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Justine (1969)

R | | Drama | 6 August 1969 (USA)
In Alexandria, in 1938, Darley, a young British schoolmaster and poet, makes friends through Pursewarden, the British consular officer, with Justine, the beautiful and mysterious wife of a ... See full summary »

Directors:

George Cukor, Joseph Strick (uncredited)

Writers:

Lawrence Durrell (novel), Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anouk Aimée ... Justine
Dirk Bogarde ... Pursewarden
Robert Forster ... Narouz
Anna Karina ... Melissa
Philippe Noiret ... Pombal
Michael York ... Darley
John Vernon ... Nessim
Jack Albertson ... Cohen
Cliff Gorman ... Toto
George Baker ... British Ambassador David Mountolive
Elaine Church Elaine Church ... Liza
Michael Constantine ... Memlik Pasha
Marcel Dalio ... French Consul General
Michael Dunn ... Mnemjian
Barry Morse ... Colonel Maskelyne
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Storyline

In Alexandria, in 1938, Darley, a young British schoolmaster and poet, makes friends through Pursewarden, the British consular officer, with Justine, the beautiful and mysterious wife of a Coptic banker. He observes the affairs of her heart and incidentally discovers that she is involved in a plot against the British, meant to arm the Jewish underground in Palestine. The plot finally fails, Justine is sent to jail and Darley decides to return to England. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

Alexandria - Perfumed city of carnal delights moral corruption. Justine - pride of Alexandria

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexandria See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anouk Aimee couldn't bear being without her lover and future husband Albert Finney during location shooting and wanted to leave. Director George Cukor persuaded her friend Omar Sharif to convince her of the dire consequences for her career if she did. Although Sharif failed, Finney was able to convince her to finish the film. See more »

Quotes

Pursewarden: [to Justine] When the hell are you going to stop being an old sin-cushion - into which we all have to thrust our rusty pins!
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Connections

Featured in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Samba Chica
(uncredited)
Music by Herbert W. Spencer
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Based on Durrell collection
20 March 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In 1938 Alexandria, a British schoolmaster (Michael York) befriends the wife of a banker named Justine (Anouk Aimee), a mysterious woman whom he meets through a British officer (Dirk Bogarde). She's actually a prostitute and political activist.

Darley, the York character, finds out that Justine is heavily involved with an anti-British plot to give arms to the Jewish underground in Palestine.

This uneven film is based on Lawrence Durrell's collection, "The Alexandria Quartet." The film is pretty unsuccessful, though there are still signs of director Cukor's hands - he took over from the original director. The film seems like it starts in the middle. Nice photography, good music, but it doesn't hang together. Michael York, Dirk Bogarde, and John Vernon are all good; Aimee does okay. Apparently she and Cukor didn't get along. She gives a somewhat confusing performance.

Can't really recommend it.


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