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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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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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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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References Alphaville (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

An die Musik, D.547
Words by Franz von Schober
Music by Franz Schubert
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Prescient allegory about euro currency
19 August 2011 | by salber-2See all my reviews

Having just read about Raoul Ruiz's passing I was motivated to look up reviews of my favorite film of his. I am writing this because I was surprised to see that none of the reviewers seemed to get that the film was an allegory for the coming of the Euro currency. The "craziness" of the film is actually a commentary on the craziness of the Euro. For instance viewers will notice that the characters lose their personalities on the Rue Maastricht. The Maastricht Treaty laid the groundwork for the Euro in 1992 that wentinto effect January 1, 1999. Much of what is happening today with Europe and the Euro was symbolically foreshadowed in the film.

If you watched the film and didn't understand its underlying premise I suggest watching again. I am sure you'll experience an "ah ha" moment and will discover this crazy film of Mr. Ruiz's makes brilliant sense.


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