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Das Bildnis der Doriana Gray / Die Marquise von Sade [The Portrait of Doriana Gray / The Marquise de Sade] (1976)

Saturday, 11. May 2013

Das Bildnis der Doriana Gray
Director: Jess Franco
Writer: Jess Franco
Cast: Lina Romay, Monica Swinn, Raymond Hardy, Peggy Markoff, Martine Stedil
Part of: /slash Filmfestival‘s Slashing Europe

Plot:
Doriana (Lina Romay) is rich and beautiful but has a terrible secret. A journalist (Monica Swinn) hears of her and decides to pay her a visit to find out what he truth about the rumors is. Doriana invites her to stay and tells her all about her insane twin sister and the bond the two of them share.

This movie (just to be perfectly clear about it: it is a porn film) is a little strange. It does try to tell a story, but only very half-heartedly. There is explicit sex, but it’s not really the focus either. But the most remarkable thing (not necessarily in a good way) about it is the editing and camera work.

It seems that what was important for the film was Lina Romay. She and/or her body are in almost every frame. And the way the camera captures her makes the audience experience the director’s obvious voyeurism.

Generally the editing left me a little flabbergasted. You’ll have a extended and boring nature shot and then cut and the next thing you’ll see is a close-up of Romay’s vagina. It was all very abrupt.

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And the story was pretty hilarious, it was so ridiculous. It makes absolutely no sense. Doriana’s twin sister experiences her lust, Doriana is a succubus or something, the journalist is told everything without any hesitation. Hose are just a few of the inanities of the plot. And I still don’t see what it has to do with Dorian Gray or the Marquis de Sade.

But it did make the movie surprisingly entertaining. I wouldn’t go so far to say that this is actually a good film but it does have something.

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Summarising: okay, but if you don’t see it, you won’t miss much.

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