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That Most Important Thing: Love (1975)

L'important c'est d'aimer (original title)
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 »


Andrzej Zulawski


Christopher Frank (novel), Christopher Frank (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Schneider ... Nadine Chevalier
Fabio Testi ... Servais Mont
Jacques Dutronc ... Jacques Chevalier
Claude Dauphin ... Mazelli
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Le père de Servais
Gabrielle Doulcet Gabrielle Doulcet ... Madame Mazelli
Michel Robin ... Raymond Lapade
Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse ... Laurent Messala
Katia Tchenko ... Myriam
Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Luce
Klaus Kinski ... Karl-Heinz Zimmer
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... L'assistant-metteur en scène
Henri Coutet Henri Coutet ... Le père de Jacques (scenes deleted)
Sylvain Levignac Sylvain Levignac ... Le premier homme dans la brasserie (as Sylvain)
Andrée Tainsy Andrée Tainsy ... La mère de Jacques (scenes deleted) (as Andree Tainsy)


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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Drama | Romance


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


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 »


References Earth (1930) See more »

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Uninteresting Plot, Far Too Slow, Pointless Nudity Everywhere, But Well-Acted
7 May 2020 | by dommercaldiSee all my reviews

Pros: 1. Both Romy Schneider (Nadine Chevalier) and Fabio Testi (Servais Mont) give really good performances. 2. Fabio Testi and Romy Schneider also have great chemistry with each other.

Cons: 1. The dialogue is quite obviously dubbed and it's incredibly distracting. 2. The cinematography is really strange. Not only is it filled with pointless zoom-ins and framing decisions, but the lighting is exceedingly ugly. 3. The score is very overbearing and played way too loudly. 4. The sound design is often wayward. During a scene that takes place in a hallway, for example, the sound that is emitted sounds as if the scene was filmed in a shallow cave. 5. The plot is unengaging and nonsensical at times. 6. None of the characters are particularly likable or interesting. 7. The pacing is far too slow which means the movie is a little laborious to get through. 8. There is too much pointless nudity that just feels inserted for shock value.

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Release Date:

April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France


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$5,370, 16 July 2017

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