(out of 5)

Excellent drama about the Marquis de Sade’s influence on the keepers and inmates of the madhouse Charenton, where he spent his last days after being declared criminally insane by French authorities. lives it up as the Marquis, and  is letter-perfect as the charwoman he adores for her innocence. The issues of censorship and its backward application by authoritative figures is the message here, and it is executed gracefully by Philip Kaufman’s sure direction and performances by the ensemble cast, particularly Winslet and  as the noble-hearted priest who runs the asylum. It is better than the other film about the Marquis made the same year, Benoit Jacquot’s Sade, but in that film its star Daniel Auteuil made a better lead. This film has some very explicit content that is at the same time shocking and refreshingly honest.

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Industry Entertainment, Walrus & Associates, Hollywood Partners

USA/Germany/United Kingdom, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by 

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2000

Golden Globe Awards 2000

Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2000.  

National Board of Review Awards 2000.  

Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2000.

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