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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 / 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:

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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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 Son of Zorro (1947) See more »

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Largo
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Love is pain.
3 August 2004 | by audrius-darguzisSee all my reviews

A very simple, and (thus) extremely powerful film. And, sadly, underrated. It's a mind-opening experience. It doesn't say anything new or different on the subject, its simplicity and consistence shows loud and clear that...love is nothing but pain, but it's the only thing worth fighting (living; feeling pain) for; the only thing that sets you free. When Schneider's personage finds an earlier repulsive photograph dying in his desolated apartment you get to feel that now she cannot not love him... A very sincere, believable, touching film resembling real life and real love. Every actor's work is praise-worth, and worth the film's title. They knew what each of them were talking about. And no wonder Kinski took part in this. (The mood of this film is somehow similar to Last Tango in Paris.) You can almost feel wounded along with these 'people' that are being thrashed by love.


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