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Sadism and masochism in mainstream film

Related: sadomasochism - perversion in the cinema - S/M pornography - S/M fiction

Connoisseurs: Lindsay Hallam - Jean Streff - George de Coulteray - William ?

It was Surrealist Luis Buñuel who first introduced Sade into the cinematic realm. In the 1930 film L'Âge d'or, Buñuel chose to end his tale of erotic passion with a scene taken from Sade's novel The 120 Days of Sodom. The scene takes place after the male protagonist has been betrayed by the woman he loves – that is, normal, heterosexual romance has failed. In fact, as the intertitles state, it is at “that moment” of betrayal that “the survivors of the Chateau de Selliny were coming out, to go back to Paris”. The intertitles further explain that: “Four well known and utter scoundrels had locked themselves up in an impregnable castle for 120 days to celebrate the most brutal of orgies”. Now preparing to leave their castle, the four “fiends” who have “no law but their depravity… no God, no principles, and no religion” are set to emerge from the door into the outside world. A shot of the castle door is interrupted as an intertitle prepares the viewer for the entrance of the Duke of Blangis – “the leader and chief instigator” of this criminal orgy. --Lindsay Hallam, Jan 2004, [1]

Mainstream directors who have dealt with sadomasochistic themes: Luis Buñuel - David Lynch - Roman Polanski

Titles: L'Âge d'or (1930) - The Servant (1963) - The Whip and The Body (1963) - The Embryo Hunts in Secret (1966) - Belle de Jour (1967) - Femina Ridens (1969) - A Clockwork Orange (1971) - The Night Porter (1974) - The Story of O (1975) - The Image (1975) - Maîtresse (1976) - Videodrome (1983) - Blue Velvet (1986) - Marquis (1989) - Bitter Moon (1992) - Tokyo Decadence (1992) - Romance X (1999) - Quils (2000) - Sade (2000) - Secretary (2002) - [...]

Le Sadisme au Cinéma (1964) - George de Coulteray

Sadomania : Sinema de Sade (2006) - Jack Hunter, Stephen Barber (Contributor) [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK] [...]


Perhaps unsurprisingly, de Sade's life and writings have proved irresistible to filmmakers. While there are surely an uncountable number of pornographic films based on his themes, here are some of the more mainstream movies based on his history or his works of fiction: --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquis_de_Sade#Films [Jan 2005]

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