Full page view
HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Berlin, Charlottenburg, and Coburg. Released in West Germany in Aug 1970 as Das ausschweifende Leben des Marquis de Sade ; running time: 100 min. Alternative German title: Der Marquis de Sade ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Berlin, Charlottenburg, and Coburg. Released in West Germany in Aug 1970 as Das ausschweifende Leben des Marquis de Sade ; running time: 100 min. Alternative German title: Der Marquis de Sade . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Uncredited addl dir
Uncredited addl dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
Mus performer
Mus supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Opt eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Prod director
Prod mgr
Title des
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the correspondence of Donatien Alphonse François [Marquis de] Sade and the book Vie du Marquis de Sade by Gilbert Lely (Paris, 1952--57).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Der Marquis de Sade
Das ausschweifende Leben des Marquis de Sade
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 25 September 1969
Copyright Claimant:
American International Productions
Copyright Date:
27 August 1969
Copyright Number:
LP37715
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Movielab
Duration(in mins):
113
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

The Marquis de Sade escapes from an insane asylum where he has been confined for committing unnatural sex acts and for his opposition to the French royalty. The marquis takes refuge in the ruined mansion where he was reared, and there he meets his uncle, the Abbé de Sade, who forces the marquis to remember his past life. The abbé has the marquis beaten by a young maidservant until the young man is unable to distinguish between pleasure and pain. Eventually, the marquis develops sexual proclivities for flagellation and orgies. He is sent to prison to correct his behavior, but he reacts by writing bitter attacks on the government. Upon his release, he is forced to wed the unattractive Renée de Montreuil. The marquis finally consents to the marriage because he has fallen in love with Anne de Montreuil, the sister of his fiancée. De Sade continues his debaucheries in brothels, pursued by the police. He attempts to elope with Anne, but she dies of the plague. De Sade then leaves his uncle, who has evidently enjoyed inflicting pain on his ... +


The Marquis de Sade escapes from an insane asylum where he has been confined for committing unnatural sex acts and for his opposition to the French royalty. The marquis takes refuge in the ruined mansion where he was reared, and there he meets his uncle, the Abbé de Sade, who forces the marquis to remember his past life. The abbé has the marquis beaten by a young maidservant until the young man is unable to distinguish between pleasure and pain. Eventually, the marquis develops sexual proclivities for flagellation and orgies. He is sent to prison to correct his behavior, but he reacts by writing bitter attacks on the government. Upon his release, he is forced to wed the unattractive Renée de Montreuil. The marquis finally consents to the marriage because he has fallen in love with Anne de Montreuil, the sister of his fiancée. De Sade continues his debaucheries in brothels, pursued by the police. He attempts to elope with Anne, but she dies of the plague. De Sade then leaves his uncle, who has evidently enjoyed inflicting pain on his nephew. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.