This Roger Corman production, which premiered on Showtime in 1996 as MARQUIS DE SADE, can't decide whether it's a straight historical chiller or a Ken Russell-style campfest, though its schizophrenia does have an entertaining side.
In 1789 Paris, the Marquis de Sade (Nick Mancuso) is imprisoned for murder. A young woman named Justine (Janet Gunn), whose sister Juliette was apparently one of de Sade's victims, bribes his guards for a chance to speak to him. De Sade tells Justine his story: Bankrupt, he married a young woman
named Renee (Irina Nizina) for her money, over the objections of her mother, Madame de Montreuil (Irina Malysheva). He soon inducted her into...