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The Lovers (1958)

Les amants (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 26 October 1959 (USA)
Saddled with a dull husband and a foolish lover, a woman has an affair with a stranger.

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Jeanne Tournier
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Bernard Dubois-Lambert
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Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy
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Raoul Flores (as José Villalonga)
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Coudray
Pierre Frag
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Gib Grossac
Lucienne Hamon ...
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Georgette Lobre ...
Marthe
Claude Mansard ...
Marcelot (as Claude Mansart)
Alain Cuny ...
Henri Tournier
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Bored with her husband, bored with her polo-playing lover, will the middle-aged heroine go away with the young man who gave her a lift that day when her car broke down on the way back to her country estate from a weekend with her lover in Paris? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Drama | Romance

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2.35 : 1
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After screening this film, Nico Jacobellis, manager of the Heights Art Theater in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was charged with and convicted of possessing and exhibiting an obscene film. He appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court, which overturned the convictions, ruling that the film was not obscene. In a concurring opinion, Justice Potter Stewart made his famous pronouncement concerning what was pornography: "I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that." Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184, 197 (1964) (Stewart, J., concurring). See more »

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Referenced in El curso en que amamos a Kim Novak (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Streichsextett No. 1
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Op.18: Movement II--Andante ma moderato
Music by Johannes Brahms
Conducted by Serge Baudo
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Early Louis Malle Classic

Luminously inscrutable Jeanne Moreau gives one of her best performances in Louis Malle's "The Lovers" (1958:***1/2), a chic and entertaining romantic drama that was quite controversial in its day because of a prolonged love scene in the last half hour. Of course, today it seems very innocent, indeed. She plays the bored wife of a wealthy newspaper owner who impulsively decides to runs off with a young man who picks her up after her car stalls on the highway. Since the lover is played by a handsome young actor named Jean-Marc Bory (wonder whatever happened to him), who could blame her? Malle offers delicate hints during the morning after that the affair may not last too long. All-in-all, an exquisite film. The video version is letterboxed, too, which is a big plus.


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