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The Story of Three Loves (1953)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Music  -  26 March 1953 (USA)
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An anthology film consisting of three very different stories about love set in Europe and told in flashback.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Nina Burkhardt (segment "Equilibrium")
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Mrs. Hazel Pennicott (segment "Mademoiselle")
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Mademoiselle (segment "Mademoiselle")
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Pierre Narval (segment "Equilibrium")
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Thomas Clayton Campbell Jr. (segment "Mademoiselle")
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Charles Coutray (segment "The Jealous Lover")
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Paula Woodward (segment "The Jealous Lover")
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Aunt Lydia (segment "The Jealous Lover")
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Tommy: aged 11 (segment "Mademoiselle")
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Flirt at Bar (segment "Mademoiselle")
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Marcel (segment "Equilibrium")
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Saleswoman (segment "Mademoiselle") (scenes deleted)
John Pickard ...
Ship's Officer (segment "Equilibrium") (scenes deleted)
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Ship's Officer (segment "Equilibrium") (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Three loosely connected love stories. The first story: Paula is a talented dancer who cannot truly live unless she dances. But has a heart condition, which means she cannot live if she does. The second story: Tommy despises his French tutor, and hates being a child. He wants to be an adult so he can do what he wants. He gets his wish, being transformed into a handsome young man for one evening, and learns about whole new side of his French tutor. Third story: Pierre Narval is trapeze artist who gave it up when his partner died doing a dangerous stunt at his bidding. He rescues Nina, a beautiful young woman, after she throws herself into the Seine, and convinces her to become his new aerial partner. Her husband had been killed by the Nazis during the war, and she blames herself. They fall in love, which is tested when Nina must perform the stunt which killed Pierre's former partner. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Taglines:

Dangerous Love. Jealous Love. Forbidden Love.


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26 March 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Equilibrium  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM gave composer Miklos Rozsa only a week's notice to come up with a ballet for Moira Shearer. The composer said the assignment was beyond his range under the circumstances and was asked to provide an alternate piece. He selected Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini." See more »

Quotes

Charles Coutray: [to Paula] If there's one thing I hate, it's a jealous lover.
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Rhapsody On a Theme of Paganini
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Pianist Jakob Gimpel
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an excellent film that deserves a second look
2 August 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although this movie has three rather uneven stories in separate segments, the overall package succeeds, is quite beautiful artistically and is highly entertaining. For once, I think this movie on IMDb is UNDERRATED. However, I must say that I've seen this film several times and it did get better the more I watched it.

The first story is the best. It concerns Moira Shearer as a ballerina who has a heart condition but MUST dance, as to her ballet is a compulsion. The music by Rachmaninof is VERY haunting and I got it stuck in my brain for weeks following the movie. This segment reminded me of The Red Shoes (also starring Shearer) but was thankfully MUCH shorter and interesting--a definite plus for those like me who really DON'T like ballet!

The second is about as good and is a cute little fantasy involving a little boy who is magically transformed, temporarily, into an adult. As a child, he said how much he hated his governess, but as a man, hormones kick in and he is naturally drawn to the vivacious Leslie Caron (who wouldn't be?). It's cute and a bit sad as well.

The final is the weakest story about a trapeze artist who lost his last partner but now has discovered another,...and LOVE! It's a decent portion but is just overwhelmed by the quality of the other stories.


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