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The Story of Three Loves (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Music | 26 March 1953 (USA)
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)
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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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Dangerous Love. Jealous Love. Forbidden Love.


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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Charles Coutray: You are coming up to my studio.
Paula Woodward: Tonight?
Charles Coutray: At once.
Paula Woodward: [after a long pensive pause] I don't think I possibly can.
Charles Coutray: [Annoyed and impatient] I don't know who you are, but, let me tell you, you flatter yourself.
Paula Woodward: Oh, no, I don't.
Charles Coutray: Oh, yes, you do! You're afraid for your virtue, which is in no danger!
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Soundtracks

Rhapsody On a Theme of Paganini
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Pianist Jakob Gimpel
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Three stories don't add up to a cohesive whole but each is interesting on its own
13 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting mix of short stories with a galaxy of stars both major and minor. The first with James Mason and Moira Shearer has beautiful music and dancing but a rather overwrought storyline and wastes Agnes Moorehead in a nothing role. The last with Kirk Douglas and Pier Angeli is suffused with sorrow made especially poignant since she plays a girl saved by Kirk from suicide, such was not the case in real life and she ended up taking her own life several years later. The real charmer is the middle episode, a precursor to the film Big, with Ethel Barrymore as an elderly enchantress, Leslie Caron and Farley Granger sweet in a story of young love. Most enjoyable.


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