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Release Date:
April 1977 (USA) See more »
Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Romy Schneider ... Nadine Chevalier

Fabio Testi ... Servais Mont
Jacques Dutronc ... Jacques Chevalier
Claude Dauphin ... Mazelli
Roger Blin ... Le père de Servais / Servais's father
Gabrielle Doulcet ... Madame Mazelli

Michel Robin ... Raymond Lapade
Guy Mairesse ... Laurent Messala

Katia Tchenko ... Myriam, la putain
Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Luce, la femme de Lapade

Klaus Kinski ... 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)
Olga Valéry ... La femme au godemiché
Jacques Boudet ... Robert Beninge
Robert Dadiès ... Le médecin à l'hôpital / Un acteur au théâtre
Georges-Fréderic Dehlen ... Un acteur au théâtre (as Georges F. Dehlen)
Jack Jourdain ... Victor (as Jacques Jourdan)
Claude Legros ... Manuel Rosenthal
Maritin ... Le frère de Jacques (scenes deleted)
Kira Potonie ... La femme de Messala
Michel Such ... L'électricien
Jacques Van Dooren ... Verdurin
Nadia Vasil ... La réalisatrice
Sin May Zao ... La vietnamienne
Gérard Zimmermann ... Léonard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philippe Clévenot ... (scenes deleted)

Sybil Danning ... (scenes deleted)
Marc Dudicourt ... (scenes deleted)
Zouzou ... (scenes deleted)
Frédérique Barral ... Une fille dans la brasserie (uncredited)
Claudine Beccarie ... La fille dans la partouze (uncredited)
Michel Berreur ... Le second homme dans la brasserie (uncredited)
Guy Delorme ... Un homme de main de Mazelli (uncredited)
Jerry Di Giacomo ... L'anglais en travesti (uncredited)
Michel Duchaussoy ... Karl-Heinz Zimmer (voice) (uncredited)
Josep Maria Flotats ... Servais Mont (voice) (uncredited)
Serge Godenaire ... L'éphèbe dans la partouze (uncredited)
Gérard Moisan ... Un autre homme de main de Mazelli (uncredited)
Manu Pluton ... L'homme au gymnase (uncredited)
Martine Sarcey ... Luce (voice) (uncredited)
Eric Vasberg ... Le troisième homme dans la brasserie (uncredited)
Howard Vernon ... (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrzej Zulawski 
Writing credits
Christopher Frank (novel "La nuit americaine")

Christopher Frank (adaptation) &
Andrzej Zulawski (adaptation)

Christopher Frank (dialogue)

Produced by
Albina du Boisrouvray .... producer
Léo L. Fuchs .... associate producer
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Aronovich 
Film Editing by
Christiane Lack 
Production Design by
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
Makeup Department
Massimo De Rossi .... assistant makeup artist
Jean-Pierre Guérin .... hair stylist
Didier Lavergne .... makeup artist (as Daniel Lavergne)
Production Management
Alain Artur .... assistant unit manager
Georges Casati .... production manager
Daniel Deschamps .... unit manager
Roland Godard .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laurent Ferrier .... assistant director
Philippe Lopez .... third assistant director
Franco Sormani .... second assistant director
Art Department
Pierre Roudeix .... props
Jean-Claude Sévenet .... property master
Sound Department
Daniel Couteau .... sound effects editor
Jacques Gérardot .... sound recordist
Maurice Laumain .... sound editor
Jean Nény .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Bal .... second assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Fizet .... still photographer
Andrzej Jaroszewicz .... camera operator
Jacques Labesse .... assistant camera
Flore Thulliez .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Genevieve Sebestik .... assistant editor
Marie-Claude von Dorpp .... assistant editor
Other crew
Claude Carliez .... fighting coordinator
Georges Martin-Cocher .... administrator
Élisabeth Rappeneau .... script girl

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'important c'est d'aimer" - France (original title)
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109 min | Germany:105 min (cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
France:16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2008) | Netherlands:16 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

'Romy Schneider' considered this movie her best work.See more »
Jacques Chevalier:J'ai rêvé de toi. Tu me versais du Coca-Cola dans l'oreille... Une vilaine mort, croyez-moi !See more »
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References King Kong (1933)See more »


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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Watch this underrated masterpiece of the 70s, 22 May 2007
Author: fagerard ( from Brussels, Belgium

Romy Schneider was absolutely right to consider this film as her major professional achievement. Thanks to Christopher Franck's remarkable adaptation from his own awarded novel LA NUIT AMERICAINE (not to be mistaken with Truffaut's well-known DAY FOR NIGHT) and to Georges Delerue's haunting soundtrack, Zulawski is here at his paramount, because his usual romantic excesses perfectly fit this time the subject. As for the cast, all the actors have never been so right in the part they've been chosen for : from Fabio Testi to Jacques Dutronc, from Klaus Kinsky to Claude Dauphin, not to mention Michel Robin. The scene in the bar, just after the theatrical premiere of Shakespeare's RICHARD III, when the whole crew reads the articles dedicated to their play, almost looks like a mirror of Zulawski himself, as most of his works have been misunderstood, if not definitely "killed" by the critics. if you happen to belong to the happy few who sincerely praise L'IMPORTANT C'EST D'AIMER, try to see some day the films that writer Christopher Franck personally directed from other novels of his about the same bohemian milieu, specially JOSEPHA, featuring Miou Miou & Claude Brasseur.

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