Eugénie de Sade
Eugénie / Eugénie de Franval / Eugenie Sex Happening
Karl Heinz Mannchen, Marius Lesoeur for Prodif, Eurociné
directed by Jess Franco
starring Soledad Miranda (as Susann Korda), Paul Muller, Andrés Morales, Greta Schmidt, Alice Arno, Jess Franco, Marius Lesoeur, Karl Heinz Mannchen
screenplay by Jess Franco, based on the novel Eugénie de Franval by Marquis de Sade, music by Bruno Nicolai
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After the death of her mother only a few days after her birth, Eugenie
(Soledad Miranda) was raised by her stepfather, the erotic novelist Albert
(Paul Muller), but now that she has all grown up, she feels more and more
drawn to him sexually. He notices her urges, and of course he feels drawn
to her too (after all we're talking about Soledad Miranda here), but
instead of just taking her, he gives her the works of the Marquis de Sade
to read and makes her his perverted little accomplice in a few sex-crimes
he commits, always being convinced to commit nothing less than the perfect
First, father and daughter kill a nude model (Alice Arno) in a photo
studio when everybody believes them in a nightclub in Paris, and
subsequently they invite hitchhiker after hitchhiker of both sexes to
their mansion in the country to play some erotic games with them which
inadvertedly end in the hitchhikers death and Albert and Eugenie making
love next to their dead bodies ...
There is only one man who could be dangerous to them, Tanner (director
Jess Franco himself), a highly intelligent writer who follows them around,
but even he is unable to piece the pieces together and gather concrete
evidence against them.
Then though, Albert has a new idea: Eugenie is to seduce a young
trumpet player, Paul (Andrés Monales), become his lover and then break
his heart, just to lure him into Albert's trap ... but what Albert didn't
expect was Eugenie actually falling in love with the young man and
refusing to break his heart - upon which Albert one day, after Eugenie has
left Paul, cuts his throat. Back at home he cuts Eugenie up with scissors,
then commits ritual harakiri.
Eugenie isn't quite dead yet but only lives long enough to tell Tanner
her tale on her death bed ...
Cheaply done but elegantly executed Marquis de Sade-adaptation showing
direcftor Jess Franco on top of his game who effortlessly translates de
Sade's noel into modern times using his usually flashy cienmatic language
in combination with some cleverly chosen inexpensive sets ... but the film
of course belongs to Soledad Miranda, who looks sensual in every shot
wearing a series of increasingly sexy and revealing outfits - if she wears
anything at all that is - and who effortlessly carries the movie as the
immoral yet innocent Eugenie, a plaything to her stepfather's whims as if
it was the role she was born to play.