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Les amants
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Release Date:
26 October 1959 (USA) See more »
THIS WAS HER MOMENT!...and nothing else mattered! See more »
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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  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les amants" - France (original title)
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Argentina:90 min | Canada:88 min (Québec)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:0 | Germany:0 (re-rating) (uncut) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (f) (cut)

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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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Early Louis Malle Classic, 28 January 1999

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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