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Eugenie (1970)

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Directer:Jesus Franco (as Jess Franco)  Producer:Harry Alan Towers (as Peter Welbeck)

Writter:Harry Alan Towers (as Peter Welbeck)  Story:Marquis de Sade novel "La Philosophie dans le boudoir" Music:Hans Günther Leonhardt, Bruno Nicolai  Cinematography:Manuel Merino
Editor:  Running time:87 min  Country:Spain, West Germany  Language:English 
Starring

Maria Rohm ... Madame de St. Ange
Marie Liljedahl ... Eugenie
Jack Taylor ... Mirvel
Christopher Lee ... Dolmance
 

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Based on the notorious novels by the Marquis De Sade, the story is of Eugenie Radeck, who lives with her widowed stepfather, a renowned writer in Berlin. One day she accidentally discovers her fathers true sadistic, perverse character. Instead of being shocked, she becomes his accomplice and they plan to commit the perfect crime together. They decide to kill an unknown photo model just for the thrill of it. Their perverse, deadly relationship thrives until Eugenie meets a young musician. Tragedy follows as jealousy rears its ugly head.

 


 

Innocent young Eugenie (Marie Liljedahl, luscious star of "Inga") is taken to an island paradise where she is initiated into a world of pleasure and pain controlled by the sinister Dolmance ("Lord of the Rings''" Christopher Lee). But when she surrenders to her own forbidden fantasies, Eugenie becomes trapped in a frenzy of drugs, sadomasochism, and murder. Can a frightened girl in the grip of carnal perversion find sanctuary in the orgies of the depraved? Jess Franco, the infamous director of "Vampyros Lesbos" and "Venus in Furs," brings you this legendary erotic classic, based on the Marquis De Sade''s notorious "Philosophy in the Boudoir" and co-starring Jack Taylor (Succubus) and Maria Rohm. Presented completely uncut, this rarely seen shocker remains one of the most controversial explorations of extreme sexuality in European cinema history!


 

Eugenie is a film that shocked 1969 audiences, with interracial kissing, woman-to-woman fondling, and brother-sister sex games. It is beautifully filmed, sublimely acted (within its cult pedigree), and has reams of coolness, which makes it a good bet for modern audiences. If you get bored watching Connery drive his Aston Martin to a romantic rendezvous for some witty repartee, Eugenie will likely bore you. If you prefer graphic to simulated, you might find it lame. But if you can buy into the characters and appreciate the care of the filmmaking, Eugenie is a rewarding, disturbing piece of celluloid. In the interview, Franco states "Of all my films, it is the one I hate the least." If you know Franco and his staggering body of work, that''s saying something.

 

 





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