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"The Film that shocked the readers of Playboy"

De Sade is a German-American biographical and historical drama film based upon the life of the notorious Marquis de Sade. The movie was written by Richard Matheson and directed by Cy Endfield and Roger Corman. The film follows the escapades of a middle aged Marquis de Sade, called Louis (played by Keir Dullea). After narrowly escaping jail, he arrives at his family's estate in La Coste. He and his uncle Abbe (played by John Huston) watch a play that satirizes his parents bartering with the Montreuils over their children's marriages.

Louis runs from a proposed marriage to Renee de Montreiul (played by Anna Massey). He returns and then marries her under the threat of jail. He would prefer her sister, Anne, since Renee is uninterested.

After Louis gets with several prostitutes, he begins a long series of incarcerations.

Released into his mother in law's custody, Mme. de Montreuil (played by Lili Palmer) he is basically imprisoned in the home. Louis starts involvements with Mlle. Collette, the protege of his mother-in-law. He starts a romantic involvement with a actress La Beauvoisin and builds a theater in La Coste.

Louis goes through a number of flashbacks concerning the death of his father, appearing as an elderly man and the baptism of one of his children. The dream ends with a scandal involving a widow that he tied up and attacked with a sword named Rose Keller. Mme. de Montreuil then must pay Rose to silence her and sends Louis to La Coste in exile.

Louis pursues Anne and they get involved, running from Italy with her. Louis is subsequently found, apprehended and returned to jail. He has horrifying hallucinations of Anne being thrown out by Mme. de Montreuil and his uncle Abbe attempting to seduce her. Mme. de Montreuil finally pays him a brief visit in jail, upset to tell him that he has ruined the family and will be incarcerated forever.

| 1969 | 1 hr 53 min | 5.3/10
Klaus Kinski, Romina Power, Maria Rohm, Rosemary Dexter
Cy Endfield
Produced By
Samuel Z. Arkoff, James H. Nicholson

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