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Eugenie De Sade [1970] [DVD]

Soledad Miranda , Paul Muller , Jess Franco    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller, Alice Arno, Greta Schmidt, Andre Montcall
  • Directors: Jess Franco
  • Format: Dubbed, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Oracle Home Entertainment Limited
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008V6ZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,372 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Original uncut version of the 1970s exploitation film from director Jesus Franco, based on a novel by the Marquis de Sade. Living with her widowed stepfather Albert (Paul Muller) in Berlin, Eugenie Radeck (Soledad Miranda) one day discovers that her father has a secret, sadistic lifestyle. Instead of recoiling in horror at the revelation, she finds herself being drawn to it and before long becomes Albert's willing accomplice in a plan to abduct and murder a young model.

From the Back Cover

Based on another of the notorious novels by the Marquis de Sade, the story is of Eugenie Radeck, who lives with her widowed stepfather, a renowned writer in Berlin. One day she accidentally discovers her father’s true sadistic, perverse character. Instead of being shocked, she becomes his accomplice and they plan to commit the perfect crime together. They decide to kill an unknown photo model just for the thrill of it. The perverse, deadly relationship thrives until Eugenie meets a young musician. Tragedy follows as jealousy rears its ugly head.


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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miranda Bares Her Soul (among other things) 15 May 2006
Format:DVD
By way of the usual suspects (de Sade, Nietzsche, Mishima) creepy middle-aged writer Raedek (Paul Muller) argues that life is only lived in moments of extreme passion linked to sex & death. He grooms his stepdaughter Eugenie (Soledad Miranda) to act out the erotic murder of random women, which he photographs & films. The couple's descent into the abyss is witnessed by a fellow writer (Jess Franco) and the film is cleverly framed by Soledad's deathbed confession to Franco. Eugenie de Sade should not be confused with the earlier Eugenie: Her Journey into Perversion. That was pure 60s garish delirium while this is entering into downbeat 1970s sleaze territory. This Eugenie also lacks the glossy kitsch fun & games of the other two films in Franco's Soledad Miranda trilogy (Vampyros Lesbos & She Killed in Ecstasy). Eugenie de Sade is actually a rather disturbing film, a bit Hitchcockian & also comparable with Powell's Peeping Tom. The low budget sleaze factor gives an undeniable immediacy and intensity to certain scenes, of a kind David Lynch could never reach with his designer-perversity for yuppies. Relatively well scripted & made for the genre and acted with commitment (especially by Miranda of course), Eugenie de Sade is definitely recommended to those who like cinema from the other side of the tracks.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vision Of Beauty 15 Feb 2004
By Bazaul
Format:DVD
I came upon this film quite by accident, and it blew me away with Soledad Miranda's pure seductive beauty. Under Franco's direction, she just seduces the camera in every scene.
The material is very dark, but not graphic, a masterpiece of erotic horror.
The editing and effects are far from great, but worth the watch, if only to witness one of the most beautiful women this world will ever see. A star in the making who tragically died a few years after this film was made.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Woman is a goddess 28 April 2003
Format:DVD
In many ways this is a peculiar and disturbing film. Its underlying theme is one of gratuitous murder set amidst an incestuous relationship. Yet it is done with tact and great sensuality.
Above all there is Soledad Miranda. This woman is simply awesome-and has a screen presence that dominates what might otherwise be less impressive Eurocine fare. I have never seen anyone with such a complex sexual radiance- and she carries the whole film on her shoulders. Yes, she IS a goddess, who tragically died shortly before she was about to become a star.
So definitely worth buying. Never boring, sometimes troubling but always stimulating. Do not confuse with Franco's other (and equally terrific) "Eugenie, her Journey into Peversion".
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating erotica 31 May 2004
Format:DVD
This is a curious but fascinating film, no doubt very much like its literary source. The plot is this: A daughter (Soledad Miranda) and her stepfather (Paul Muller) go on a murder spree just for the perverse enjoyment of it. It all goes horribly wrong when the stepdaughter falls in love with one of their intended victims.
What makes this film fascinating are two things. Firstly, the director, Jess Franco. While he may lack polish as both a director and an editor, he does bring a freewheeling vigour to his work. His finished product may be a little rough, but it does convey his passion for the material. However, what Franco should really be given credit for is employing Soledad Miranda in the starring role as Eugenie.
She is astonishing. She acts everyone else off the set – not difficult, admittedly. With a mere glance at the camera, she can be both alluring and sinister. In one scene where they kill a female hitchhiker, Miranda is driven to a frenzy of sexual excitement while the hitchhiker thrashes helplessly away beneath her. Miranda’s performance perfectly conveys the sexual desire that drives her to murder. It is highly erotic – and disturbing, because it is so erotic. The slow-fuse build up to the murder adds to the sexual intensity of the scene. Miranda holds the film together in a way that a less talented actress –even if she was as beautiful as Miranda- would not. If it had not been for her, this film would probably have dipped from view long ago, despite the virtues of Jess Franco.
If you like erotic films or films that are off-kilter, then give this a try. If nothing else, you will almost certainly fall in love with Soledad Miranda. Her striptease is an utter delight.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetically Amateur 20 May 2005
Format:DVD
This is should have been a fascinating, if perhaps disturbing, film, Unfortunately, it fails miserably to be erotic, shocking or even mildly disturbing. Which is where my complaint lies: given the sensational subject matter, it should be.
Jess Franco lacks any skill as director or editor. His actors are not acting. The finished product is pathetically amateur. Soledad Miranda is pretty enough but seems unable to act (having said that, the others are so bad, they make it seem like she can act - I guess its all relative). But lingering zoom shots to her eyes do not make up for the lack of expression there. And yes, its a pretty bottom - but it takes more than that to be erotic. Most good actresses with alll of their clothes on do better than she does.
What makes this film so bad is that it lacks conviction. It fails to convey eroticism, it fails to convince me these were depraved people. It failed to convince me that the victims were murdered - I half expected them to jump up and start laughing.
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