Marquis de Sade: Justine (Deadly Sanctuary) (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

Marquis de Sade: Justine (Deadly Sanctuary) (1969)





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One of cult director Jesus Franco's most popular films, this uneven adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's notorious Justine stars Romina Power, daughter of actor Tyrone Power, in the title role. Justine and her sister Juliet (Maria Rohm) are poor orphans in 1700s France forced to leave school and find a way to survive in Paris. Juliet soon becomes a prostitute, while Justine is employed as a maid by Scrooge-like innkeeper Mssr. de Harpin (Akim Tamiroff). Eventually, Justine is falsely arrested for stealing a brooch and sentenced to death. Escaping prison with the murderous Mme. Dubois (Mercedes McCambridge), Justine becomes a fugitive. In her efforts to hide from the law, Justine finds herself captured first by a perverse gay Marquis (Klaus Kinski), who subjects her to various tortures, then by a group of sadistic monks led by Brother Antonin (Jack Palance in an amazingly bizarre performance). Rosemary Dexter was originally intended to portray Justine, and might have done a better job than the wooden Power, but appears only briefly in a lesser role. Heavily censored, various prints run 120, 105, 93, and 90 minutes. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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As an adapation of the Marquis de Sade's novel, Justine is not that great. It only sort of follows the plots of de Sade's novel, and it makes the terrible faux pas of making the film more erotic than disturbing. De Sade is always as disturbing as it is erotic. The film features little sadism much less the other more atrocious Sadean pastimes. but Franco does create a lavish, 18th century drama about the dichotomy between vice and virtue, which at times seems to have more to do with Samuel Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa than with de Sade's Justine and Juliette--it's of course important to remember that Justine is, in part, a parody of Pamela. Filled with off-the-wall characters and filmed with beautiful cinematography and direction, Franco expertly deconstructs the boundaries between good and evil, vice and virtue, sin and piety, etc. If you want a more truly Sadean filmic experience, then watch Passolini's Salo, but if you want a lavishly filmed, surrealistic, historical, erotic adventure, then Franco has what you're looking for.

Al Miller
Al Miller

One of my all time faves. An all-star cast in a bizarre and ridiculous (yet still faithful)adaptation of the Marquis de Sade.

Eric Henderson
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