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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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

'Romy Schneider' considered this movie her best work.See more »
Nadine Chevalier:I'm dubbing Jane Fonda.See more »
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References Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)See more »


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6 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Worst French Movie Ever Made, 8 January 2012
Author: leiser18 from San Jose, CA

I just bought the DVD of this film and will never cease regretting it. This is the most awful Romy Schneider film I have seen, and I have seen most of her movies, including the ones filmed in Germany (Sissi, etc.).

The 70's produced the weirdest films and I probably should have known better: if Klaus Kinski was in it, it cannot be good. But I love Romy Schneider and so I went for it.

I will probably never see this movie again because I couldn't sit through this pretentious crap twice. I cannot understand how anyone could like this film. I didn't even like Romy in it, and that says a lot, given that she's one of my favorite actresses.

If one reads the description of the movie plot, one is deceived as the story is not as simply told as described. I wish I could get my money back, but I bought the DVD from (Germany) - too much hassle to return it. I'll just throw in the trash instead and good riddance.

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