Directed by Jess Franco
Cinematography by Gérard Brisseau, Antonio Millán & Jess Franco
Produced by Robert de Nesle & Claude Pessis
Screenplay by Jess Franco & Alain Petit (Based on the works of Marquis de Sade)
Starring Alice Arno, Robert Woods, Lina Romay, Howard Vernon, Tania Busselier, Joaquín Blanco and Alfred Baillou
PLOT SYNOPSIS (From the Jess Franco Obsession book)
Martine Bressac is released from a psychiatric clinic after a year’s treatment and is driven home by her chauffeur, Mathias. She is welcomed by the demented hunchbacked gardener Malou and the mute servant girl Adèle, and impatiently demands the key to her mysterious private chamber. There, set out like exhibits in a waxwork, are the bodies of beautiful girls frozen in postures of terror on the point of death. With Mathias’ help, Martine has just added another girl, a prostitute, to her collection when her husband and accomplice, Charles, arrives home with slides of a further prospective victim: Cécile the virginal daughter of a diplomat…
“Pleasure for Three” is a moden fable in which everyone is hoist by their own petard, bathered in the murky, torrid atmosphere that Franco is so good at producing. Alice Arno is magnificent as the keeper of the “museum of horrors”, a nod in the direction of the wax-museums American films are so good at portraying. Lina Romay as a sex-slave who only communicates by moaning is very credible. Only Robert Woods, a defector from westerns, is unconvincing. As it happens, he has since abandoned acting, and now sells water softeners for a living. Franco was to re-use the theme of perverted innocence in much more explicit films (nor is Plasir à Trois his first foray into the genre).