"Justine is one of the most lavish
and bizarre erotic shockers ever made by the notorious Jess Franco, bursting with wanton nudity, sexual perversion, and
an all star cast...
(18 year old daughter of Tyrone
power) stars as Justine, a nubile
young Virgin cast out of a French orphanage and thrust into
a depraved world of Prostitution, predatory lesbians, a fugitive
murderess (Mercedes McCambridge),
bondage, branding and one supremely sadistic monk (an outrageous
performance by Jack Palance).
It's a twisted tale of strange desires, perverse pleasures
and the ultimate corruption of innocence as told by the Marquis
de Sade. " - from Play.com
Justine had the biggest budget Franco's
ever had to work with, and it shows. The great number of costumes
and the nice setting is quite unusual for a Franco flick.
Most of the acting in "Justine" is decent, but the
main actress (Romina Power)
comes off as pretty boring, and that's a shame, as she's on-screen
almost all the time. Her nude scenes are nice though... One
character is particularly interesting, the sadistic monk (Jack
Palance), I won't forget him for
a while! If you're expecting to see a major sleaze-fest, you'll
be disappointed, as this is one of Franco's "nicer"
movies and I did feel it was a bit drawn out at some points.
I bought the Anchor Bay release of Justine, but if I'm not
mistaking, the Blue Underground release has exactly the same
material in it. On the DVD, there's a featurette called "The
perils and pleasures of Justine" where Jess
Franco is speaking what's on his mind without restraints
as usual. It's especially fun to hear his opinions on the
Lead Actress "Romina Power"
which obviously isn't his favourite actress..
In conclusion, Justine is not of the best Franco movies out
there, but it's still an enjoyable experience.
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