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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
Jean-Marc Bory ...
Bernard Dubois-Lambert
Judith Magre ...
Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy
José Luis de Vilallonga ...
Raoul Flores (as José Villalonga)
Gaston Modot ...
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Pierre Frag
Michèle Girardon ...
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Gib Grossac
Lucienne Hamon ...
Chantal
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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THIS WAS HER MOMENT!...and nothing else mattered! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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 Good Morning (1959) 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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The Lovers
28 November 2005 | by (Berlin, GER) – See all my reviews

What you see here is Jeanne Moreau's famous first filmic female orgasm and director Louis Malle's second feature film. Les amants / The Lovers was at that time a controversial study of bourgeois emptiness and sexual yearnings. The (as widely described) inscrutable Moreau plays a high society wife who is bored by her rich husband, has a lover, smart friends and a daughter. On one night she makes passionate love with a young student of a few hours acquaintance, and leaves it all for a new life.

If it now looks too much like an angry young sensualist's movie, the combination of a body language that is highly pleasurable, the soundtrack of Brahms, and the Henri Decaë's velvety monochrome, ravishing photography proves hard to resist. Her second collaboration with director Malle shows once more, what a wonderful screen persona Moreau is: commanding, willful, sultry.


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