Quills is a period film directed by Philip Kaufman and adapted from the Obie award -winning play by Doug Wright , who also wrote the original screenplay. Cited by historians as factually inaccurate, Quills filmmakers and writers said they were not making a biography of de Sade, but exploring issues such as censorship , pornography , sex , art, mental illness, and religion. It was released with an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America and an 18 rating from the British Board of Film Classification due to "strong horror, violence, sex, sexual violence, and nudity". Quills begins in Paris during the Reign of Terror , with the incarcerated Marquis de Sade penning a story about the libidinous Mademoiselle Renard, a ravishing young aristocrat who meets the imprisoned preeminent sadist. The Marquis has been publishing his work through laundress Madeleine "Maddy" LeClerc, who smuggles manuscripts through an anonymous horseman Tom Ward to a publisher. The Marquis' latest work, Justine , is published on the black market to great success.
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Take a look back at these Hollywood icons in their early days to see how far they've come in their careers—and how little they've visibly aged. See the gallery. The infamous writer, the Marquis de Sade of eighteenth century France, is imprisoned at Charenton Insane Asylum for unmentionable activities. Things go terribly wrong when the Abbe finds out that the Marquis' books are being secretly published. Emperor Napoleon contemplates sending Dr. Royer-Collard to oversee the asylum, a man famed for his torturous punishments. It could mean the end of Charenton and possibly the Marquis.
Quills' explores lurid tale of lust, love
Screenwriter Doug Wright weaves an intrinsically detailed tale so full of lust and sexuality it could make a romance novelist blush. The film touches a fine line of being blatantly aware of its sexual nature without exploiting it. It seeks to tell a story rather than preach a lesson. This is evident in the way emotion and subplot occur at every reel. While Geoffrey Rush is intoxicating in his portrayal of de Sade, baring mind and soul and just about everything else as well to get to the heart of what this man was in history, he is not the only character to stir things up.
Some are born evil, others choose evil, and some have evil thrust upon them. We are most inclined to forgive the members of the first category. The Marquis de Sade, for example, was hard-wired from birth as one of the most villainous of God's creatures. Although it is impossible to approve of him, it is possible to concede that he did what we are all enjoined to do: Taking the gifts and opportunities at hand, he achieved everything he possibly could. That his achievement is reprehensible does not entirely obscure the fact that his spirit was indomitable and his tenacity courageous.