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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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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Connections

Referenced in Romy (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Désespoir Et Violence
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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