Camille 2000 (1969)

5.0 out of 5

Even for all the baroque grandeur of the existentialist Lickerish Quartet there is, amongst the luxurious retro futurist interiors, philosophical musings and hedonistic narcotic and champagne fueled parties, a certain magic that allows Camille 2000 to eclipse its much celebrated successor.

Hip and unashamedly bourgeois, Camille 2000 benefits from the lead roles of Danièle Gaubert and Nino Castelnuovo, protagonists with whom it is possible to empathize even amongst their superficial and decadent milieu, as a familiar story is played out in a more unfamiliar fantasy setting.

Silvana Venturelli puts in a brief appearance, most notable in scenes as a dungeon keeper at an S and M themed orgy.

Radley Metzger directs an opulent romantic drama and places it within the cool world of late 1960s erotic cinema that not only swings to an exceptionally funky score from Piero Piccioni but is also capable of enchanting the viewer with stunning locations beautifully filmed and also it's wonderfully realised erotic sequences.

The feature will of no doubt appeal to those who adore titles such as The Story of O and other such stylish, arty and sexy cinema.

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