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    Eugenie...the Story Of Her Journey Into Perversion

    I'm working on a review of this stunning new disc right now. It will be up on the review index very soon. EUGENIE... is a masterwork of erotic cinema and a milestone in Franco's career. It is THE Eurocult disc of the year, so far. The film shows a side of Franco we haven't seen before and is visually overwhelming. Chris Lee pays great tribute to Franco in his revealing interview in the essential accompanying documentary. In a way, the film is very similar to Bava's THE WHIP AND THE BODY, and although Dolmance is onscreen on briefly, it is one of Lee's very finest performances. Franco, Lee and Eurocult fans are in for the treat of their lives!

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    thats great to hear

    i cant wait for this disc!

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    Originally posted by bobmonell
    I'm working on a review of this stunning new disc right now. It will be up on the review index very soon. EUGENIE... is a masterwork of erotic cinema and a milestone in Franco's career. It is THE Eurocult disc of the year, so far. The film shows a side of Franco we haven't seen before and is visually overwhelming. Chris Lee pays great tribute to Franco in his revealing interview in the essential accompanying documentary. In a way, the film is very similar to Bava's THE WHIP AND THE BODY, and although Dolmance is onscreen on briefly, it is one of Lee's very finest performances. Franco, Lee and Eurocult fans are in for the treat of their lives!

    Sounds like the character of Dolmance has been diminished from the book to a brief onscreen appearence when it seems he has a bigger appearence in the story, Philosphy in the Bedroom, from what I have read of the story until the fourth dialogue.
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    Bob, could you possible make me a copy of this? I'm dying to see it! Let me know what you want in return - I remember we had some sort of trade going before, but I can't remember what it was.
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    I'm picking this one up when it hits the stores on 11/05 along with Justine.
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    Troy, I'm ashamed to say I still haven't sent you LIBIDO, which I did copy for you. My apologies. I have not tried to copy from DVD yet. I have a new Toshiba player, I'll try to dub from that. Lee isn't in the film throughout but his presence is just overwhelming. He sent chills up and down my spine while I was watching this last night. He was just there for two days and yet managed to totally understand what Franco was doing and created his most memorable character, outside of DRACULA, of course. His respect for Franco is really quite moving. He's a great man, as his generous remarks in the doc prove beyond doubt, as well as a great actor. I just sent my review in, so hopefully it will be up later. I'd appreciated your reaction to it. For me, it's right up there with SUCCUBUS, FEMALE VAMPIRE, EUGENIE DE SADE and DR Z, as one of his very best.

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    Originally posted by bobmonell
    Troy, I'm ashamed to say I still haven't sent you LIBIDO, which I did copy for you. My apologies. I have not tried to copy from DVD yet. I have a new Toshiba player, I'll try to dub from that. Lee isn't in the film throughout but his presence is just overwhelming. He sent chills up and down my spine while I was watching this last night. He was just there for two days and yet managed to totally understand what Franco was doing and created his most memorable character, outside of DRACULA, of course. His respect for Franco is really quite moving. He's a great man, as his generous remarks in the doc prove beyond doubt, as well as a great actor. I just sent my review in, so hopefully it will be up later. I'd appreciated your reaction to it. For me, it's right up there with SUCCUBUS, FEMALE VAMPIRE, EUGENIE DE SADE and DR Z, as one of his very best.
    No problem, Bob. Just tell me what you want in return for EUGENIE and LIBIDO. If this film is on a par with VENUS IN FURS - my personal Franco fave - then I expect one hell of a viewing experience.
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    I hope to get both this and Marquis de Sade's Justine when they come out.

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    This is a much better adapt of Sade than the more literal JUSTINE. By bringing it into the modern world Franco was able to do his own personal take on Sade. The great Nicolai score is alone worth the price of the disc, it's now one of my all time favorite euro genre scores.

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    Originally posted by Michael Elliott
    This might be a stupid question but is EUGENIE DE SADE a remake of this film?
    Nope. Very different plots.
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    Forget it, man, and get with the countdown. Shake this square world and blast off for Kicksville.

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    This is based on Sade's PHILOSOPHY IN THE BEDROOM, the other EUGENIE is based on EUGENIE DE FRANVAL. Yes, this is the recently rediscoved film. I contacted Marc Morris about this a few years ago and offered a small part in locating it. Thanks to Bill Lustig, it's now a reality and maybe Franco's very best film. It's the Euro DVD of the year, in my opinion.

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    Did you get my PM, Bob? I'm very anxious to finally see this film...
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    I just finished watching EUGENIE... again. What a GREAT film experience. I'm listening to Bruno Nicolai's menu music as I write this. It's indescribable: kind of like a stoned circus, groovy guitars, the kind of beat you'd hear at 3am in a dangerous lounge. Some of the other music is like that female vocal in THE LICORICE QUARTET or ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, but with a VERY erotic edge.

    It's one electrifying scene after another. My favorites: Eugenie running butt naked through lunar looking sand dunes as a livid ocean and the screaming sirens of approaching police boats signal the devastating climax (one of several twists, it turns out); Chris Lee's cynical, chilling speech on the LAW: "The Law is Hard!"
    What a GREAT voice! He's got some stubble and wearing his wine colored smoking jacket looks like your corrupt uncle from Hell. It's also great to hear Jess talk in French, he's very fluent in it and much more expressive than in English, he's also got a small part as one or the ritual orgiasts during the open human sacrifice where a nude woman is gutted, her blood and flesh consumed while Chris Lee presides. And that's only the first two minutes! One of the best things is that you can NEVER predict what's going to happen next. It's dangerous, it incredibly erotic, it's Jess Franco at his best.
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    An interesting difference from the book is that in the original source, it ends with the torture/murder of Eugenie's mother for which Eugenie takes part in some incestrious undertakings.
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    Franco deals with incest often in such films as the other EUGENIE DE SADE, LORNA THE EXORCIST etc between father and daughter. He doesn't go as far as Sade, though.

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