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That Most Important Thing: Love (1975)

L'important c'est d'aimer (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | April 1977 (USA)
Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies. Trying to help her, he borrows the money from the loan sharks to finance the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Mazelli
Roger Blin ...
Le père de Servais / Servais's father
Gabrielle Doulcet ...
Madame Mazelli
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Raymond Lapade
Guy Mairesse ...
Laurent Messala
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Myriam, la putain
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Luce, la femme de Lapade
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Karl-Heinz Zimmer
Paul Bisciglia ...
L'assistant-metteur en scène
Henri Coutet ...
Le père de Jacques (scenes deleted)
Sylvain Levignac ...
Le premier homme dans la brasserie (as Sylvain)
Andrée Tainsy ...
La mère de Jacques (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies. Trying to help her, he borrows the money from the loan sharks to finance the theatrical production of 'Richard III' and gives Nadine a part. Nadine is torn apart between Servais, for whom she is falling in love, and her husband Jacques, to whom she has moral obligations. Written by Yuri German <blsidt1@imf.org>

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Opening Weekend:

$5,370 (USA) (14 July 2017)

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$18,444 (USA) (24 September 2017)
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Trivia

'Romy Schneider' considered this movie her best work. See more »

Quotes

Nadine Chevalier: I'm dubbing Jane Fonda.
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Referenced in I Am Self Sufficient (1976) See more »

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Ballade Dérisoire
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Shouting, weeping, and all to no avail
1 July 2002 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a film for manic-depressives or people on amphetamines, maybe. I have rarely seen such frenetic activity outside of martial-arts pictures, yet the story is simple: a woman tires of her limp husband (Dutronc)and tries to start up with a much more masculine type (Testi). The milieu is the porn movie business which Schneider's character works in, interwoven with the classical theatre world she would like to belong to.

Romy Schneider got the Cesar award for her performance here; she pulls out all the stops to create this gifted but battered-by-life character. Pity that Zulawski couldn't craft a more balanced film around her.


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