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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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Release Date:
22 September 1999 (France) See more »
A well-bred, lovely, spiritual, sad young woman marries an attentive physician who loves her. She feels affection but no love... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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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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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Bewilderingly brilliant., 31 March 2000
Author: andrew osnard ( from panama city, panama

A masterpiece from a relatively unknown master in his 90s, but a masterpiece that refuses to play the 'great film' game. The excessive reliance on dialogue, stilted performances, ludicrous stylisation and verbose intertitles; the refusal to completely modernise the 17th century material, leaving it in a temporal flatness; all point to gauche filmmaking, but de Oliveira has the last laugh, and as the rhythms and patterns of his editing and framing become apparent, as the deadpan comedy emerges, we notice the stunning labyrinth of repetition he is cunningly weaving, and the film becomes satirically forceful, metaphysically complex, but, most importantly, heartbreakingly human.

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