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Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)

Juliette Merteuil and Valmont is a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both have sexual affairs with others and share their experiences with one another. But there ... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Claude Brulé (adaptation), Choderlos de Laclos (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Moreau ... Juliette de Merteuil
Gérard Philipe ... Vicomte de Valmont
Annette Stroyberg ... Marianne Tourvel (as Annette Vadim)
Madeleine Lambert Madeleine Lambert ... Mme Rosemonde
Jeanne Valérie ... Cécile Volanges
Nicolas Vogel Nicolas Vogel ... Jerry Court
Boris Vian Boris Vian ... Prévan
Gillian Hills ... Une amie de Cécile
Paquita Thomas Paquita Thomas ... Nicole
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Danceny
Simone Renant ... Mme Volanges
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Storyline

Juliette Merteuil and Valmont is a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both have sexual affairs with others and share their experiences with one another. But there is one rule: never fall in love. But this time Valmont falls madly in love with a girl he meets at a ski resort, Marianne. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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An adult picture about the dangers of promiscuity - hotly controversial, worldly successful - critically photographed, masterfully directed, beautifully performed! Not recommended for the immature. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Love Affairs See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films Marceau-Cocinor See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Annette Stroyberg was married to director Roger Vadim at the time of shooting. See more »

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Version of Great Performances: The Dangerous Liaisons (1994) See more »

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Prelude In Blue (À L' Esquinade)
Written by Jacques Marray (as Duke Jordan)
Performed by Art Blakey with The Barney Wilen Quartet
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La Marquise de Merteuil...
18 September 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Among all Vadim's duds,"les liaisons dangereuses " seems to have stood the test of time better than the other "works" of the director.The reason is to be found in the cast.Gérard Philipe -though largely overshadowed by John Malkovich in Frears's version -and mainly Jeanne Moreau are earnest thespians and you cannot be wrong with them.And Roger Vailland and Claude Brulé had a good idea for the conclusion:fire instead of smallpox allows us to hear Laclos's immortal line "She's wearing her soul on her face!"

Objections to this early version -to be followed by half a dozen of them- remain:that the story should have been transferred to the sixties is eminently questionable:La Merteuil was a definitely modern original character in Choderlos de Laclos's times ;in 1960,such a woman's behavior had become banal.Vadim would do worse when he would transfer Zola's "la curée" to his era.

Proof positive that all that glittered in the nouvelle vague was not gold.


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