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The Story of Three Loves (1953)

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


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 <>

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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)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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MGM gave composer Miklós Rózsa 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 »


Charles Coutray: [to Paula] If there's one thing I hate, it's a jealous lover.
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Sobre las Olas
("Over the Waves") (uncredited)
Originally composed by Juventino P. Rosas (1888)
Adapted as "The Loveliest Night of the Year" in 1950 by Irving Aaronson
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Instrumental version heard under trapeze sequences
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Pier Angeli was convincing as a widow of a Holocaust victim and as a trapeze artist!
15 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie especially the the third segment featuring Pier Angeli. She really did her best portraying a suicidal widow of a Holocaust victim who becomes a trapeze artist after she is saved from drowning by Kirk Douglas's character. I am pretty sure that she relied on her own childhood in Rome for inspiration. She grew up in Rome when World War II was occurring. Her emotional scenes were the best. I can see why Kirk Douglas fell in love with her. It is hard to believe she was only nineteen when she filmed the movie. It is the first color film she did. I think it was be remembered by devoted Anna Maria Pierangeli fans for years to come.

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