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Doriana Grey
Die Marquise von Sade

Switzerland 1976
produced by
Erwin C. Dietrich for Cinemec, Elite
directed by Jess Franco
starring Lina Romay, Monica Swinn, Raymond HJardy, Peggy Markoff, Martine Stedil, Stewart Black, Renato Romano, Pamela Stanford
screenplay by Jess Franco, somehow (but not really) based on The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, music by Walter Baumgartner, cinematography by Peter Baumgartner, Jess Franco

Dorian Gray

review by
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A journalist (Monica Swinn) has tracked down rich businesswoman Doriana Gray (Lina Romay), who is said to have her twin sister (Lina Romay again) away in an asylum, down to her castle, where she lives alone with her mute servant Ziros (Raymond Hardy), but instead of a preposterous, ruthless and self-centered woman who locks away relative for her own advantage she finds a troubled and lonesome young woman whose life seems to be shrouded in sadness and whose sister (they were Siamese twins) has been locked away in the asylum simply because she has gone mad. Soon, the reporter and Doriana feel attracted to each other ...

What Doriana does not tell the reporter though is that she needs to feed on the life energy of other people via oral sex (but kills them in the process of course), and that her loyal servant Ziros sees to it that she has a steady supply of donors, even if that means sacrificing his girlfriend (Martine Stedil) or even himself. Thing is, Doriana can't even enjoy sex, but her sister, who is telepathically linked to her, enjoys every moment of it for her.

Eventually, Doriana and the reporter find themselves in bed together, and even though Doriana feels honest affections for her, she can't help herself but kill the woman.

In the end, Doriana visits her twin sister, who seems to lie around naked in bed all day and who tries to seduce everybody who crosses her path. Consequently, Doriana and her sister have sex, and the sister dies in the process. Then Doriana returns to her castle and kills herself in a pool ...

 

Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, reinterpreted (and largely rewritten) by Jess Franco as a vampire/sex story, more than a little reminiscent of Franco's earlier Female Vampire, but even more delirious than the earlier movie, more explicit (Martine Stedil has a hardcore scene in this one, and when Lina sucks a cock - including cumshot - the camera is full on), but unfortunately less poetic and less seductive. Still, those who like Jess Franco for his trademark style - delirious and not always consequent screenplays, unusual camerawork consisting of many zoom-ins and zoom-outs, out of focus shots and a camera constantly on the move, and much nudity including extreme close-ups of genitalia - will find this one at least interesting (even if it lacks Franco's trademark tongue-in-cheek humour), others though probably shouldn't even bother.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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