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L'important c'est d'aimer (1975)

R | | Drama, Romance | April 1977 (USA)
Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies. Trying to help her, he borrows the money from the loan sharks to finance the ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrzej Zulawski

Writers:

Christopher Frank (novel), Christopher Frank (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Schneider ... Nadine / Wife
Fabio Testi ... Servais / Nadine's lover
Jacques Dutronc ... Jacques / Husband
Claude Dauphin ... Mazelli
Gabrielle Doulcet Gabrielle Doulcet ... Madame Mazelli
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Le père de Servais / Servais' father
Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse ... Laurent Messala / Director
Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Luce / la femme de Lapade-Lapade's wife
Michel Robin ... Raymond Lapade / Servais' friend
Klaus Kinski ... Karl-Heinz Zimmer / Actor
Katia Tchenko ... Myriam / la putain-the whore
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... L'assistant-metteur en scène-The assistant director
Henri Coutet Henri Coutet ... Le père de Jacques (scenes deleted)
Andrée Tainsy Andrée Tainsy ... La mère de Jacques (scenes deleted)
Olga Valéry Olga Valéry ... La femme au godemiché / The woman with a dildo
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Storyline

Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies. Trying to help her, he borrows the money from the loan sharks to finance the theatrical production of 'Richard III' and gives Nadine a part. Nadine is torn apart between Servais, for whom she is falling in love, and her husband Jacques, to whom she has moral obligations. Written by Yuri German <blsidt1@imf.org>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That Most Important Thing: Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,370, 14 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,444, 24 September 2017
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

'Romy Schneider' considered this movie her best work. See more »

Quotes

Nadine Chevalier: I'm dubbing Jane Fonda.
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Alternate Versions

Italian video version excludes some violent and explicit erotic scenes and runs 105 min. See more »

Connections

References Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Théâtre
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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The most overrated French movie of all time ?
15 January 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This one is a strong contender!Romy Schneider was highly praised (and granted a Cesar) for her "harrowing" part but Zulawski is definitely a deeply boring terribly pretentious director.Outside Schneider,the casts includes zombie Dutronc who portrays a totally unconvincing character with suicidal tendencies and Fabio Testi,one of the worst Italian actors.

The plot is very trite but it is given a "meaningful" "intellectual" treatment whose purpose is to make the audience feel they have watched an "important" work.

Nadine Chevalier was Schneider's answer to those who thought she was still their Sissi.

I'm not an intellectual:I like Sissi best.


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