Initially there was an order made by Just Jaeckin, the filmmaker of “Emmanuelle”, who wanted to make a film adaptation of Gwendoline, a “bondage” comic by John Willie. The project was not really about making a “bondage” movie (with women bound and whipped), but rather to create a fantastic film, a little erotic, happening in a forbidden city, full of adventure and new visions. For this idea Schuiten and Renard drew about sixty images and sketches that showed a cold mechanical city populated with fragile female silhouettes. But their work was finally little used. The film Gwendoline was shot in 1984 and it is basically a rather ordinary erotic film.
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