De Sade's Juliette (partially lost rarely-screened Jess Franco film; 1975)
NOTE: Not to be confused with the 1970 film Juliette which is also lost.
De Sade's Juliette aka Julietta 69 is a 1975 film directed by Jess Franco starring Lina Romay and Alain Petit. The story followed the sadomasochistic relationship between a young woman and a hippie poet. The film ends with the heartbroken woman shooting herself in her genitals. The film in its original form was only released once in French theaters, and one contemporary review called it "a total botch-up of a heartbreaking emptiness, that goes almost as far as self-sabotage".
According to Alain Petit, distributors found some of the content to be too dark, so they cut out a murder scene and sex scene involving a hanged man. While an English dub was prepared, the film was never given an English release. Instead, it found its way into the hands of Italian distributors who commissioned director Joe D'Amato to heavily re-edit the film and turn it into a completely different film called Justine.
Justine is an odd 1979 cut that only utilizes half of the original footage while the other half is comprised of footage taken from two other films, Midnight Party and Shining Sex, resulting in a heavily confused narrative. The soundtrack is also recycled from Nico Fidenco's score for the Black Emanuelle films. The Italian cut was eventually released on VHS and is currently the only way to view any footage from De Sade's Juliette.
The Italian company Variety Communications currently holds the rights for Justine. The whereabouts of the original cut of De Sade's Juliette are currently unknown.
- Obsession: The Films of Jess Franco Retrieved 18 Nov '14
- Interview with Alain Petit about his involvement with Jess Franco. Retrieved 18 Nov '14.
- Justine in Variety Communications' catalog. Retrieved 25 Mar '15