Laundry maid Madeleine walks past inmates in the asylum. (0:06)
His advisor Delbené tells Emperor Napoleon, "The novel's lewd subject matter and... reveal it to be the work of Marquis de Sade. He composes his prose from inside a madhouse."
"Put the Marquis to death, and history might even regard you as a despot."
"Nevertheless, cure the Marquis de Sade... Might I suggest an appraisal at the asylum of Charenton?... Dr. Royer-Collard, a distinguished alienist..."
Dr. Royer-Collard justifies "an aggressive course of treatment" as he supervises the dunking of a patient in an iron chair. (0:10)
Madeleine tells a group of friends, referring to Marquis de Sade, "He's a writer, not a madman." (0:14)
Marquis de Sade tells Madeleine his new story about "a darling of the lower wards where they entomb the criminally insane." (0:19)
Inmate Cleante tells the Abbé, "There's but one kind of bird in a madhouse, Abbé." (0:20)
Inmates sing under the direction of the Abbé. Music therapy? (0:24)
Marquis de Sade rehearses the inmates in a play. Drama therapy?
Royer-Collard tells the Abbé, "Playing dress-up with cretins sounds like a symptom of madness, not a cure."
Marquis de Sade: "Welcome to our humble madhouse, doctor."
The Abbé tells Royer-Collard, "Better to have an insane spouse than a criminal one."
Royer-Collard: "What effect have all the amenities had on his psyche?"
Abbé: "It's essential to his recovery..."
Royer-Collard: "You could try my calming chair on him." (0:27)
Marquis de Sade tells the Abbé, "But you implored me to write... to stave off my madness"
Abbé: "I have your fellow patients to consider."
"What's the point of all your valiant attempts at rehabilitation?" (0:30)
Male patient with facial tic. (0:42)
A patient introduces the play "written by... the Marquis de Sade." (0:44)
Royer-Collard reprimands the Abbé: "Charenton is a sanatorium, not a circus."
"And as for your friend, playwright emeritus of the madhouse..."
"... the inmates are indeed running the asylum." (0:50)
Marquis de Sade tells the Abbé's assistant Valcour, referring to de Sade's wife Renee, "Perhaps you'll find a place for her... among the hysterics." (0:56)
Royer-Collard tells Renee, "My schedule is not subject to the whims of lunatics."
Renee: "You work in a madhouse. Your every waking moment is governed by the insane."
Royer-Collard: "... nary a penny left over for appropriate treatments: opiates to quell his temper, restraints to chasten him when he misbehaves." (0:57)
Marquis de Sade tells a story of necrophilia. (1:05)
Madeleine tells Royer-Collard, referring to her blind mother, "Soaking sheets for lunatics has cost this woman her sight." (1:07)
Inmates in their dining room. (1:15)
Madeleine tells the Abbé, "It's a hard day's wages slaving away for madmen." (1:20)
Royer-Collard's young wife Simone: "Tell him if he discovers our whereabouts, you'll slit your wrists with a razor, and I'll plunge a hat pin into my heart." (1:27)
Marquis de Sade treated with the calming chair. (1:28)
Marquis de Sade: "My glorious prose filtered through the minds of the insane." (1:34)
Dauphin sets the asylum afire with a candle. (1:36)
Marquis de Sade swallows a cross and dies. Suicide?
Royer-Collard tells the new Abbé, "The compulsive inmates set the type." (1:54)