Eugenie... The Story of Her Journey Into Perversion (Bilingual) [Import]
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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!
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This film fails for three reasons: the acting, the direction, and the script.
Firstly, the acting. To say that Marie Liljedahl is no Soledad Franco would be a little unfair; after all, who is? That she made her name as a porn star rather than as an actress is apparant throughout every scene in this film. Half the time she seems to fumble in front of the camera wondering what to do. Maybe she is looking for direction from Jess Franco which, apparantly, she doesnt get. She isn't helped by the fact that this is an English language production and her voice is so-very-obviously dubbed. She also has to play opposite Maria Rohm, who excels, as does Christopher Lee.
Secondly, the direction. Jess Franco comes over like an amateur film maker with no real idea of what to do. His over use of the red filter, his clumsy editing, and his inability to direct Marie Liljedahl damns the film completely. Although this is obviously made be the same director that made Eugenie de Sade the following year, his flair seems to have deserted him here. Maybe he needs Soledad Miranda to inspire him?
Thirdly, the script. The idea of an innocent girl being slowly corrupted until she becomes evil is a fascinating theme. Sadly, the script handles it in such a kack-handed manner that I failed completely to believe that Eugenie would behave in such a way. She would be traumatised by her experiences, not corrupted.
So there you have it. One Goddamnawful film!Read more ›
I'm not going to get into plot details because few people in this film's crowd are interested in sitting through this to critique the plot. If it's truly based on a De Sade work then great, but from my experience a De Sade tale honestly transferred to film would in reality be nothing less than XXX rated (and in some cases a snuff film). So clearly there are elements missing from this flick in the translation from book to movie, as it's not pornographic. Just a PSA to De Sade literary fans.
Franco--with his total of 3 movies bearing the "Eugenie" title--gives De Sade a bad name, believe it or not. The books are much better, and not as tame as Franco makes them out to be.
However, compared to his contemporary Jean Rollin (who was comfortable making the occasional porn film, as it happens), Franco certainly had decent budgets to work with and clearly used them well. He gets sexy actresses, and nice movie sets which fit the story. His direction isn't pedestrian, but he must have skipped school on the day that really important filming techniques were discussed, such as keeping the audience engrossed with the characters. So he decided to make up for that by parading nude women around, and I will definitely not complain! It's always a plus when a film has nudity with a purpose, and I think Jess Franco typically manages to provide that purpose.
"Justine" is probably the highlight of his career, but this particular Eugenie film, overall, is actually pretty entertaining. Not something you'd want to watch again and again, but one that you'll find yourself wanting to pull out of the shelf on occasion.
But now we are able to watch this excellent DVD version of "Eugenie", the one Franco hates the least. Interest in Franco arises from his daring in touching on these risky subjects. In fact, this film is by no means bad. It has considerable values.
In the first place, is has a good script by Harry Alan-Towers (alias Peter Welbeck), trying to capture the essence of the infamous "Philosophie dans le boudoir", and achieving it partially. The film has in this case considerably good directorial style, photography and production values. And I have found that is has been the reference for other films one can consider better. For example, we see here a bamboo or wicker chair that is no doubt the precedent for "Emmanuelle"'s one. Also much of Just Jaeckin's "Story of O" is here. No wonder Christopher Lee was offered the part of Sir Stephen on the grounds of his Dolmancé here. I see also that "Satanic rites of Dracula", another Lee film is based in part on some sequences in this movie.
Now, the film is disturbing at some places. The inicial black mass, in which Lee reads Sade's work in the place of biblical passages is disturbing -and outrageous-. Bruno Nicolai provides a very rich score.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I've just seen one of the most compelling films made in Europe. The cast of the film pulled all the stops to make it really intense and erotic. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003
All the reviews here are from people who are not or who are not necessarily fans of Jess Franco's work. Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by Paul Petroskey
Well, just keep your finger on the fast button, because there are zero sleaze scenes worth keeping or even looking at here. Read morePublished on June 4 2003
I thought the movie was alright, but I am sorry that I bought it. I would rather have just rented it. Read morePublished on March 17 2003 by Eric
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