Justine


1h 55m 1969

Brief Synopsis

In Egypt, an Alexandrian Jewess and her wealthy Christian husband plan a covert operation to ship arms to Israel, but their decadent lifestyle gets in the way.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 6 Aug 1969
Production Company
Berman--Century Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Alexandria Quartet [ Justine , Balthazar , Mountolive , and Clea ] by Lawrence Durrell (London, 1957--60).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

In 1938 Justine, an enigmatic Jew in Alexandria, and her husband, Nessim Hosnani, a Coptic Christian millionaire, conspire to send arms to Palestine. Among Justine's numerous friends and lovers are Pursewarden, a British official incestuously obsessed with his blind sister, Liza; Darley, a young Irish schoolmaster; Narouz, Justine's fanatic brother-in-law; and Toto, a homosexual. Arriving in Alexandria, Darley befriends Melissa, a tubercular Greek belly dancer and the mistress of wealthy Jewish furrier Cohen, an intimate of Justine. Fearing that Melissa has revealed the conspiracy to Darley, Justine takes the Irishman as her lover. Enraged by Darley's liaison with Justine, Melissa consoles herself with Pursewarden, to whom she reveals the Hosnanis' scheme. Shocked that Justine has provided munitions for use against British forces, Darley informs his superior, Mountolive, and then commits suicide. Although the Hosnanis are placed under house arrest, Justine quickly charms her captor, the Moslem Minister of Security.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 6 Aug 1969
Production Company
Berman--Century Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Alexandria Quartet [ Justine , Balthazar , Mountolive , and Clea ] by Lawrence Durrell (London, 1957--60).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Tunis. Strick was replaced as director by Cukor early in the filming.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer August 1969

George Cukor replaced Joseph Strick as director.

Released in United States Summer August 1969