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Justine (1969)

In British Palestine of 1938, several men vie for the affections of a Coptic banker's wife who's involved with the anti-British underground movement.

Directors:

George Cukor, Joseph Strick (uncredited)

Writers:

Lawrence Durrell (novel), Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay)
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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 (Michael York, a young British schoolmaster and poet, makes friends through Pursewarden (Sir Dirk Bogarde), the British Consular Officer, with Justine (Anouk Aimée), 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 | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This was the last theatrical movie to be photographed by Leon Shamroy, and his only collaboration with Director George Cukor. 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

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Samba Chica
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Music by Herbert W. Spencer
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"She seemed to move in a golden glow...blood-sister to a thousand tyrant queens!"
11 July 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

With very little exposition, we are unceremoniously plunked down into this muddle of a tale set on the coast of the Mediterranean sea in Alexandria, just north of Egypt. Michael York stars as a schoolteacher and writer in the 1930s who is returning to Alexandria on a "fool's journey", having an affair with a belly dancer but just as quickly dumping her for a tempestuous politico named Justine, a married prostitute (and former Jew!) who is panicked by the British takeover of the Muslims. Adapted from Lawrence Durrell's celebrated collection "The Alexandria Quartet", this indifferent, wayward drama shows no signs of a decisive captain of the ship. Filmmaker George Cukor (of all people) took over after the first director was fired; how much of the original work remains is unknown--but, no matter, the whole misbegotten venture is terrible from start to finish. York (who also narrates, seemingly under duress) approaches every scene with the same expression: a quizzical blank. Anouk Aimée teases him by licking crumbs from his lips and dashing into the ocean naked, but when York gets physical, she freezes up like a Hollywood heroine from the 1950s and tells him, "Don't!" Leon Shamroy's cinematography is fine, Jerry Goldsmith's music is lively, and John Vernon is surprisingly cordial and handsome as Justine's husband. All the rest is cinematic cabbage. *1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexandria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,870,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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