Justine (Koo Stark) wishes to remain innocent and virginal, but instead slips into a life of debauchery, torture, whipping, slavery and salaciousness. Meanwhile, her brazen, flirtatious and liberated sister Juliette ironically receives nothing but happiness and reward for her wanton behavior. Justine's only possible hope of true love and salvation is one of her sister's former lovers, the suave and elegant Lord Carlisle (Martin Potter). But is he as virtuous as he seems?
Remained after the death of his parents without means of livelihood, two sisters (Justine and Juliette) trying to survive by all available means. At first, the women come to the monastery, the orders of which differ little from the brothel, and then in the brothel, little distinguishable from the monastery. The Justin is struggling to keep her maiden honor, constantly getting out of the frying pan into the fire, while Juliette calmly takes all the changes and prefer to use what nature had given… The main actor of Cruel Passion Martin Potter also played in "" (Evil Heritage).
Also Known As: De Sade’s Justine, Justine, Justine – Grausame Leidenschaften, Marquis de Sade’s Justine
Surprisingly faithful adaptation...
"Justine: Cruel Passion" is much better than expected. This 1977 film version turns out to be very faithful to it's source material, in this case the writings of the Marquis De Sade. His tale of a young innocent, cast into the cruel, corrupt World when her parents die, is certainly a grim one. Koo Stark does surprisingly well at portraying virginal innocence, disgusted by the violence and vice surrounding her. The more she resists, the harder she is pursued by the corrupt people in her midst. Stark really is good here; she doesn't overplay it, she never comes across as unbelievably naive and innocent. Overdoing it might have made it seem silly to care for Justine. I was rather expecting a trashy excuse to show wall to wall soft core sex, but "Cruel Passion" turns out to be rather tame in that regard, which probably explains the low ratings here. Any viewer looking to get a lot of nudity and sex out of this production might be a bit disappointed. What we have instead is a very handsomely filmed, Gothic/Victorian "bodice ripper," only with a surprisingly bleak and grim conclusion, that I was not expecting. Beautiful sets and costumes, mist shrouded countrysides, and a fine utilization of it's classical soundtrack, all come together to make an above average film that is essentially about the loss of innocence. Entire passages are taken verbatim from the Marquis De Sade, resulting in dialog that is at times poetic. The story of Justine was filmed several times, but this 1977 version remains the most faithful to the original writings. Recommended for anyone interested in the writings of Sade, as well as fans of Gothic and erotic films.
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