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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.

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Cast

Keir Dullea
as Marquis de Sade
Senta Berger
as Anne Montreuil
Lilli Palmer
as Mme. De Montreuil
John Huston
as The Abbe
Anna Massey
as Renee De Montreuil
Sonja Ziemann
as La Beauvoisin
Uta Levka
as Rose Keller
Herbert Weissbach
as M. De Montreuil
Max Kiebach
as De Sade as a Boy
Christiane Kruger
as Marquis' Mistress
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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.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

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

April 2, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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.

December 10, 2007 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 2.5/5
Filmcritic.com

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

July 29, 2003 | Rating: 43/100 | Full Review…
Apollo Guide

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