Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey, David and Lisa, Blind Date) and John Huston (Chinatown, Tentacles, Winter Kills) star in this film about the man who made an errant realm his own: the notorious Marquis de Sade. “Man is not seduced to evil, he is evil.” This is the creed of de Sade, and he reaffirms it daily as he exacts his sexual pleasure from the tender flesh of the women of France. But he was not always a purveyor of corruption and depravity. He was once a young boy—honest, innocent…and about to become the victim of another’s perverse brutality. Written by legendary horror/fantasy scribe Richard Matheson (The Pit and the Pendulum, The Last Man on Earth), directed by Cy Endfield (Zulu, Sands of the Kalahari) and co-starring Senta Berger (Cast a Giant Shadow, Diabolically Yours) and Lilli Palmer (Body and Soul, The Boys from Brazil), De Sade is one of the most distinguished, daring and devious films to come out of the sixties.
Passion brews quietly between an artist and her subject, until together they create a space in which it can briefly flourish, in this sumptuous eighteenth-century romance from Céline Sciamma, one [...]