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The Proprietor (1996)

R | | Drama | 9 October 1996 (USA)
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An expatriated French novelist (Jeanne Moreau) returns to Paris when she learns that her childhood home is being placed on the auction block. What she doesn't count on is that she has to ... See full summary »

Director:

Ismail Merchant

Writers:

Jean-Marie Besset (screenplay), George W.S. Trow (screenplay) (as George Trow) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Adrienne Mark
Sean Young ... Virginia Kelly / 'Call me French' - Sally
Sam Waterston ... Harry Bancroft
Christopher Cazenove ... Elliott Spencer
Nell Carter ... Millie Jackson
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Franz Legendre
Austin Pendleton ... Willy Kunst
Charlotte de Turckheim ... Judith Mark
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ... Raymond T.K
Marc Tissot Marc Tissot ... Patrice Legendre
Josh Hamilton ... William O'Hara
Joanna Adler ... New York - F. Freemder
James Naughton ... New York - Texans
J. Smith-Cameron ... New York - Texans
Michael Bergin ... New York - Bobby
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An expatriated French novelist (Jeanne Moreau) returns to Paris when she learns that her childhood home is being placed on the auction block. What she doesn't count on is that she has to confront many old issues dating back to her childhood and bringing herself full circle to her present day life. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A story of changing times, constant relationships, and reconciliation with the past.

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Drama

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Rated R for brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Proprietária See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$113,649
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jean-Pierre Aumont's final film appearance. See more »

Soundtracks

If I Didn't Care
Written by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Marc Tissot
Arranged by Colin Good
by kind permission of Warner Chappell Music Limited
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Jeanne Moreau makes this a worthy film
10 August 2001 | by larryhollidaySee all my reviews

The mature and beautiful Jeanne Moreau makes this film worth more than a footnote or a curiosity in her filmography. The interplay between Moreau and Nell Carter is funny and moving. While there are transitions that are not as smooth or well written as they could be, this movie resonates with those of us who have reached "a certain age."

Though not all of us have the opportunity to revisit our pasts, we each manufacture the imagery that we carry with us for our lifetimes. Those of us who are lucky enough to get a chance to revisit our youth are often rudely awakened to the reality that the imagery we have carried with us is not necessarily reality.

This touching story involves a successful novelist, Moreau, who late in life decides to return to her Parisian roots. It is about her departure from New York, where she has been living since the war (WWII) and her return to Paris after 50 years. It is in the remembrance of her mother and the realizations of what actually happened to her as a child during the war that are the heart of this movie.

While there are unnecessary sub-plots, even these diversions give the director, Ismael Merchant, an opportunity to cinematically present Paris at its most lovely.

I consider this a very good movie with yet another brilliant and controlled performance by the incomparable Moreau. There are some very interesting character roles including Jean Pierre Aumont. The cinematography is lovely!


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