Le Vice et la Vertu

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De Sade was all over the publicity for this film, but is excluded from its credits. Nevertheless, it's Justine and Juliette updated to 1944-45. Justine (Deneuve), churchgoing, loyal to her fiancé in the Resistance, is forcibly consigned to an SS brothel in the Tyrol. Meanwhile her sister Juliette (Girardot) is infatuated with a Gestapo brute who lets her sit in on his torture sessions. Only the cast makes this worth a look. The sex contrives to be both tame and vulgar, and Vadim's fancy lighting effects - dimming out the set in mid-scene and putting a spot on the characters - just looks silly. What with this and Pasolini's odious Salò, it's clear that Sade and WWII are subjects best treated separately.

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Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roger Vadim
Screenwriter: Roger Vadim, Roger Vailland, Claude Choublier
Cast: Catherine Deneuve
Annie Girardot
Robert Hossein
OE Hasse
Philippe Lemaire
Luciana Paluzzi
Paul Gégauff
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