De Sade (2001)




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Keir Dullea dives into a bevy of babes with an open wine bottle as the notorious Marquis de Sade in this low-budget debauch from American International Pictures -- purveyors of fine entertainment morsels for the connoisseur. The film takes place as an extended flashback after de Sade has escaped from a madhouse and taken refuge in the dilapidated mansion where he was reared. In his flashback, de Sade recalls how the Abbe de Sade (John Huston) used to have a maid whip him until he began to like it. Of course, after that, the next step down the primrose path was flagellation and orgies. Finally sent to a French jail for lewd behavior, de Sade begins to write anti-government creeds to while away the hours. After his release, he is compelled to marry the repulsive Renee de Montreuil (Anna Massey). De Sade goes along with the marriage in order to get closer to her sister Anne (Senta Berger). In spite of that, de Sade continues to seek out various forms of softcore sex. But then the Black Plague hits.
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Keir Dullea
as Marquis de Sade
John Huston
as The Abbe
Senta Berger
as Anne Montreuil
Anna Massey
as Renee De Montreuil
Lilli Palmer
as Mme. De Montreuil
Christiane Kruger
as Marquis' Mistress
Uta Levka
as Rose Keller
Sonja Ziemann
as La Beauvoisin
Herbert Weissbach
as M. De Montreuil
Max Kiebach
as De Sade as a Boy
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Critic Reviews for De Sade

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Not quite as silly as it looks and sounds, but it comes very close.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It was pure torture sitting through this dull version of the life of Marquis De Sade.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This awful attempt to do a movie biography of the Marquis de Sade falls flat, with embarrassing performances from all of the actors.

Full Review… | December 10, 2007
TV Guide

Essentially the film is Caligula set 1700 years later, complete with washed-out photography and no-name actresses willing to show off their, ahem, talents.

July 29, 2003

A self-indulgent excuse to employ what now looks like very dated psychedelic 1960s filmmaking techniques.

Full Review… | July 29, 2003
Apollo Guide

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June 29, 2005

Audience Reviews for De Sade

Your weakness made you deserve every punishment you received. De Sade while imprisoned has strange dreams from his time before the asylum. We see De Sade as a boy being molested by the Catholic clergy, then later appear to be happily married. Unfortunately for De Sade, he is a sexually active and a deviant man, who spends numerous hours chasing women, some married, some not married, but mostly whores in brothels. Eventually he is caught and his life is turned upside down, leading to the events of the dreaming old man in a cell. "Something guaranteed to tear your heart from your soul." Four director collaborate to deliver De Sade. This storyline is part story and part elongated orgies and long kinky sex sequences. You see De Sade was more worried about self pleasure and self fulfillment than responsibility. It made for an interesting style of film. The cast includes Keir Dullea, John Huston, Lilli Palmer, Senta Berger and Anna Massey. "Don't you ever, ever say enough to me." I am a huge John Huston fan and this movie came up when I was looking at his films. I knew he didn't direct it but I decided to watch it anyway when I came across this on Netflix. Well, this was all over the place and lacked a consistent feel and direction. There were parts of this that was worthwhile, but not enough to recommend it. I'd skip this. "You cannot change and your promises mean nothing. The devil owns you." Grade: C-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

(** 1/2): [img][/img] It almost worked for me but I just found it a little too boring for me to recommend. Good production values.


If the movie was called "The Young Nobleman" or something, it would work better. Entertaining, but I never bought that this character was the famously sinful and indulgent Marquis.

Eric Henderson
Eric Henderson

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