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Three Lives and Only One Death (1996)

Trois vies et une seule mort (original title)
Take a walk into the dreamlike world of filmmaker Raul Ruiz as he takes us to Paris for a twisting ride. Four strangely symmetrical stories unfold involving love, lust, crime, and time.

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Raoul Ruiz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Mateo Strano / Georges Vickers / Butler / Luc Allamand
Anna Galiena ... Maria Gabri-Colosso, "Tania la Corse"
Marisa Paredes ... María
Melvil Poupaud ... Martin
Chiara Mastroianni ... Cécile
Arielle Dombasle ... Hélène
Féodor Atkine ... André
Jean-Yves Gautier Jean-Yves Gautier ... Mario
Jacques Pieiller Jacques Pieiller ... Tania's Husband
Pierre Bellemare Pierre Bellemare ... Radio Narrator
Smaïn Smaïn ... Luca
Lou Castel ... Bum #1
Roland Topor ... Bum #2
Jacques Delpi Jacques Delpi ... Bum #3
Jean Badin Jean Badin ... Antoine José
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Take a walk into the dreamlike world of filmmaker Raul Ruiz as he takes us to Paris for a twisting ride. Four strangely symmetrical stories unfold involving love, lust, crime, and time. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Lives and Only One Death See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Last filmed starring Marcello Mastroianni that was released before his death in 1996. See more »

Quotes

Radio Announcer: Extreme happiness is a form of misery.
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Connections

References Alphaville (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

An die Musik, D.547
Words by Franz von Schober
Music by Franz Schubert
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Surrealistic, strange, talky, flat, confusing.
4 April 2004 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Raul Ruiz has crafted a genuinely surrealistic film, dealing with such subjects as identity, time, chance and the cyclical pattern of events, but for all his camera tricks (some of which are outstanding), his storytelling is rather flat, and his characters talk too much. Ruiz asks for too much patience and too many allowances on the part of the viewer, without giving his stories the kicker that would justify them; his one big revelation was all but spoiled in pretty much every review of the film, not to mention its own title. (*1/2)


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