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That Most Important Thing: Love (1975)

L'important c'est d'aimer (original title)
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 Chevalier
Fabio Testi ... Servais Mont
Jacques Dutronc ... Jacques Chevalier
Claude Dauphin ... Mazelli
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Le père de Servais / Servais's father
Gabrielle Doulcet Gabrielle Doulcet ... Madame Mazelli
Michel Robin ... Raymond Lapade
Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse ... Laurent Messala
Katia Tchenko ... Myriam, la putain
Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Luce, la femme de Lapade
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)
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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:

L'important c'est d'aimer 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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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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Connections

References East of Eden (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Désespoir Et Violence
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Watch this underrated masterpiece of the 70s
22 May 2007 | by fagerardSee all my reviews

Romy Schneider was absolutely right to consider this film as her major professional achievement. Thanks to Christopher Franck's remarkable adaptation from his own awarded novel LA NUIT AMERICAINE (not to be mistaken with Truffaut's well-known DAY FOR NIGHT) and to Georges Delerue's haunting soundtrack, Zulawski is here at his paramount, because his usual romantic excesses perfectly fit this time the subject. As for the cast, all the actors have never been so right in the part they've been chosen for : from Fabio Testi to Jacques Dutronc, from Klaus Kinsky to Claude Dauphin, not to mention Michel Robin. The scene in the bar, just after the theatrical premiere of Shakespeare's RICHARD III, when the whole crew reads the articles dedicated to their play, almost looks like a mirror of Zulawski himself, as most of his works have been misunderstood, if not definitely "killed" by the critics. if you happen to belong to the happy few who sincerely praise L'IMPORTANT C'EST D'AIMER, try to see some day the films that writer Christopher Franck personally directed from other novels of his about the same bohemian milieu, specially JOSEPHA, featuring Miou Miou & Claude Brasseur.


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