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Marquis de Sade

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Donatien Alphonse François, the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) is one of the most controversial figures literature has ever known: celebrated, censored, denounced, imprisoned, and still read. The impact of his shocking psychosexual tales extends to cinema as well, serving as an inspiration for this double bill from two celebrated provocateurs.

Vice and Virtue

Roger Vadim France, 1963

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Part 2 of our De Sade double bill was born to cause controversy. Director/Svengali Roger Vadim (…and God Created Woman) shocked audiences by using recent history to update De Sade’s dark, dangerous allegory Justine. Co-starring Catherine Deneuve in her first big role.


Jan Švankmajer Czech Republic, 2005


This week’s double bill goes to one of the most notorious writers in literary history: the Marquis de Sade, who turned 276 last month and remains just as dangerous. The libertine philosopher’s legacy forms the backbone of this wild madhouse from the famed Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer.

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