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The Story of Three Loves (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Music | 26 March 1953 (USA)
An anthology film consisting of three very different stories about love set in Europe and told in flashback.

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John Collier (segment), George Froeschel (adaptation) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pier Angeli ... Nina Burkhardt (segment "Equilibrium")
Ethel Barrymore ... Mrs. Hazel Pennicott (segment "Mademoiselle")
Leslie Caron ... Mademoiselle (segment "Mademoiselle")
Kirk Douglas ... Pierre Narval (segment "Equilibrium")
Farley Granger ... Thomas Clayton Campbell Jr. (segment "Mademoiselle")
James Mason ... Charles Coutray (segment "The Jealous Lover")
Moira Shearer ... Paula Woodward (segment "The Jealous Lover")
Agnes Moorehead ... Aunt Lydia (segment "The Jealous Lover")
Ricky Nelson ... Tommy: aged 11 (segment "Mademoiselle")
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Flirt at Bar (segment "Mademoiselle")
Richard Anderson ... Marcel (segment "Equilibrium")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Argentina Brunetti ... Saleswoman (segment "Mademoiselle") (scenes deleted)
John Pickard ... Ship's Officer (segment "Equilibrium") (scenes deleted)
Frank Wilcox ... Ship's Officer (segment "Equilibrium") (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Three loosely connected love stories. The first story: Paula is a talented dancer who cannot truly live unless she dances. But has a heart condition, which means she cannot live if she does. The second story: Tommy despises his French tutor, and hates being a child. He wants to be an adult so he can do what he wants. He gets his wish, being transformed into a handsome young man for one evening, and learns about whole new side of his French tutor. Third story: Pierre Narval is trapeze artist who gave it up when his partner died doing a dangerous stunt at his bidding. He rescues Nina, a beautiful young woman, after she throws herself into the Seine, and convinces her to become his new aerial partner. Her husband had been killed by the Nazis during the war, and she blames herself. They fall in love, which is tested when Nina must perform the stunt which killed Pierre's former partner. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Taglines:

Dangerous Love. Jealous Love. Forbidden Love.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Three Loves See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM gave composer Miklós Rózsa only a week's notice to come up with a ballet for Moira Shearer. The composer said the assignment was beyond his range under the circumstances and was asked to provide an alternate piece. He selected Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini." See more »

Quotes

Nina Burkhardt: You were going to tell me what you wanted.
Pierre Narval: Up to a few years ago I was an aerialist. You know, a trapeze artist. They said I was the best - better than the best. But I was unlucky. They said I took risks, but if you don't want to take risks, you can crawl along the ground, can't you, like a fly with its wings off? Up there on the bar you got to do something... something that nobody else can do, eh?
Nina Burkhardt: I suppose so.
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Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas
("Over the Waves") (uncredited)
Originally composed by Juventino Rosas (1888) (as Juventino P. Rosas )
Adapted as "The Loveliest Night of the Year" in 1950 by Irving Aaronson
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Instrumental version heard under trapeze sequences
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Inspiring, imaginative and heart felt
21 August 2005 | by ellenburrSee all my reviews

This is one of the few movies that I've watched repeatedly or when I need an attitude boost. (Others are Harold & Maude and What a Wonderful Life.) I walk away with renewed sense of empowerment, purpose and determination. In addition to that, I enjoyed: 1) the timing--the movie consists of three shorts and I appreciate the order in which the three are presented; 2) sense of humor--the second short is quite charming and I thought well written from a child's point of view--it avoids being an adult pretending to be a child; 3) long dance scenes--there must be several three minute scenes with no editing cuts (the music is so strong that whenever I hear a piece by Faure, if it's not the piece in this one scene it reminds me of it, that I must stop a few seconds because the memory is so alive); 4) the deep exploration of "what is right" --I not only appreciate the presentation of the two sides of every decision presented in all of the shorts, but also that a quick Hollywood solution is resisted; and finally 5) a young Kirk Douglas--which is the old fashioned manly-man. My only wish is that is would be shown on the big screen more often.


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