Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 23rd, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1969
Director: Radley Metzger
Writer: Michael DeForrest
Cast: Danièle Gaubert,Nino Castelnuovo, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Roberto Bisacco, Massimo Serato
DVD released: 2005
Approximate running time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: FSK 16
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono German
DVD Release: EMS
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (Germany)
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: Marguerite is a promiscuous woman with a troubled past which has lead to her distrust of men. She lets her guard down after she meets a man named Armand who she fails in love with. Soon distrust and old habits push the two lovers apart. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles that have kept them apart before it is too late to reconcile?
Radley Metzger’s Camille 2000 is a fitting swan song o the 1960’s soft core erotica which would be usurped a few years later by hardcore films like Deep throat and The Devil in Miss Jones. I first go into the films of Radley Metzger via his later hardcore films like The Opening of Misty Beethoven and Barbara Broadcast. One thing that I have noticed with each of his pre-hardcore films when I watch them for the first time is just home much his style has always been there and that humor also has been an integral part of all of his films.
Visually Camille 2000 is a feast for the eyes with its grandiose sets that look designed and unlived in. The style of the film is very much a product of its tie with its vivid colors, bizarre costumes and frankness about multiple sexual encounters. The story is not as complex as its two lead characters Marguerite and Armand who come from two completely different worlds and yet couldn’t be more alike. One sub plot that plays an important part in the film is Marguerite’s drug addiction which helps to show her overall weak and fragile state of mind.
The film is filled with many great compositions like the scene with mirrors surrounding a bed. The acting in this film is very strong with Danièle Gaubert as Marguerite Gautier giving the film’s most memorable performance. Danièle Gaubert perfectly captures the essence of Marguerite Gautier tortured soul. The cast is filled with colorful and eccentric characters that come off feeling as though they were created for this counterfeit world so deliciously created by maverick filmmaker Radley Metzger. Soft-core erotic base cinema is often hit or miss and if you want to see one of the genres best examples then you will want to give Camille 2000 a spin.
The films of Radley Metzger have not been short changed on home video over the years with cropped, cut or just don right atrocious transfers from less then stellar source materials. Three years ago EMS a German company released Metzger’s most famous soft core film Camille 2000 on DVD and anamorphic none the less. The source used is not without its flaws which are print damage and lack of detail and yet the transfer overall is the best I have seen this film look to date. Of note there are a few scenes in German with no English subtitles.
Extras content is lacking for such an important film. Extras include a theatrical trailer and an alternate EndingOverall EMS’s release of Camille 2000 is the best version we have to look forward to until someone finally goes back and does a massive restoration of this and all of Radley Metzger’s films.