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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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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Jacques Chevalier: J'ai rêvé de toi. Tu me versais du Coca-Cola dans l'oreille... Une vilaine mort, croyez-moi !
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Romy (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballade Dérisoire
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Shouting, weeping, and all to no avail
1 July 2002 | by taylor9885See all my reviews

This is a film for manic-depressives or people on amphetamines, maybe. I have rarely seen such frenetic activity outside of martial-arts pictures, yet the story is simple: a woman tires of her limp husband (Dutronc)and tries to start up with a much more masculine type (Testi). The milieu is the porn movie business which Schneider's character works in, interwoven with the classical theatre world she would like to belong to.

Romy Schneider got the Cesar award for her performance here; she pulls out all the stops to create this gifted but battered-by-life character. Pity that Zulawski couldn't craft a more balanced film around her.


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