Marquis de Sade’s “Justine”

Synopsis: A Film By Jess Franco

Romina Power (18-year-old daughter of Tyrone Power) stars as Justine, a nubile young virgin cast out of a French orphanage and thrust into a depraved world of prostitution, predatory lesbians, a fugitive murderess (Mercedes McCambridge), bondage, branding, and one supremely sadistic monk (an outrageous performance by jack Palance). It’s a twisted tale of strange desires, perverse pleasures and the ultimate corruption of innocence as told by the Marquis de Sade.

Justine is one of the most lavish and bizarre erotic shockers ever made by the notorious Jess Franco, bursting with wanton nudity, sexual perversion, and an all cast that also includes Akim Tamiroff (Touch Of Evil), Maria Rohm (Eugenie) and Klaus Kinski (Nosferatu) as the Marquis de Sade.

Marquis de Sade’s “Justine” 6.5

Mercifully not as intense as it could have been (it was made in the ‘60s, after all). The story is well-conceived if developed somewhat choppily at times. My curiosity has been sated and I doubt I will see this again.

Story 6.0
Acting 4.0
Production 6.0

Sexiness 2.0
Nudity 5.5
Explicitness 3.5

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