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With: Dani¸le Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Roberto Bisacco, Massimo Serato, Silvana Venturelli, Zachery Adams, Philippe Forquet
Written by: Michael DeForrest, inspired by a novel by Alexandre Dumas fils
Directed by: Radley Metzger
MPAA Rating: R
Language: English
Running Time: 115
Date: 16/07/1969

Camille 2000 (1969)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Bad Girl

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Radley Metzger's Camille 2000 is based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, and as a result it's one of the most straightforward and literal of his films. Metzger layers the film with some of his most glorious set designs, ranging from colored blocks stacked in the foreground to rooms decorated entirely in silver. The décor doesn't seem to intrude upon the core emotional story, which has its advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, the movie seems overly pretty, but on the other hand, the prettiness doesn't overwhelm.

The beautiful Danièle Gaubert stars as Marguerite Gautier, the deadly good-time girl who likes all her boy toys and the money she can get from them, but has yet to be tied down. During a visit to Rome, Armand Duval (Nino Castelnuovo) falls hopelessly for her. He seduces her and manages to hang onto her; they disappear into each other's worlds. At least that's for the time being -- until real life intrudes once again and Marguerite must decide whether to sacrifice everything.

Camille 2000 is definitely passionate, and it has some nudity, but it's not necessarily sexy; it's more focused on matters of the heart than matters of the loins. Nevertheless, it looks glorious on Blu-Ray, and it's a good introduction to Metzger.

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