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15 December 1993 (France) See more »
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Awards:
11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sabine Azéma ... Celia Teasdale / Sylvie Bell / Irene Pridworthy / Rowena Coombes / Josephine Hamilton

Pierre Arditi ... Toby Teasdale / Miles Coombes / Lionel Hepplewick / Joe Hepplewick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Hudson ... Narrator
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Directed by
Alain Resnais 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Ayckbourn  play "Intimate Exchanges"
Jean-Pierre Bacri  writer
Anne Dutter  translation
Georges Dutter  translation
Agnès Jaoui  writer

Produced by
Bruno Pésery .... executive producer
Michel Seydoux .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Pattison 
 
Cinematography by
Renato Berta 
 
Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson 
 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
 
Costume Design by
Jackie Budin 
 
Makeup Department
Jacky Reynal .... hair stylist (as Jackie Reynal)
Jacky Reynal .... makeup artist (as Jackie Reynal)
Patrick Villain .... hair stylist
Patrick Villain .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pascal Ralite .... unit manager
Dominique Toussaint .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Deleforges .... assistant director
Bruno Resnais .... second assistant director
Olivier Trémolet .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Roger Conil .... chief set construction
Marc Pinquier .... prop man
 
Sound Department
Bernard Bats .... sound
Pierre-Yves Bruneel .... sound assistant
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Philippe Hubin .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Frederic Moreau .... optical effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Bouladoux .... key grip
Jeanne Delaporte .... still photographer
Eric Finoelst .... electrician
Franck Fiquet .... electrician
Eric Gies .... electrician
Jean-Pierre Lacroix .... gaffer
Alexandre Monnier .... second assistant camera
Jean-Paul Toraille .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie-Christine Budelberger .... seamstress
Ann Dunsford .... wardrobe mistress (as Anne Varenne)
 
Editorial Department
Jean-Pierre Bernard .... associate editor
Hélène Sicard .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Paul Baleman .... musical director
Paul Baleman .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script supervisor
Marine Delattre .... production assistant
Floc'h .... drawing
Christophe Lebreton .... production administrator
Françoise Marion .... production secretary
Béatrice Mauduit .... production assistant
Jacques Quinternet .... location unit manager
Anne Serrié .... production administrator
 
Thanks
Laurence Picollec .... special thanks
 

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298 min (2 parts)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Released in two separate parts : 'Smoking' (admissions in France: 411,449) and 'No Smoking' (admissions in France: 355,942).See more »
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References Tom Jones (1963)See more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
anything goes... depending on who says what, 5 July 2004
Author: Joanna Lefort from London, England

These two gems have are an experimental, laid-back affair: instead of upping the ante visually, they have chosen to embark the viewer into a labyrinth of a plot, peppered with unforgettable dialogues served by nine characters, all played by two actors. Add to this the fact that this is also meant to be an anthropological view of that most bizarre people -the rural British- and you have a pair of truly unique and endearing movies, cinematic twins if you will.

Smoking and No Smoking end up being a double-treat: one of the most mordantly funny British comedy in years and possibly the best French films of their decade. The fact that Ayckbourn's spirit still flows with manic glee, filtered by Jaoui and Bacri's masterful adaptation, is a sizable feat when you know that French and British humors are generally deemed totally incompatible.

But despite the great texts, the unique sets (intentionally "theatrical"), the perfect, low-key costumes and the impeccable direction and editing, the real showstoppers are Sabine Azema and Pierre Arditi's with their multiple performances. Each and every one of their characters is played memorably, making for far more than an extended acting stunt on their part: you actually feel for and connect with each and every one of their incarnations, forgetting completely that they are played by the same actors, you are drawn into their characters' sometime painful, sometime painfully funny dilemmas (which all get resolved since all the possibilities are shown).

This is a UFO to me: a hilarious, touching comedy with absolutely no flaws (even though some have said the running times were a little self-indulging), an experimental film that "works" and never feels forced, a triumph of acting... I suppose some will find it overbearing, but actors, directors and screenwriters alike should make this one of their necessary (albeit hard-to-come-by) viewings because if you're caught by the magic on screen, you won't be turning back. Although the films can be seen in any order, i would recommend you start with No Smoking as it offers a more supple introduction to the films' "method" and characters and also because Smoking is probably the better of the two and thus, you've got a dramatic crescendo going for yourself.

For people who don't necessarily like French cinema or who don't understand the British: watch these,they're the kind of movie miracles that belong to everyone. They are that great.

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