After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her ... See full summary »
The American artist couple Port and Kit Moresby travel aimlessly through Africa, searching for new experiences that could give sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions only leads both deeper into despair.
While looking for an apartment, Jeanne, a beautiful young Parisienne, encounters Paul, a mysterious American expatriate mourning his wife's recent suicide. Instantly drawn to each other, they have a stormy, passionate affair, in which they do not reveal their names to each other. Their relationship deeply affects their lives, as Paul struggles with his wife's death and Jeanne prepares to marry her fiance, Tom, a film director making a cinema-verite documentary about her. Written by
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When Paul puts on the Colonel's kepi (the French military hat that had belonged to Jeanne's father) and says to Jeanne, "How do you like your hero? Over easy or sunny side up?" Marlon Brando, the author of most of the film's English dialogue, is using egg imagery because the gold braid on an officer's hat is referred to as "scrambled eggs" in the U.S. military. Brando attended Shattuck Military Academy (from which he was booted out) and failed his physical for the U.S. Army during World War II, due to a bum knee hurt playing high school football. See more »
When Paul and Jeanne are at the sinks together, she says, "I prefer to be a whore." Her lips do not move during that line. See more »
[with his hands over his ears at the overwhelming sound of a passing train]
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the original X-rated version (just recently rerated NC-17) is possibly my favorite tragic romance that i've ever seen. Marlon Brando delivers a fierce impassioned performance that has yet to be equaled by himself or any other actor. surprisingly, the much debated sex scenes (did they really do it?) aren't really explicit from a nudity aspect (not much is shown.) but what they DON'T show makes the scenes that much more erotic and realistic.
my only complaints is the the last third is a little too drawn out and the ending could have been constructed better, but those are moot points.
any fanatic of classic cinema should have this film in their collections. and anyone that wants to see how to make a great tragically romantic film should view this one repeatedly.
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