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A Very Private Affair (1962)

Vie privée (original title)
When Jill becomes a movie star, she soon discovers that her private life is destroyed by persistent fans that won't leave her alone. Her mother's ex-lover, Fabio, tries to protect her.



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Complete credited cast:
Fabio Rinaldi
Nicolas Bataille ...
Dirk Sanders ...
Jacqueline Doyen ...
Paul Sorèze ...
Maxime (as Paul Soreze)
Cecile (as Eleonore Hirt)
Gloria France ...
Ursula Kubler ...
Isarco Ravaioli
Gregor von Rezzori ...
Antoine Roblot ...
Alain, the photographer
Simonetta Simeoni


When Jill becomes a movie star, she soon discovers that her private life is destroyed by persistent fans that won't leave her alone. Her mother's ex-lover, Fabio, tries to protect her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Release Date:

28 September 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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French actor Michel Auclair dubs Marcelo Mastroianni's voice in French. See more »


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Theme De Vie Privée
Written By François Carpi
Music by Jean-Max Rivière and Jean Spanos (as Y. Spanos)
(p) 1962 SEMI, Barclay
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10 minutes that saved a film
1 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching Louis Malle's La Vie Privée was an exercise in patience that finally managed to pay off. It wasn't even the bleak colors (remeniscent of the cheap color prints of the 60's) or the lack of chemistry between Bardot and Mastroianni that pushed the audience to the limit. It was perhaps the stilted dialog, made nearly unbearable by the fact that it was poorly dubbed into English. Maybe the film would have worked better in black and white or as a silent. Maybe not...The films final sequence (stretching over the last seven minutes) redeems nearly all its faults. The carefully composed shots, alternating between the faces of the stars and a play being performed on stage (with a remarkable backdrop of an old Spoletto basilica) empowered by moving music brings us closest to the characters. Once again, the so-called "silent" moment dominates the film, showing us the director's capabilities in full bloom. The tension is enhanced by an increased tempo in editing, leading perfectly to the climax. For what may be a deeply flawed film, I feel bad for the people that left early. Those last seven minutes define great film-making.

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