Vice and Virtue


1h 48m 1965

Film Details

Also Known As
Il vizio e la virtù, Le vice et la vertu
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 17 Mar 1965
Production Company
S. N. E. Gaumont; Trianon Productions; Ultra Film
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Inspired by the book Justine, ou les malheurs de la vertu by Donatien Alphonse François [Marquis de] Sade (Paris, 1791) and his book La Nouvelle Justine, suivie de l'histoire de Juliette, sa soeur [ou les prospérités du vice] (Paris, 1797).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

Synopsis

Two sisters, Juliette and Justine, take opposite paths during the Nazi occupation of Paris in World War II. Juliette engages in an affair with General von Bamberg, while the virtuous Justine plans to marry Jean, a resistance leader who was her childhood sweetheart. Following a civil ceremony, Justine and Jean are stopped by the Gestapo en route to church, and Jean is arrested. SS Colonel Schorndorf murders von Bamberg and takes the two sisters to a château where, along with other young women, they must satisfy the sexual appetites of high-ranking Nazis. Juliette becomes Schorndorf's mistress, while Justine joins the female prisoners. Through most of Justine's ordeal, Hans, Schorndorf's impotent aide, protects her. When the Allies finally arrive and liberate the women, Schorndorf poisons Juliette and dies in American machine gun fire.

Film Details

Also Known As
Il vizio e la virtù, Le vice et la vertu
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 17 Mar 1965
Production Company
S. N. E. Gaumont; Trianon Productions; Ultra Film
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Inspired by the book Justine, ou les malheurs de la vertu by Donatien Alphonse François [Marquis de] Sade (Paris, 1791) and his book La Nouvelle Justine, suivie de l'histoire de Juliette, sa soeur [ou les prospérités du vice] (Paris, 1797).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed in part at the châteaux of Fénelon and Treyne. Opened in Paris in March 1963 as Le vice et la vertu; running time: 105 min; in Rome in March 1963 as Il vizio e la virtù.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1963

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1963