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Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue)
Madame de La Fayette (inspired by the book "La Princesse de Clèves")
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22 September 1999 (France) See more »
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Chiara Mastroianni ... Mme de Clèves
Pedro Abrunhosa ... Pedro Abrunhosa
Antoine Chappey ... M. de Clèves
Leonor Silveira ... La religieuse
Françoise Fabian ... Mme de Chartres
Maria João Pires ... Maria João Pires
Anny Romand ... Mme de Silva
Luís Miguel Cintra ... M. Da Silva

Stanislas Merhar ... François de Guise
Claude Lévèque ... Le médecin de Mme de Chartres
Ricardo Trêpa ... Intrus
Alain Guillo ... Le directeur de Jouillerie
Jean-Loup Wolff ... Le médecin de l'hôpital
Alexandre Nanaia
Marcel Terroux ... Le Jardinier
Claude Sempere ... Voix Off Présentateur TV
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marianne Bey Zave ... Emploièe de Mme de Chartres

Directed by
Manoel de Oliveira 
Writing credits
Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue)

Madame de La Fayette (inspired by the book "La Princesse de Clèves") (as Mme. de Lafayette)

Jacques Parsi (translation: French)

Produced by
Paulo Branco .... producer
Cinematography by
Emmanuel Machuel 
Film Editing by
Valérie Loiseleux 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
Production Design by
Ana Vaz da Silva 
Set Decoration by
Ann Chakraverty 
Costume Design by
Judy Shrewsbury 
Makeup Department
Emmanuelle Fèvre .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jacques Arhex .... production manager
Elisabeth Bocquet .... production manager (as Elizabeth Bocquet)
Jean-Dominique Chouchan .... assistant production manager
Philippe Rey .... production manager
Alexandre Valente .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José Maria Vaz da Silva .... first assistant director (as Zé Maria Vaz da Silva)
Art Department
Xavier Lavant .... second assistant decorator
Sound Department
Jean-François Auger .... sound mixer
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mathieu Bertholet .... assistant camera
Alice Capronnier .... first assistant camera
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Philippe Wegiel .... electrician
Other crew
Marielle Duigou .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Letter" - Europe (English title)
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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | France:U | Portugal:M/12 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud)
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Author: Didier (Didier-Becu) from Gent, Belgium

If you are a maniac who watches movies constantly, you know that you have wasted some hours in your life by movies that have absolutely nothing to say, this debacle is such one....gone are 100 minutes of my life! The story is superthin. A rich girl Madame De Clèves (played by Chiara Mastroianni, and I never could imagine acting could be done in such a boring way) has been destinated by her mother to marry the boring (they definitely found each other!) François De Guise. But of course, our bourgeoisie-lady meets (huuuum) a popstar and falls in love.... Now excuse me and let me point out some critical things. a) the popstar, a certain Pedro Abrunhosa is a macho in Armanisuit who plays the most annoying Portugese rock you can imagine....his crapmusic is about 20 minutes from the movie! b) the popstar seems to be part of the high society of cultural life, so it happens that he plays for a few people who normally only watch pianoconcerts from Chopin. Since when is that cool??????????? c) Since when falls a bourgeoisie-woman for a popstar who is surrounded by groupies? I don't know if director Manoel De Oliviera wanted to be hip by using some popscenes but it only makes his movie ridiculous. And the worst is yet to come! Madame De Clèves cant decide and she asks the help of her friend who happens to be...a nun. The nun tells all philosophicalbullshit that can be told in four words "Do your own thing", but for this intelligent answer you have to see a picture from 100 minutes in where nothing happens. I absolutely don't wanna hear terms like "art cinema", this is just wasted money. God, even Woody Allen wouldn't like to see this garbage.

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