Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Marquis de Sade: Justine A.K.A. Justine ovvero le disavventure della virtù (1969)

An Italian West German sexploitation adventure directed by Jesus Franco, starring Klaus Kinski and Jack Palance.
A pair of sisters who grew up in a convent are forced to leave when their parents die. One sister is adventurous, rebellious and slutty while the other is virtuous and innocent. They are separated at a brothel where one sister decides to work and the other leaves. The virtuous sister then has all kinds of adventures with criminals and perverts, nearly being killed multiple times.
This was pretty epic. The plot was expansive and felt like it contained a world of it's own. There were also lots of characters. Many were under-developed, but all fit the story and were acted appropriately. The video was very clear and straight forward. It showed the story well, but lacked the artsy shots that I've seen in other Franco films. The audio was great. It had audible dialogue and period-appropriate classical music. In the picture, the virtuous main character is being abducted by a pair of homosexuals that she caught rolling around in some bushes. Overall, this is the best of Jesus Franco so far. More than just prurient smut and shocking schlock, but still with a salacious flavor. I still have many pages in the list, so that might change. I rate it good.

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