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261 Ratings

Vice and Virtue

Le vice et la vertu

Directed by Roger Vadim
France, Italy, 1963
  • French
  • English


War-time French film starring Annie Girardot as Juliette (Vice), Robert Hossein as the sadistic German officer and Catherine Deneuve, in her first notable film role, as Justine (Virtue).

Our take

Inspired by Justine (an allegorical work by the notorious Marquis de Sade), New Wave director Roger Vadim’s equally controversial film adds some fuel to the fire—updating this potent psychosexual source material to the backdrop of the 1944 Nazi Occupation of Paris.

Vice and Virtue Directed by Roger Vadim

Critics reviews

You might not know that you never saw Roger Vadim’s Vice and Virtue, or that it might well be Vadim’s best movie — a visually baroque, widescreen period epic that retells Sade’s Justine-and-Juliette tales in the context of the Nazi occupation of Paris… Visually built out of fractured reflections and infinite reaches of Wellesian corridors, it’s a movie virtually no one has even mentioned in passing since ’63, and yet it may be, at the very least, the most thoughtful Sade adaptation ever.
March 10, 2017
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