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Eugenie: The Story of Her Journey Into Perversion (1969)

Cast: Marie Liljedahl, Marie Liljedahl, Maria Rohm, more...
Director: Jesus Franco, Jesus Franco
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Blue Underground
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, British Drama, UK, Sexploitation, Vintage
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: English, French
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One of five adaptations of the Marquis de Sade's Philosophy in the Boudoir directed by cult filmmaker Jesus Franco, this version was perhaps the most subdued, although it was still explicit enough to encounter censorship problems. Maria Rohm stars as Mme. de St. Ange, who reads the Marquis' book and fantasizes about its excessive content. St. Ange has sex with a man named Mistival (Paul Muller) in exchange for permission to take his lovely daughter Eugenie (Marie Liljedahl) to her vacation island. When they arrive, St. Ange and her lover Mirvel (Jack Taylor) seduce Eugenie into joining their bizarre sexual role-playing. A party follows, during which Eugenie is drugged and forced to submit to sadomasochistic games directed by Dolmance (Christopher Lee) and his oddly-dressed followers. When she awakens from her stupor, however, Eugenie finds that the games have turned to murder. Nino Korda and Herbert Fuchs co-star in this provocative exploitation film. Christopher Lee's role as the narrator Dolmance was originally accepted by George Sanders, whose personal crises forced him to withdraw prior to production. Franco returned to the same source material for Eugenie de Sade (1970), Plaisir a Trois (1973), Cocktail Special (1978), and Eugenie, Historia de Una Perversion (1980). ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

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One of Jess Franco's masterpieces. by AMacEwen5 October 4, 2011 - 4:52 PM PDT
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Franco has always been a special director for special tastes. This was made during his most creatively fertile era of 1969-1970, foreshadowing his amazing trio of films with Soledad Miranda: Vampyros Lesbos, She Killed in Ecstasy, and The Devil Came from Akasava. Directed with care, and alternately erotic and disturbing (and sometimes both at once), the film also benefits from the presence of the beautiful Marie Liljedahl and Maria Rohm. Christopher Lee, who claimed he didn't know the kind of film he was participating in, delivers an imposing performance as Dolmance. In my view, Franco is responsible for the best screen adaptations of de Sade. For more in this vein, check out Eugenie de Sade with Soledad Miranda and Venus in Furs (based on the novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, but similar in theme and content). I truly feel sorry for those viewers incapable of appreciating the cinematic riches of the great Jess Franco. But then what would you expect from someone who's proud to watch Troma movies?

Wow... what a stinker. by jpurdom September 28, 2011 - 7:48 PM PDT
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So at first glance, this seems like a great movie. Perversion, sex, drug-aided rape... but no. It fails horribly. The sex scenes are horrible. Not that they are bad sex scenes, just that they are really poorly acted, especially by the guy. The guy... I would tell you the name of the actor I am talking about but I have already wasted enough brain cells on this movie. Anyways, he is terrible, not just in the sex scenes but in the whole movie. He contributes to dragging an already barely watchable movie right into the poo. Even Christopher Lee couldn't drag this movie up out of it.

To sum it up, this movie sucks... and this is coming from a guy who loves Tromaville et al. If you are interested in Jesus Franco, please watch another film first. I have deleted all Franco movies from my queue because of this film.

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