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Marquis de Sade's Justine (1977)

Cruel Passion (original title)
Justine (Koo Stark) wishes to remain innocent and virginal, but instead slips into a life of debauchery, torture, whipping, slavery and salaciousness. Meanwhile, her brazen, flirtatious and... See full summary »

Director:

Chris Boger

Writers:

Marquis de Sade (book), Ian Cullen (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Koo Stark ... Justine Jerome
Martin Potter ... Lord Carlisle
Lydia Lisle Lydia Lisle ... Juliette Jerome
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Mme Laronde
Hope Jackman Hope Jackman ... Mrs. Bonny
Barry McGinn Barry McGinn ... George
Louis Ife Louis Ife ... Pastor John
Maggie Petersen Maggie Petersen ... Mother Superior
David Masterman David Masterman ... Archer
Ian McKay Ian McKay ... Brough
Malou Cartwright Malou Cartwright ... Sister Claire
Jason White Jason White ... Pearce
Ann Michelle ... Pauline
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Justine (Koo Stark) wishes to remain innocent and virginal, but instead slips into a life of debauchery, torture, whipping, slavery and salaciousness. Meanwhile, her brazen, flirtatious and liberated sister Juliette ironically receives nothing but happiness and reward for her wanton behavior. Justine's only possible hope of true love and salvation is one of her sister's former lovers, the suave and elegant Lord Carlisle (Martin Potter). But is he as virtuous as he seems? Written by lament

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Country:

UK | West Germany | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the stagecoach scenes, it can be seen that in the long shots there are no passengers on board until the close-up shots. See more »

Quotes

Mme Laronde: Now, all you have to do is comply with all my teachings. Be clean and economical, frank with me and fair with your companions - and fraudulent when dealing with men. Come with me my little one.
Mme Laronde: In ten years, from now, you have your own apartments with a silver mirror before and a maid behind to do your bidding. The erotic arts as taught in this house will bring you whatever may be your hearts' desire. Now, what money have you?
Juliette Jerome: Less than forty pounds between us, Madame.
Mme Laronde: Ooooh, a well-born girl ...
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Version of Marquis de Sade's Justine (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV 351
(uncredited)
By George Frideric Handel
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Surprisingly faithful adaptation...
10 August 2012 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

"Justine: Cruel Passion" is much better than expected. This 1977 film version turns out to be very faithful to it's source material, in this case the writings of the Marquis De Sade. His tale of a young innocent, cast into the cruel, corrupt World when her parents die, is certainly a grim one. Koo Stark does surprisingly well at portraying virginal innocence, disgusted by the violence and vice surrounding her. The more she resists, the harder she is pursued by the corrupt people in her midst. Stark really is good here; she doesn't overplay it, she never comes across as unbelievably naive and innocent. Overdoing it might have made it seem silly to care for Justine. I was rather expecting a trashy excuse to show wall to wall soft core sex, but "Cruel Passion" turns out to be rather tame in that regard, which probably explains the low ratings here. Any viewer looking to get a lot of nudity and sex out of this production might be a bit disappointed. What we have instead is a very handsomely filmed, Gothic/Victorian "bodice ripper," only with a surprisingly bleak and grim conclusion, that I was not expecting. Beautiful sets and costumes, mist shrouded countrysides, and a fine utilization of it's classical soundtrack, all come together to make an above average film that is essentially about the loss of innocence. Entire passages are taken verbatim from the Marquis De Sade, resulting in dialog that is at times poetic. The story of Justine was filmed several times, but this 1977 version remains the most faithful to the original writings. Recommended for anyone interested in the writings of Sade, as well as fans of Gothic and erotic films.


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