“One must do violence to the object of one’s desire; when it surrenders, the pleasure is greater.”
“Sexual pleasure is, I agree, a passion to which all others are subordinate but in which they all unite.”
“In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.”
the marquis de sade rules! his writing was controversial, but, like howard cosell, he just told it like it was. ok, maybe he doesn’t totally rule. after all, he wrote, “the idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind”. there are so many ‘period’ films that tie sexual themes up like a corset, but not in quills. the movie gets a fro-boy-sanctioned out of five fro picks. it’s a fictionalized account of mds’s last years after he was banished to an insane asylum by emperor napolean for his blasphemous, erotic novels. great performances by michael caine as the evil doctor, joaquin phoenix, and kate winslet (i forgot how beautiful that woman is), in addition to the oscar-nominated geoffrey rush, perfect as the marquis (though a little too much scenery of his ass…a lot more disturbing to me than the much publicized scenes of torture, death, and ‘frank’ language). capsulized: a story about how human expression and imagination cannot be silenced…or…how to enjoy kate winslet’s gorgeous cleavage (i blame the movie’s sadistic influence for that comment). as for the marquis himself, i don’t think he was as bad a guy as some say. he had no faith and was a little extreme with the pain and excrement thing for my tastes but hey…they named a word after the guy.