De Sade (2001)
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as Marquis de Sade
as The Abbe
as Anne Montreuil
as Renee De Montreuil
as Mme. De Montreuil
as Marquis' Mistress
as Rose Keller
as La Beauvoisin
as M. De Montreuil
as De Sade as a Boy
Critic Reviews for De Sade
It was pure torture sitting through this dull version of the life of Marquis De Sade.
This awful attempt to do a movie biography of the Marquis de Sade falls flat, with embarrassing performances from all of the actors.
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.
A self-indulgent excuse to employ what now looks like very dated psychedelic 1960s filmmaking techniques.
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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-
(** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/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.
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