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Les amants
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Release Date:
26 October 1959 (USA) See more »
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THIS WAS HER MOMENT!...and nothing else mattered! See more »
Plot:
Bored with her husband, bored with her polo-playing lover, will the middle-aged heroine go away with... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A Biting Romantic Drama Which Has Yet to Garner an Expiration Date See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeanne Moreau ... Jeanne Tournier
Jean-Marc Bory ... Bernard Dubois-Lambert
Judith Magre ... Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Raoul Flores (as José Villalonga)
Gaston Modot ... Coudray
Pierre Frag
Michèle Girardon ... La secrétaire
Gib Grossac
Lucienne Hamon ... Chantal
Georgette Lobre ... Marthe
Claude Mansard ... Marcelot (as Claude Mansart)
Alain Cuny ... Henri Tournier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean-Claude Brialy ... Un garçon a manège (uncredited)
Patricia Maurin ... Catherine, fille de Jeanne (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
 
Writing credits
Louise de Vilmorin (dialogue)

Dominique Vivant  novel "Point de Lendemain" (uncredited)

Cinematography by
Henri Decaë (director of photography) (as Henri Decae)
 
Film Editing by
Léonide Azar 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Evein 
 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Saulnier 
 
Makeup Department
Gisèle Jacquin .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Irénée Leriche .... production manager
Hubert Mérial .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Cavalier .... assistant director
François Leterrier .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles Merangel .... property master
 
Sound Department
Pierre-André Bertrand .... sound engineer (as Pierre Bertrand)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Bouladoux .... key grip
Vincent Rossell .... photographer
André Villard .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Madeleine Bibollet .... assistant editor
Kenout Peltier .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Serge Baudo .... conductor
Johannes Brahms .... composer: theme music
 
Other crew
Francine Corteggiani .... script girl
 

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Also Known As:
"Les amants" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:90 min | Canada:88 min (Québec)
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Good Morning (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
Streichsextett No. 1See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Biting Romantic Drama Which Has Yet to Garner an Expiration Date, 2 February 2009
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

In this, director Louis Malle's second film, which for awhile seems like it will be another high society soap opera, a seemingly arbitrary plot detour occurs that places the beautiful Jeanne Moreau in a situation all the less convenient and all the more frustrating because of how accustomed she has become to her privilege. Consequently, Moreau is less like a Sex and the City character and more of a realization that a social ladder does not leave problems below it. They follow you from decision to decision to decision. And the further up it she climbs, the less considerate her decisions seem to be of the world outside of herself.

As a 25-year-old French director at the dawn of the New Wave, he was not alone in satirizing and criticizing the bourgeoisie. Ironically, being younger than fellow Nouveau filmmakers Godard and Truffaut, as well as having been born into a wealthy industrialist family, had no hand in blinding him by way of his privileged ego. Watching this biting romantic drama about adultery and the reality and illusion of rediscovering love, I see that Malle understood the upper-class freedom of never having to worry about tomorrow, and not only does he characterize it with an almost humorously frustrating edge, he wisely satirizes love at first sight.

The movie was made in 1958, but Malle's style has yet to garner an expiration date. There are no outdated lap dissolves or screen wipes or quick fade-outs. The controversy at the time surrounding this film's alleged obscenity had a rebounding effect on the flimsy subjectivity of society's accusations. He was simply being honest, which he is in the aforementioned portrayals beyond the simple night of passionate love Moreau has with her lover. Instead of a coy imitation of a spectator blushing and looking away, as many other films did and still do when the camera moves to the window or the ceiling, Malle fixates on her ecstasy. Even now, rarely do we see a close shot of a woman's sexual pleasure.

A bit like Woody Allen would come to do in a few decades, Malle tends to saturate his soundtracks with a single composer. Here, it is Johannes Brahms, whose music is a brilliantly and acutely intuitive choice for the film since, much like the characters, he has a classical sense of form and order yet he's bold in his exploration of harmony and rhythm.

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