Review: Private Vices, Public Virtues (1976)

Pompous dialogue seasoned with nude people mocking, dancing, laughing, jumping and fornicating for 104 mins. Good there’s a bit of firecrackers inbetween.

blu“PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC VIRTUES” (Vizi privati, pubbliche virtù)

Director: Miklós Jancsó
Stars: Lajos Balázsovits, Pamela Villoresi, Franco Branciaroli
Distributor: Mondo Macabro
Runtime: 104 mins

“The clowns threw of their costumes and jumped around naked.”


Set somewhere in a Central European kingdom in the late 19th century. The youthful heir to the throne spends time at their country estate mocking his wife, father and the emperor. He invites his young friends for a decadent naked orgy together with a travelling “Circus of Truth”. But their 19th century hippie party will at last culminate in tragedy.


Based on a true story. This could easily be a political anarchic commentary of the liberal vibes from the 70’s. But sadly this artistic attempt falls flat. I see it has gotten either amazing reviews or the opposite. Jancsó is trying to do a Pasolini/Fellini approach, but I find it both boring and annoying. I like lots of arty movies and movies with explicit nudity, particularly the combination. Some of the beautiful composition of cinematography didn’t have much meaning to it. Didn’t like it. See it and judge for yourself.


I’ve got the Lim.Ed. 540/1000 of the Mondo Macabro Blu-Ray. It’s got a brand new HD remastering. Lots of interviews and trailers.