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Edward Bond (writer)
Vladimir Nabokov (novel)
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September 1969 (UK) See more »
A married middle-aged art critic and 16-year-old Margot begin an affair and develop a troublesome mutually parasitic relationship. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nicol Williamson ... Sir Edward More

Anna Karina ... Margot
Jean-Claude Drouot ... Herve Tourace

Peter Bowles ... Paul

Siân Phillips ... Lady Pamela More
Sebastian Breaks ... Brian

Kate O'Toole ... Amelia More
Edward Gardner ... Driver
Sheila Burrell ... Miss Porly
Willoughby Goddard ... Colonel
Basil Dignam ... Dealer
Philippa Urquhart ... Philippa
Helen Booth ... Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Burton ... Sir Edward More (scenes deleted)

Directed by
Tony Richardson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Bond  writer
Vladimir Nabokov  novel

Produced by
Neil Hartley .... producer
Elliott Kastner .... producer
Cinematography by
Dick Bush 
Film Editing by
Charles Rees 
Costume Design by
Jocelyn Rickards 
Production Management
Gavrik Losey .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miguel Gil .... co-first assistant director
Miguel Gil .... location first assistant director
Andrew Grieve .... assistant director
Terry Hodgkinson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Pearce .... gaffer
Derek Suter .... electrician
Editorial Department
Sarah Ellis .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Raymond Leppard .... conductor
Raymond Leppard .... music adaptor

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104 min
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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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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Under-appreciated...worth a second look, 3 February 2006
Author: Jackstone54

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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