Cast & Crew
Sand, a rich though untalented young American painter in Paris, surrounds herself with a group of female friends who serve as models. At a cabaret, Sand and her group encounter a young painter, Michel, as he escorts his sister, Caroline, on a visit to Paris from the provinces. The next day, Sand invites Caroline to a party styled after a Roman orgy, during which there is a striptease exhibition, and the guests engage in unrestrained lovemaking. Afterwards, Caroline models nude for Sand, but Michel storms in and a violent fight ensues. Michel subdues Sand and they make passionate love; he then leaves abruptly. Sand, transformed by this experience, turns away her female companions and attempts to convince Michel of the change in her outlook. Though he at first hesitates to accept her love, they are at last united through the efforts of Michel's best friend, Paul. [In the original French version, Sand, suspected of lesbian tendencies, nevertheless becomes attracted to Michel, who is preoccupied with his sister's visit and ignores Sand's attentions. Paul soon assumes Michel's role as escort and falls in love with Caroline. Michel refuses to admit his love for Sand and cruelly discourages her advances. At last the proud Sand humbly confesses her love to Michel, and, convinced of her sincerity, he reciprocates.]
Opened in Paris in March 1962 as Le quatrième sexe. Radley Metzger added the Roman orgy party sequence for U. S. release. Sources conflict in crediting production company and producer. One French source credits Alfonso Gimeno as director as well as writer. Footage also included in Dictionary of Sex, q. v.