HISTORY OF IDEAS: Marquis de Sade and "Sadism" ( Channel 4 Documentary)


HISTORY OF IDEAS:  Marquis de Sade and "Sadism" ( Channel 4 Documentary)
by Darius Kadivar

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (2 June 1740 – 2 December 1814)  was a French aristocrat, revolutionary and writer famous for his libertine sexuality and lifestyle with an emphasis on violence, criminality, and blasphemy. Many of his works were written in prison.The term "sadism"  is derived from his name. ( See Complete Bio Here)

WARNING PG-13 : The Documentary as well as the various videos in this blog are fairly watchable for a Mature and adult Audience however it contains scenes of violence and sexuality which can hurt younger audiences sensitivities.   

Channel 4 Documentary "Masters of Darkness" on The  Marquis de Sade:

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

Part IV:

Part V:

Part VI:

Examples of Sades Sadism on Film and Fictional Works:

La Fessée:

The Whipping of de Sade:

(Note: Marat/Sade: The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade by Peter Weiss.)

Kate O'Brien Creative does The Marquis De Sade:

Marquis de Sade Justine( with the young Tyranna Power) (1969 ) (Spanking):

Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus" Arena Scene  deadly Gladiatorial Games for Pleasure of "civilized" Romans:

Trailer to The Night Porter:

A Shocking Film for it's Time released in 1974, Starring Dirk Bogard and Charlotte Rampling The dark and melancholy story of a former teenage Nazi concentration camp inmate, Lucia, and the S.S. officer who was her torturer/lover, Max ,


The Night Portier Starring Dirk Bogard and Charlotte Rampling:

On the Lighter Side:

Monty Python on The Spanish Inquisition:

Mel Brooks as Torcemada in History of the World Part One: The Spanish Inquisition:


Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (2 June 1740 – 2 December 1814)  was a French aristocrat, revolutionary and writer famous for his libertine sexuality and lifestyle. His works include novels, short stories, plays, and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name, while others appeared anonymously and Sade denied being their author. He is best known for his erotic novels, which combined philosophical discourse with pornography, depicting bizarre sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence, criminality, and blasphemy against the Catholic Church. He was a proponent of extreme freedom, unrestrained by morality, religion or law.

Sade was incarcerated in various prisons and in an insane asylum for about 32 years of his life; eleven years in Paris (10 of which were spent in the Bastille) a month in Conciergerie, two years in a fortress, a year in Madelonnettes, three years in Bicêtre, a year in Sainte-Pélagie, and 13 years in the Charenton asylum. During the French Revolution he was an elected delegate to the National Convention. Many of his works were written in prison. The term "sadism"  is derived from his name.

More  Here

In Relation to Iran's Past and Present History:

Shah of Iran questioned by CBS Journalist Mike Wallace on the Issue of Torture :

The Shah of Iran's Political Police "SAVAK" HQ seized by Civilians - Feb 79:

An injured arrested General Nassiri director of the SAVAK during his televised Trial ( He was too beaten up to be able to speak or defend himself in a proper trial) is confronted to his alledged victims:

General Rahimi head of the Ground Forces say's as an Officer he has tried his best to avoid bloodshed or Shooting on the Population. He is tried without a lawyer to defend him. Ebrahim Yazdi ( CLUELESS JON STEWART: "Ebrahim Yazdi Such a Lovely Man") questions him:


Portrait on British TV of the Hanging Judge Ayatollah Khalkhali responsible for many executions after the Revolution:

An interview of Khalkhali who in his last years became a "reformist", One of his last interviewes before his death from natural causes:

Ahmad Batebi tells CNN's Anderson Cooper, in his 1st U.S. television interview how he was tortured for 8 years in an Iranian prison and how he managed to escape:

Neda, a young girl brutally killed in Iran during protests, is quickly becoming a symbol of rebellion:

Iran's Ahmadinejad on Holocaust:

Kahrizak Torture Iran Tehran (bbc):

Rape in Kharizak:


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CLUELESS JON STEWART: "Ebrahim Yazdi Such a Lovely Man" 

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Recommended Readings:

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Recommended Books:

A Women for All Seasons: In Memory of Farokhroo Pārsā by Ardavan Bahrami

BOOK: EVEN AFTER ALL THIS TIME By Afschineh Latifi ( A Memoir )

Related "History of Violence" Blogs:

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HISTORY OF VIOLENCE:Chemical Weapons Attack On Kurds (1988)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: First Assassination Attempt on Shapour Bakhtiar (1980)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE:US Shoots Down Civilian Iran Air Flight 655 (1988)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE:Iraq Chemical Weapons used against Iran (1984)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: MKO Highjack Boeing 747 with 200 hostages (1983)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Vendetta Against Anglican Bishop in Iran (1980)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Shah's Generals Executed and Imperial Army Disintegrated (1979)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Manoucher AZEMOUN at Revolutionary court (1979)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Amir Abbas Entezam Chained to Hospital Bed (1990's)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Hadi Ghaffari executioner of Amir Abbas Hoveyda (1979)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Pulitzer Prize Photo of Rebels Executed by Iran's Revolutionaries (1979)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Shah of Iran wounded after Assassination Attempt (1949)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Rafsanjani speaks to Press from Hospital (1980)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Ahmad Kasravi and secretary assassinated (1946)

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Prince Shahryar Shafiq (1945-1979)

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HISTORY OF IDEAS: Schopenhauer on Love (BBC)

HISTORY OF IDEAS: Epicurus on Happiness (BBC)

HISTORY OF IDEAS:Sigmund Freud: Analysis of a Mind

HISTORY OF IDEAS: Friedrich Nietzsche-Hardship-Zarathustra-Triumph of the Will (BBC)

THE STORY OF GOD: Robert Winston explains Zoroastrianism

HISTORY OF IDEAS: Jean Paul Sartre on Freedom and Existentialism (BBC)

HISTORY OF IDEAS: Seneca on Anger - A Guide To Happiness with Alain de Botton (BBC)

HISTORY OF IDEAS: Montaigne's Guide To Happiness,Wisdom and Self-Esteem (BBC Documentary)

HISTORY OF IDEAS:Socrates on Self-Confidence and Non Conformist Thought (BBC Documentary)

HISTORY FORUM: The Age of Enlightment in France and Europe.

EMPIRE OF THE MIND: The Greeks - Crucible of Civilization narrated by Liam Neeson (PBS-1999)

HISTORY FORUM: Machiavelli's "The Prince" and the "Art" of Governing

GOOD READ: All You Need to Know About The Enlightment Philosophers

HISTORY FORUM: Nader Naderpour on Iran's Constitutional Revolution and European Rennaissance (1996)


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این اسلامیون با زبان خوش از مملکت نخواهند رفت

Red Wine

خدا رحمت کند این آقای رحیمی را ! نازنین مردی بود ! به نا‌ حق ایشان و خیلی‌‌های دیگر را به قتل رسانیدند.

این اسلامیون با زبان خوش از مملکت نخواهند رفت ! باید مثل خودشان با ایشان برخورد کرد.

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The term may be coined after him

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but mullahs actually invented, patented, perfected and elevated it to an art form.