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Three Lives and Only One Death (1996)

Trois vies et une seule mort (original title)
Take a walk into the weird world of filmmaker Raul Ruiz as he takes us to Paris for a twisted ride. A man which shares four names and four personalities (which is the real one?) is the link... See full summary »

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Cast

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Mateo Strano / Georges Vickers / Butler / Luc Allamand
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Maria Gabri-Colosso, "Tania la Corse"
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María
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Martin
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Cécile
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Hélène
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André
Jean-Yves Gautier ...
Mario
Jacques Pieiller ...
Tania's Husband
Pierre Bellemare ...
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Luca
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Bum #1
Roland Topor ...
Bum #2
Jacques Delpi ...
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Jean Badin ...
Antoine José
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Take a walk into the weird world of filmmaker Raul Ruiz as he takes us to Paris for a twisted ride. A man which shares four names and four personalities (which is the real one?) is the link between four different, yet similar, stories involving love, lust, crime, and time. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Last filmed starring by Marcello Mastroianni that was released before his death in 1996. See more »

Quotes

Radio Announcer: Extreme happiness is a form of misery.
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References Alphaville (1965) See more »

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An die Musik, D.547
Words by Franz von Schober
Music by Franz Schubert
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Prescient allegory about euro currency
19 August 2011 | by (Bloomington, IN) – See all my reviews

Having just read about Raoul Ruiz's passing I was motivated to look up reviews of my favorite film of his. I am writing this because I was surprised to see that none of the reviewers seemed to get that the film was an allegory for the coming of the Euro currency. The "craziness" of the film is actually a commentary on the craziness of the Euro. For instance viewers will notice that the characters lose their personalities on the Rue Maastricht. The Maastricht Treaty laid the groundwork for the Euro in 1992 that wentinto effect January 1, 1999. Much of what is happening today with Europe and the Euro was symbolically foreshadowed in the film.

If you watched the film and didn't understand its underlying premise I suggest watching again. I am sure you'll experience an "ah ha" moment and will discover this crazy film of Mr. Ruiz's makes brilliant sense.


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