< Castle of Pleasure

Released: 1984
Director: Andrei Feher as Andrew Whyte
Notes: Scandinavian Art Film, English-dubbed version with Portuguese subtitles (Brazilian release), 81 mins.
Alternate Titles
  • Castelo dos prazeres
  • De Sade - Castelo dos prazeres
  • Madam De Sade's Castle of Pleasure
Notes and Reviews

This has the usual pretty comprehensive, but mostly fictional, Andrew Whyte credits. Previously regarded as the French version of this film, Extrêmes sévices is significantly different - so much so that it must be regarded as a different film, a sequel, with the same theme and some of the same characters - from this one with appropriate changes to the end credits. It seems as if it was originally intended that there be a part 1 and part 2 - the final part of Nadia's narrative in the English version suggests that there will be a sequel.

Males -

  • Franck Mazard, as Jean Trend, plays George
  • Mark Friberg (whoever he is) plays Professor Balthazar, in a ridiculous blond wig
  • Eric Saville, as Steven Loggins, plays Princess Nadia's pool cleaner, Abdullah
  • Gil Lagardère (Dominique Saint-Clair), as Salvatore Amoroso, plays Salvatore, the interior decorator and male escort
  • Alain L'Yle, as Jack Bolt or Frank Green, plays John, a client (from London)
  • Pascal St. James, as Jack Bolt or Frank Green (uncredited in French version) plays Peter, a client (from London). (A different version of this scene with Chantal Trobert - wearing a different outfit - appears in Extrêmes sévices, without Alan L'Yle.)
  • Kent Lundberg plays another John, a client of Zita

All the names in the credits apart from Tina Loren are almost certainly names invented by Andrew Whyte.

Notes on the two titles (numbers indicate sex scenes)

Castle of Pleasure

Tina Loren wears a white wig as she wanders in her garden, indicating that she is meant to be Princess Nadia de Sade as an old lady composing her memoirs. The voiceover narration reveals that she had married a prince who gambled away all his wealth and then comitted suicide so that she had to earn her living as a ‘luxury whore’ and turn her home into a ‘castle of pleasure for millionaires’, working with a partner they call ‘the professor’.

Cut to the professor in his office where his new secretary Zaza is answering the several phones on her desk. She puts off several callers but the professor takes a call from a man with an exaggeratedly posh English accent who wants to book a girl for a party that night. The professor gazes at Zaza and imagines her in various states of undress which leads to a sex scene between them (1).

The professor phones Nadia who in turn calls newly-married Vivi to book her for the party with ‘two gentlemen from London’. Nadia has interrupted Vivi with her husband George and they resume their lovemaking after she hangs up (2).

Nadia sees her new pool cleaner Abdullah and seduces him (3).

The party takes place in a nightclub where Vivi strips and simulates masturbation. There are a few other strippers briefly seen dancing. Then Zaza is introduced - she has added stripper and to her job description. The two gentlemen from London, John and Peter, watch the show then they are joined by Vivi, wearing a black dress, for a threesome (4) intercut with the strip show.

George angrily waits for Vivi’s return. She pretends to have been modelling. They make up in bed (5).

Nadia phones up Zita. She has lined up a date with a young American, another John, by the Eiffel Tower at six. They go to his hotel room for sex (6).

The professor sends an interior decorator, Salvatore, to paint the walls of Nadia’s house, but Nadia seduces him (7).

Jacqueline and Clara, two married American tourists, have lesbian sex in their hotel room (8).

Nadia is on the phone to the professor (lying on a bed with Zaza) and they talk about Salvatore’s prowess as a lover and the size of his penis. This leads to the professor and Zaza having sex on the bed (9).

Next morning Jacqueline and Clara are discussing their lovemaking of the night before. Clara says she had come, but what she really needs is a man. Jacqueline has the idea of rigning Nadia’s escort service and gets her answering machine message.

Nadia and Salvatore have sex by the pool (10).

Nadia returns Jacqueline’s call and sends Salvatore to meet their needs, which he does, in a threesome in their hotel room after a tour of the sights of Paris (11).

Nadia, as an old lady again, hopes we have enjoyed her memoirs and promises that the second episode will be even better.

Extrêmes sévices

Though there is some re-editing to create some slightly different scenes, most of the sex scenes, with some new performers, are entirely new to this title, which must therefore be regarded as episode 2 of Castle of Pleasure. It is not known whether Castle of Pleasure was ever released in France or whether Extrêmes sévices was ever released in an English-dubbed version. All of the clients in Castle of Pleasure seem to be portrayed as English or American and all of those in Extrêmes sévices are portrayed as French. One might almost think that one film was intended for the USA and the other for France, but that would seem to be wasteful of footage.

Again, Nadia, as an old lady in the same white wig, but a different dress from the one worn in Castle of Pleasure, wanders in her garden and introduces herself in the same way, and introduces each story from her memoirs. (There are more ‘old lady’ linking clips in this film.)

First we see what seems to be young Nadia speaking her answer machine message into the phone. Then we see the professor, with Zaza on his lap, speaking to Nadia on the phone while she cavorts in the garden in the same white leotard as she wore in a similar sequence (between 1 and 2) in Castle of Pleasure. Then there is a sex scene between the professor and Zaza (1 - a re-edited version of sex scene 1 in Castle of Pleasure, but some extra footage).

At the nightclub Vivi is on stage watched by Peter (if that is his name in this film). We also see brief glimpses of the same strippers as in Castle of Pleasure and a longer version of Zaza’s dance with more frenzied masturbation.

Vivi, wearing a pink dress, goes to join Peter and has sex with him (2). (This seems to be the same footage as in Castle of Pleasure but with Alain L’Yle edited out.)

Vivi returns home (still in the pink dress) to husband George and has the same argument and makes the same excuse of a modelling assignment and they make up on the sofa (3, possibly simulated).

Nadia and Salvatore have sex in the garden (4 - a different edit of the same footage in Castle of Pleasure).

Cut to old lady Nadia who tells us of a general and his sexually demanding wife. Cut to that couple as she demands sex from him and gets it (5).

Nadia phones Zita and gives her an assignment. She has to pretend to be a virgin (so certified by professor Balthazar). Monsieur and Madame Leclerc want to ‘cure’ their homosexual son and think a virgin will do it. Zita rollerskates to their apartment and manages to cure Pierre (6) who is so besotted that he tells his parents that Ophelia (Zita's true name so she says) is his fiancée. His mother faints.

Old lady Nadia introduces the topic of telephone sex. Young Nadia has sex with Salvatore while they are on the phone to Julia. Julia masturbates while Salvatore, pretending to be Romeo, makes love to Nadia (7).

Old lady Nadia returns to the topic of the general and his wife and we see the unsatisfied wife conducting a novel short-arm inspection of five trouserless troopers. None of them come up to her demanding standards. We then see Zaza in a similar bit of business answering phones as in the previous film, finally putting through a call from the general to her boss. The general wants to hire a stud for his wife.

Zaza and the professor have sex on a bed (8).

The general’s wife phones Nadia who sends Salvatore round to try to satisfy her lusts (9).

Some of the following scenes have the air of using up spare footage.

In the nightclub Zaza strips again and gives someone a blow job (10), possibly behind the bar. Other strippers are seen.

We briefly see Alain L’Yle with Vivi in footage from the previous film (11), possibly as a justification for another sequence involving George waiting for his wife to come home. This time he loses patience and decides to hire a girl for himself by ringing the escort service. In fact he hires two - one for himself and one for a friend.

One of those gitrls is Zita who strips for the two men and then puts on a lesbian show with Patricia before they have a foursome with swapping of partners and anal for Zita (12). George returns home and finds his wife Vivi asleep.

Nadia and Mark (Eric Saville) have sex indoors (13).

In the professor’s office, the prof is getting a blowjob (14) from a brunette in sunglasses and red headband (possibly securing a wig). Zaza walks in and is at first surprised then amused.

Nadia is waiting anxiously for Salvatore to return, which he does, dressed in an army tunic and leading the general’s wife on a leash.

Old lady Nadia sums up. The end.

Film information updated with help from Dictionnaire des films français pornographiques et érotiques 16 et 35 mm, but I couldn't see Gabriel Pontello in either title.

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