Saturday, April 19, 2014

Blogging from A - Z Challenge - April 19 Q

Q is for Quills

This is a small post dedicated to one of my favorite films, Quills.

Despite all my feminist leanings, left wing ideologies and passion for sexual freedoms, I happen to be a mad keen reader of the works of The Marquis de Sade.

Why do I love him? I don't know - well I do, but it's tricky to defend, because he does represent something terrible in many ways. But I think his writing is courageous, even if mad, and I think his madness is an artists madness borne of intense frustration more than anything else.

Of course, I never knew him personally, nor did i get locked in one of his cages. (worst luck)

When I first saw Quills, it revealed that other people saw in him what I saw, and it speaks to that mysterious passion (some) women have for (some) men who insist on dominating them.

I do love this film. 


  1. For å while, when I was young, I was fascinated by Safe too. I still think that Justine is an entertaining book, in all It's madness.

    I read a bio about Sade. Basically, the message wad that Sade should be viewed as a mirror of his time >:)

    Cold As Heaven

    1. Sorry about the typos. Its the dictionary on my phone changing words against my will

    2. No problem at all! I am the typo queen! :)
      yes, I agree with what you are saying - its like a phase you go through. Simone de Beauvoir wrote an excellent essay "Must we burn Sade" which is a strong essay in favor of his writing.
      The film sanitizes it very much of course, which does help with my being able to love him. :)

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    1. hey Krystol - yeah... maybe it's not the best movie, but I really like it a lot.

  3. He and I share a birthday but I am a little younger than him:) He was a nasty bugger (oops shouldn't use that word) even though a talented one

    1. I think you're 100% right there - he was nasty! I agree re the talent, but he is still very controversial.

  4. I really liked this movie. Parts of it were difficult for me to watch, but they did such a great job with it. New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" and I look forward to visiting again.


    1. Hi Sylvia - thanks so much for stopping by.
      Im on my way to check out your blog also.
      I appreciate the follow.