Marquis de Sade: Justine (Deadly Sanctuary) (1969)
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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.
One of my all time faves. An all-star cast in a bizarre and ridiculous (yet still faithful)adaptation of the Marquis de Sade.
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