(aka "Eugenie" or "Eugenia" or "Eugenie Sex Happening" or "De Sade 2000" )

 

directed by Jess Franco
France/Germany 1970

Jess Franco's EUGENIE is his more personal follow-up to the long-unavailable (until Blue Underground's 2002 release) of his scope PHILOSOPHY IN THE BOUDOIR adaptation EUGENIE... THE STORY OF HER JOURNEY INTO PERVERSION. Soledad Miranda (billed as Susan Korday - a variation on her Susan Korda pseudonym used in roles requiring nudity) plays Eugenie who begins an incestuous and sadistic affair with her stepfather Paul Radeck, a writer whose work has not met with the success it deserved. They embark on a series of thrill-killings (one of the victims is future Franco starlet Alice Arno in her first role for him). Their next intended victim is a sensitive jazz musician (Andre Montchall) but Eugenie falls in love with the artist and incurs the wrath of her stepfather.

There is no version called EUGENIE DE SADE. There are posters that have the title EUGENIE in large letters and "DE SADE" under it but that is an authorial credit (appropriately so since Franco and his actors reportedly improvised using the book "Eugenie de Franval" as the basis). The title is used to distinguish it from Jess Franco's EUGENIE... THE STORY OF HER JOURNEY INTO PERVERSION (released abroad as DE SADE '70 and PHILOSOPHY IN THE BOUDOIR) as was EUGENIE 80 aka EROTISMO which was another variation on "Philosophy in the Boudoir" (as were Franco's SEXUAL STORY OF O and TENDER FLESH). With a lower budget than the Harry Alan Towers-produced EUGENIE, Franco convincingly modernizes De Sade's story while dropping the moral framing inviting the audience to judge for themselves the actions and motivations of the protagonists and their tragic end. In addition to the remarkable performance of Soledad Miranda (in the fourth of eight collaborations with Franco before her tragic death), Paul Muller is equally captivating in one of his few lead roles for Franco (he also played the duped father to Marie Liljedahl's Eugenie in Franco's adaptation of "Philosophy in the Boudoir" but had little screentime in that film). Director Jess Franco plays critic Atilla Tanner who is not so much hunting and persecuting the actions of the Radecks so much as studying them. This bit of self-casting adds another layer to the film as he has both directed it and his character visualizes the story proper in flashbacks are told to him by Eugenie.

This is without a doubt Franco's finest adaptation of Sade (his "Philosophy in the Boudoir" is a highly recommended visual and aural delight that is let down by Harry Alan Towers' scripting which may be why Franco has reworked the basic framework of that Sade tale in the more erotically effective subsequent works listed above).

Eric Cotenas

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Runtime 1:30:39 1:26:45 (4% PAL speedup) 1:26:45 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 5.23 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono); French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

English (PCM Mono 1536 kbps)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono); English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

Subtitles English (dubtitles), none none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Franco De Sade
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: January 29th, 2008
Amaray

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Wild East

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer
• Footage from 3 unfinished films
• Photo Gallery

 

DVD Release Date: 16 June 2003
Amaray

Chapters 9

Release Information:
Studio: Oracle Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.44:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer
• Photo Gallery

 

DVD Release Date: 14 April 2003
Amaray

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Comments:

The Wild East R0 DVD was the very first release and is the poorest transfer-wise but that results were more than acceptable for a film whose elements were thought lost (a shorter English dub was previously available on Hong Kong VHS in the eighties). The Wild East DVD only had the English track in PCM mono which was occasionally prone to distortion at the high ends. The aspect ratio fluctuated between 1.33:1 and hardmatted 1.44:1. What the DVD did have over the other releases were three excerpts of material from unfinished Franco projects. The Oracle Entertainment R2 PAL DVD was a big step up from the Wild East DVD possessing both English and French audio tracks with English subtitles though it was lighter on extras. It was also non-anamorphic but letterboxed at 1.44:1 instead of the 1.33:1 (fullscreen shots were matted in accordance with the hardmattes) of the Wild East disc.

The 1.66:1 anamorphic transfer of Blue Underground's new disc is a first for this title. The Blue Underground DVD subtitles are actually dubtitles transcribing the English language track. The English language scripting is quite good though a lot of the voice casting is poor. The French track is the superior choice even thought it is obvious that some parts of this post-sync production were acted in English. The Blue Undergound disc is the only one to feature Eurocine's presentation credit as well as English language credits bearing the title "EUGENIA" (the main character is referred to as Eugenia instead of Eugenie on the English track). The English credits are, of course, full of Anglicized pseudonyms (i.e. cinematographer Manuel Merino is credited as "Mann Merin"). The 1984 copyright likely stems from the fact that Eurocine prepared new masters of their other titles for the video market in the early eighties and likely made up the new set of titles without knowing that they did not at the time have the materials for the film. All other versions have the French "EUGENIE" title. The English trailer likewise has the EUGENIA title.

 -Eric Cotenas

 



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