Troupe attempts to Save their Theater with Graphic Exploitation
director: Jean Marboeuf
starring: Caroline Cellier · Guy Marchand · Marie Dubois · Michel Galabru
· Jean-Claude Brialy
Guignol' theater was born in France near the end of the 19th Century.
Théâtre du Grand Guignol was created as an alternative
to the mainstream theater-going experience and - as such - the emphasis
was on depiction of graphic violence, brutality, and eroticism with a
concentration on man's lower instincts. It became the theater-of-the-people,
very similar to Grindhouse Cinema Exploitation of later years.
deals with a struggling theater troupe in contemporary France who decide
to revive the Théâtre du Grand Guignol to lure people
back to their performances. Guy Marchand plays Baptiste, the director
of the theater who writes horrific plays which reflect his macabre and
sadistic fantasies. His wife, Sarah, doesn't share Baptiste's vision and
leaves. But the show must go on and Baptista continues to introduce more
and more outlandish exploitation while he tries to forget his wife in
the arms of a mistress.
film with English subtitles; widescreen format (1.78:1), uncut (89 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT; extras include theatrical
Violence/Adult Situations/Sexual Brutality
Recommended For Adult Audiences