his segments are interspersed throughout the film, and they add absolutely nothing.

Jack Palance is wildly flamboyant, but it's hard to tell what the heck is going on with him anyway. In one particularly bizarre sequence he's gliding around on some sort of a wheeled dolly like a wax statue. According to Franco, Palance was always drunk, but he was pleased with his performance as Antonin.

It's not erotic. It's not sensual. It's not alluring. My wife and I watched it anticipating something like "The Story of O", but ended up with "The Story of O No". Definitely NOT recommended.


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