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Laughter in the Dark (1969)

X | | Drama | September 1969 (UK)
A married middle-aged art critic and 16-year-old Margot begin an affair and develop a troublesome mutually parasitic relationship.



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Credited cast:
Sir Edward More
Herve Tourace
Lady Pamela More
Sebastian Breaks ...
Amelia More
Edward Gardner ...
Sheila Burrell ...
Miss Porly
Willoughby Goddard ...
Basil Dignam ...
Philippa Urquhart ...
Helen Booth ...
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Sir Edward More (scenes deleted)


A married middle-aged art critic and 16-year-old Margot begin an affair and develop a troublesome mutually parasitic relationship.

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Although we see the Nicol Williamson character entering the Curzon Cinema (a well-known London art-house in the 60s), where he first meets the Anna Karina character, the interior is that of a quite different cinema, the National Film Theatre on London's South Bank, about two miles away. See more »

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Under-appreciated...worth a second look
3 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

The movie version of Nabokov's pre-Lolita novel received mixed reviews when it was released in 1969. Among the movie's champions were Penelope Gilliatt of the New Yorker and Joseph Morgenstern, then writing for Newsweek. Richard Burton did not decline the male lead; he was fired at the start of the filming because of drunkeness. While his replacement, Nicol Williamson, was way too young for the part, Williamson gives an uncanny performance. He is matched by Anna Karina, who is excellent as the devious usherette who captivates him. This movie was one of her excursions into English-language cinema. "Laughter in the Dark" illustrates the phrase "Love is blind", both literally and figuratively. This movie should be made available on DVD and video, the better for movie lovers to admire its intelligence ,black humor and fine acting.

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